Skip to comments.Missouri Democrats Beg Kerry: Pick Edwards, Not Gephardt
Posted on 06/29/2004 1:11:37 PM PDT by areafiftyone
The Democrats who know him best are sabotaging Dick Gephardt's chances of being Sen. John Kerry's running mate.
Eight of 11 county chairmen selected at random by the Associated Press in Gephardt's home state of Missouri preferred Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina. Only two chose the former House minority leader.
But is a freshman senator with few accomplishments really superior to Geppy's centuries of experience just because of a pretty face, fancy hair and excellent dentistry? Apparently yes.
"Edwards is the exciting one," said St. Charles County party chairman Joe Koester.
"Gephardt just doesn't have the get-up-and-go that Edwards has," said Irma Brannum, party chairman in Butler County.
"That John Edwards is a fresh face and exciting," said Charles Christy, longtime party boss in Boone County.
"The person I like best and I hear the most buzz about for V.P. in our area is John Edwards," said Lawrence County party chairman Jim Kabell.
AP reported, "Democrats outside St. Louis were indifferent about Gephardt and, in candid moments, slightly resentful."
For example, he attended the party's annual bash in 1988 during his first fizzled bid for the presidential nomination. Then he failed to attend again until this year - during his second flop of a run.
"To a certain extent we do feel forgotten by Gephardt unless he needs us," said Daryl Boulware, Democrat chairman in Clark County. "We are rural folks, and sometimes we do feel neglected."
Begging, that's all the Democrats are good for.
Imagine the veep debate!
But would Kerry make such a blunder?
I believe he would. I wouldn't be the first time.
I believe he would. It wouldn't be the first time.
I have no idea who. I can just see it happening.
"Imagine the veep debate!"
I just did. LOL.
Thats what I think too - not necessarily a woman but someone the dems haven't even thought of.
I am thinking along the same lines. It is almost impossible for a Washington insider to get elected let alone two of them on the same ticket.
Edwards would be an easy target too. All you would have to do is dig around and find a bunch of scum bags he represented as a lawyer. All kinds of room to find contradictions, conflicts of interest and general sleeze.
LOL! That's a color photo of Gephardt, isn't it?
"Edwards is the exciting one,"
"Gephardt just doesn't have the get-up-and-go that Edwards has,"
"That John Edwards is a fresh face and exciting,"
"The person I like best and I hear the most buzz about for V.P. in our area is John Edwards,"
Its like being in the high school girls locker room, as the cheerleaders debate who should be voted prom king.
(sorry, I dont have any pictures to link to this post)
Edwards would be the democrats' Dan Quail. Everything they accused Quail of could be thrown right back at them...especially given the stature of Cheney (who is no Lord Benson).
Kerry is seriously dissing Edwards by not having selected him already, especially with so many people asking for Edwards so vocally, and with no other obvious choice at hand. The protracted delay reveals Kerry as someone who can't make a decision. At this point, even if Kerry does select Edwards it will seem a reluctant choice. Gephardt showed in the primaries that he has very little ability to garner votes. OTOH, if Kerry goes around Edwards to select some lesser light from the wings of the Democratic party, it will seriously disappoint many potential voters and party donors. In short, Kerry has botched this process badly.
A good reason that Kerry would prefer Gephardt.
Historically, what has been the time frame that a running mate is announced prior to the convention?
Don't write Edwards off as just an ambulance chaser. It it was easy to make a couple of hundred million as an ambulance chaser a lot more folks would do it. It takes intelligence, drive, organizational ability and (at least superficially) a winning personality. It also takes contempt for truth, justice and anything else that stands between you and a payday. Edwards doesn't wear well over time -- that's why he is not running for a second term, but he made fortune on his ability to con, err, persuade folks to believe in him in the short term. That makes him dangerous between the Democrat convention and election day.
I knew Lord Benson. Lord Benson was a friend of mine. And Lord Benson was no Lloyd Bentsen.
Imagine the veep debate!
No not really. In my entire years of Veep debates Lloyd Besten line is the only thing I can remember. I doubt that the Cheney v whoever will be remembered by anyone either.
like it matters ?!?!?!
Is Edwards divorced? Are the case records sealed?
The veep choice is meaningless. The problem is their #1 on the ticket, not the #2.
