Thursday, January 24, 2008

John Edwards as Mr. Clean

As the two front-runners mud wrestle, the Great White Hope from North Carolina keeps blinking his eyes earnestly in the hope that Democrats will turn their lonely eyes toward him.

But John Edwards, like Mitt Romney in the other contest, is just too airbrushed for the part, try as he may, and his instinct for the jugular may remind voters of the class tattletale.

The New York Observer reports Edwards at a New York fundraiser, calling John McCain too "crazy" to have his finger on the nuclear button and hinting that Hillary Clinton will be tarring Barack Obama with more Rezko mud.

But if Edwards can pull off a decent showing in South Carolina Saturday, he may be able to hang around as a vulture waiting to pick at Clinton's and Obama's bones.

If so, voters may want to recall that, under all the operatic wailing for the poor, is a multimillionaire negligence lawyer who only last year fronted for a hedge fund that victimized them and, in one tepid term in the Senate, voted for the Iraq war in 2002.

That doesn't quite qualify him for the part of Mr. Clean.


Liza said...

Edwards would settle for the VP slot, and that is why he is going to hang in there as long as possible. He better do well in South Carolina, or he may not make it past Super Duper Tuesday. His goal is to make it to the Democratic convention with enough delegates to cut a deal. Eight years as a VP is his best chance for the nomination in 2016 and he will still be young enough. He just can't do it any other way.

Anonymous said...

If the final outcome is not McCain/Lieberman versus Clinton/Richardson, it might be
Neil Bush/Condoleezza Rice against Algore/Al Sharpton.

But I would not bet on Edwards being anybody's VP.