Monday, January 15, 2007



Everyone I know is pissed off at Carl Levin, the poor stooge carrying the Senate Democrats' pathetic, toothless, symbolic, nonbinding resolution that will tell Bush "tsk, tsk." Sooner or later this is going to spill over and start burning the Democrats who would be presidente. In fact... sooner.

Today's New York Birdcage Liner has a great story called "Hill Jabs At John". Actually it was one of Clinton's flacks, Howard Wolfson and he whined that "in 2004, John Edwards used to constantly brag about running a positive campaign. Today, he has unfortunately chosen to open his campaign with political attacks on Democrats who are fighting the Bush administration's Iraq policy." Isn't that slick? Well, slick, you just elevated a certain ex-senator from North Carolina quite a bit in New York City.

Edwards hadn't actually mentioned Clinton and his critique was no doubt meant for most of his sittin'-on-the-fence, wet-fingers-in-the-air rivals, not just her. "Silence is betrayal, and I believe it is a betrayal not to speak out against the escalation of the war in Iraq," Edwards told a crowd at Manhattan's Riverside Church, where Martin Luther King had declared his opposition to the Vietnam War. "If you're in Congress and you know that this war is going in the wrong direction... it is no longer OK to study your options and keep your own private counsel. Silence is betrayal. Speak out and stop this escalation now."

That's the message Democrats want to hear. Hillary knows that but she's checking to see if it's also the message non-Democrats want to hear. If it is, expect her to run to the front of the parade... any day now.


I just passed a TV and Wolf Blitzer was interviewing New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson. I only heard one question, something like: "Do you favor using the power of the purse to prevent Bush from sending more troops to Iraq?" That got my attention. Richardson didn't hesitate or fudge. "Yes," was the short answer and then he went into why. Maybe it's easier for a governor than a senator but it's the only right answer and no answer is a wrong answer.


At 3:48 PM, Blogger TeddySanFran said...

Wolfson better be careful or Hilldog might not get picked by cute Johnnie to be his Veep!

Isn't Wolfson the consultant she sent to "help" Ned?

At 4:19 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edwards is a wolf in sheep's clothing, plain and simple.

Stop for a minute, and consider what he's actually done, and not his talk.

While many members in congress wisely voted against the Iraq war, Edwards not only voted for it, he co-sponsored the disastrous resolution with neocon Joe Lieberman, that made it possible.

Edwards also co-sponsored and voted for the massive increase in H-1b visas, that dumped 195,000 foreign workers on the job market, destroying perhaps hundreds of thousands of American tech careers.

Edwards voted for normal trade relations with China, making American workers have to compete with Chinese labor standards, which of course they can't.

Edwards voted for the DREAM act, forcing states to give in-state tuition (a subsidy) to illegal aliens, when there are poor Americans in these states who can’t afford to send their kids to college, partially because illegal immigration drove down their wages. This act, of course only encourages more illegal immigration because it extends even further the taxpayers obligations to those who break our laws to come here.

But what about civil liberties? Here again, Edwards voted to the Patriot act, perhaps the greatest risk to civil liberties, ever.

Edwards supporters don’t want Edwards to be held accountable for these facts. Yet, Edwards made himself extremely wealthy holding others (such as doctors) accountable - while doctors malpractice premiums rose so much as to make many obstetricians leave their specialty. More illegal alien taxpayer payed births, and fewer obstetricians - could that be why health care costs are skyrocketing?

One simple question - 10 years ago, if you did your job, the way Edwards performed as Senator, do you think he would he advocate that you get a big promotion?

Or do you think he would he have sued you and taken you to the cleaners?

At 6:56 PM, Anonymous teach said...

Anonymous said:

"Yet, Edwards made himself extremely wealthy holding others (such as doctors) accountable - while doctors malpractice premiums rose so much as to make many obstetricians leave their specialty. More illegal alien taxpayer payed births, and fewer obstetricians - could that be why health care costs are skyrocketing?"

This is a red herring argument. If you are going to go after Edwards in liberal Democratic circles, this one is useless to you. Most of have read the GAO reports on torte reform and understand that this is not what is raising the costs of health care.

At 9:00 PM, Blogger Jimmy the Saint said...

Yes, Wolfson was the one sent to help Lamont.

Who is giving Edwards a free ride? Not anyone I am aware of. He has an awful lost of explaining to do. All of the announced(and some of the likely) candidates do. If anything, at this point, Edwards is the lesser evil.

At 10:16 PM, Blogger Madison Guy said...

Ironically, the words from MLK's 1967 speech at Riverside Church that John Edwards quoted Sunday and made the central theme of his own speech were not King's own words. "A time comes when silence is betrayal." King went far beyond that, with a radical critique of American capitalism, militarism and racism. He issued a challenge that still haunts us today: " If we do not act, we shall surely be dragged down the long, dark, and shameful corridors of time reserved for those who possess power without compassion, might without morality, and strength without sight."

At 10:43 PM, Blogger Jude Nagurney Camwell said...

Troll alert. I thought I should mention that "anonymous" is on other blogs today making the exact same comments. He or she is trolling the net looking for John Edwards posts to blast. I don't know how you want to handle it, but I thought you'd want to know.

Here's my post where he (or she) did it.

At 10:58 PM, Anonymous Jim said...


Why are you spamming every Edwards blog with links to your own blog?

Knock off the self promotion!

At 10:29 AM, Anonymous cali dem said...

This is an interesting post...just yesterday I was talking to other poltical junkies about the possibility of an Edwards/Richardson ticket.

BTW - Edwards is out front so he's taking all the hits -- from the right and from democrats. TNR has a hit piece on him today.

At 5:04 PM, Blogger Bil said...

Thanks iddybud, I suspect that troll of being a regular on the Dump Michele Bachmann site and mirrors Dare2sayit, another small Minnesotan in a small pond, a regular immigrant basher.

I am for non-anonymous trolls. This one is nicknamed Ano (long A).

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