I think he'll pick hillary.
He doesn't have any women in power in his campaign, I don't think. He's as weak on gender issues as he is on minorities. hillary would solve that problem.
Rep. Jane Harmon of CA? Ranking
Dem on the House Intel Committee,
Oh. Wait. She won't do it. Hmm. But when you think about it, don't you suspect he'd like to snare a Republican? Maybe that's what the McCain courtship was all about. Kerry is dreaming of a turncoat Republican to boost his ratings. Wonder if, decades from now, we'll be reading about the Kerry overtures in Colin Powell's memoirs?
Quel dommage! Republicans are so hard to seduce!
I don't really know when the typical time is, but every election is different. In this case, Kerry needs to define himself, and there are no apparent reason why this decision should be particularly difficult. We were hearing months ago that Kerry should decide soon. For example, I found the following news story from April 5, when Nancy Pelosi was saying Kerry needed to pick someone by May 1. Pelosi is certainly no pro-Bush pundant. But she was saying that if Kerry didn't pick someone, he would have to spare with Cheney in the press, which proved prophetic. (Picking th Republican McCain as his first choice, and being jilted didn't help Kerry's image either.
The following story is excerptedd from ABC News:
UPDATED - Saturday April 03, 2004 7:49pm Washington (AP) - House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi has some advice for presumptive Democratic nominee John Kerry (website - news - bio) : Pick a running mate - sooner rather than later. The California Democrat suggested that Kerry make May 1 his deadline for deciding on a vice presidential candidate, well before the party's national convention in Boston in late July. "It's very important to have another person on the field who is part of the presidential ticket," Pelosi told a round-table meeting of reporters Friday. "I don't want to see John Kerry debating with Dick Cheney in the press, I don't want to see him debating down. I want him to be debating the president of the United States." Pelosi said she shared her views on timing last month with Jim Johnson, who is heading Kerry's vice presidential search. "I think that it would be important to have a nominee by May 1," Pelosi said. Kerry's campaign has been vague about a timetable for the decision.
PICK GEPHARDT! PICK GEPHARDT! PRETTY PLEASE?
If he's smart he'll pick Lieberman. Best he can do. No matter. It still isn't smart enough.
I'm from Missouri, and that's why I said in post 32:
"PICK GEPHARDT! PICK GEPHARDT! PRETTY PLEASE?"
It'll be Al Gore.
I hope he picks "wide-ass" landrieu from Louisiana.
She is even dizzier than he is!! and if she accidentally sat down on him, it would be like the cartoon where the fat lady lost her remote!!! lol
I live in MO as well. Gephart has the support of a lot people in my town because of all the unions around here. But thats it. Im praying they pick him too!
If he was going to pick a woman from the House or Senate, I believe that he'd pick someone more well-known - like Pelosi, Boxer or Feinstein.
He needs "star-power". McCain has it, and so does hillary.
I wouldn't be surprised. Powell has a lot of what Kerry needs - race, popularity, experience, responsible judgement (which is one quality that would make him refuse).
One of the things the clintoons did to the Dem party is leave them without a solid core of experienced and able people to run in later elections. Richardson is doing ok, but most of the rest not so hot. Janet Reno? Robert Reich?
Why not? Kerry has begged McCain countless times.
It'll be Edwards or Bayh.
Hillary's negatives are sky-high,
however. Feinstein would not run,
for lots of personal reasons, I
believe. Kerry has a problem if a
celebrity-type outshines HIM too
This smells like a hit job. The press wants Edwards so they're making attacks on Gephardt. Missouri evidently has 120 counties and independent cities, so AP probably went to the Dem county chairmen in just about all of them and asked who they want the Veep pick to be. They found 11 who want Edwards (the rest were probably loyal to Gephardt), and they run a story about how even Missouri county chairmen don't want Gephardt. Sneaky rats.
Puhleeeeeeeeeeze pick Gepfart...
I can just see the presidential adds with Geppy spouting off how the President is "a miserable failure"...
then posting "W's" record:
Economy Humming - check
Afghanistan Free - check
Iraq Free, UN on board, Nato on board - check
I guess Geppy oughtta look in the mirror...
After all he was replaced by Nancy Pelosi!!!
Now do we want to talk about "miserable failures"?