Thursday, June 02, 2005

Edwards: Plotting the Presidency

John Edwards couldn't be running harder if he were being chased by a pack of Plott hounds (that's the NC state dog, by the way!).

After the election, I said that he would go back to law practice, or not. If he did, that meant his political aspirations were ended.

But he has a think tank, and a political organization and is giving talks all over the place.

This is costing him $10million a year, at least, in lost legal fees. So, he is serious.

So, he is definitely running. In fact, I am a little surprised he is running so openly. There is nothing coy or shy about this. He is going for it full bore, all the time.

The talks, the picket lines, the appearances at conferences....these are all the work of someone trying to build a resume. His particular weakness is foreign policy, of course. He is trying to build a record of knowledge about foreign policy (see the task force with Kemp), but it is going to be hard.

He has no relevant experience, and his time in the Senate gave absolutely no indication of either knowledge of or aptitude for foreign policy questions. Right now, Edwards is a one trick pony: Two Americas, Two Americas, etc. That's why he has the "One America Committee," to emphasize the two Americas theme. IF there were a Dem administration in the White House, he could get appointed to some kind of committee, or task force. But Bush is not going to help, so all Edwards can do is this aggressive "offensive of caring", where he makes appearances and expresses the fact that he really cares about foreign policy. (I'm joking. Some more jokes on Edwards)

Hillary has no more foreign policy experience than Edwards does, but she lived in the White House. She visited foreign dignitaries, presidents. She has flown on Air Force One. And, unlike Edwards, Hillary did things in the Senate the right way: she acted like a senator. She served on committees, did reports, and kept a low profile building experience and respect. Edwards acted like his hair was on fire, and never participated in the Senate as a Senator in any important way.

Hillary cannot win the general election; her negatives are too high (more than 50%, in some polls). But she might defeat Edwards in enough key primaries (New York, Massachusetts, California) to deny him the nomination.


Anonymous said...

Call me incredibly naive, but has he thought about the fact that if he (personally or politically) ends poverty Democrats will lose their raison de être? Not to mention any hope at regaining political power.

Anonymous said...

that makes sense. gop has become the big government party so that they can keep campaigning against washington.

Mungowitz said...

You are both right.

Dems need need.

And Repubs depend on there being a big intrusive government. Clever of them to be able both to CONTROL that big intrusive government, and complain about it.

They are all bad news. Vote Libertarian.

Anonymous said...

"You are both right.

Dems need need.

And Repubs depend on there being a big intrusive government. Clever of them to be able both to CONTROL that big intrusive government, and complain about it.

They are all bad news. Vote Libertarian."

Smackdown! I know you are not into this stuff where everybody get's together and plots away at taking your Liberty away at horny lube or on a big time scale like brother Jack giving a little CFR advice to John Boy about world affairs. But John Boy was bought up to speed last year when he and Ralphfee Reed boy slipped into the big time of world politics just to make sure they were all on the same page as usual. By the way, if you are thinking Hell lee is not up to speed on this new world order business, I got news for you, She was the guest speaker to this little boy club in 1997 when they met in Georgia... You are correct! Voting Libertarian keeps the NWO away for a day.

The 52nd Bilderberg Meeting will be held in Stresa, Italy, 3-6 June 2004. The Conference will deal mainly with European American relations and in this context US Politics, Iraq, The Middle East., European Geopolitics, NATO, China, Economoic Problems and Energy......

USA - Boot, Max - Neoconservative, Council on foreign Relations, Features Editor, Wall Street Journal

USA - Corzine, Jon S. - Senator (D, New Jersey), Chairman and CEO, Goldman Sachs

USA - Donilon, Thomas L - Vice-President, Fannie Mae, Council on Foreign Relations

USA - Edwards, John - Senator (D. North Carolina), Democratic Presidential Candidate

USA - Gates, Melinda F. - Co-Founder, Gates Foundation, wife of Bill Gates

USA - Graham, Donald E. - Chairman and CEO, Washington Post Company

USA - Haas, Richard N. - President, Council on Foreign Relations, former Director of Policy and Planning staff, State Department

USA - Holbrooke, Richard C - Vice Chairman, Perseus, former Director, Council on Foreign Relations, former Assistant Secretary of State

USA - Kissinger Henry A. - Chairman, Kissinger Associates Inc.

I - Merlini, Cesare - Executive Vice Chairman, Council for the United States and Italy, Council on Foreign Relations, former director, Italian Institute for International Affairs

USA - Reed, Ralph E. - President, Century Strategies

Bora Zivkovic said...

Yup, it is old news that Edwards went to Bilderberg. I am assuming you forgot this one: