Sunday, February 04, 2007

Edwards and the mea culpa...will it work?

I noticed when I watched John Edwards speech at the DNC Winter Meeting that he was not afraid to talk about the war in Iraq. I've heard him before clearly state that he feels today his vote on Iraq was wrong and given Obama's inability to be strong on that issue, and Hillary in a position where she is trying to say she'll do more than just support the non-binding resolution, Edwards is in a stronger position than either one of them because he is not in office right now. It creates a position as can be seen by this Washington Post article where he can run for President without having his current vote record thrown at him, if he makes some of these past votes non-issues. Personally it's one of the main reasons I don't think Congresspersons have a good shot at winning the Whitehouse. They are placed in a situation where their votes (and their attendance) can be used against them. While Obama and Hillary may be the top two now to many, I predict as the campaign goes on and their actual records of what they are voting on right now can be used by those like Edwards, it could very well work against them.

5 comments:

Aaron said...

True, lots of governers getting elected to president...

I've been wondering how that will affect Richardson, being both congressman and governer.

Personally I think Edwards has no chance of proceeding. He wasn't a strength to Kerry as VP.

historymike said...

I think it's refreshing to see a politician be honest, but I am not convinced Edwards has the experience necessary for the Presidency.

hszoo said...

Hi, Lisa. Just read this about Edwards. I tend to lean more conservative, but I admit that even I like Edwards. By the way, I linked to your blog over at Zoo Talk - Waxing Political. Thanks so much for good reading!

Hooda Thunkit said...

IMO, Edwards could have diffused the whole thing with a laugh followed with a quick, "My bad." but he didn't.

The same thing goes for Dean.

However serious politician's don't seem to be able to laugh at themselves spontaneously and honestly...

Head Spinner Scott said...

I think governors get elected because only citizens of their state and a few outside pay attention to anything they do. I liked President Bush initially, but then grew to dislike him the more I followed him in Texas. I didn't feel he was a leader. I felt he benefited from a strong Lt Governor and Democrats that are too conservative to be New England Republicans

I like Edwards, but I am still rooting for Gore