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John Edwards: Sen. Lightweight -- Hugh Hewitt asserts Kerry made pick (only) based on politics
WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Wednesday, July 7, 2004 | Hugh Hewitt

Posted on 07/07/2004 12:03:54 AM PDT by JohnHuang2

Wednesday, July 7, 2004



John Edwards:
Sen. Lightweight


Posted: July 7, 2004
1:00 a.m. Eastern

By Hugh Hewitt


© 2004 WorldNetDaily.com

So it is John Edwards, Sen. Lightweight. Kerry's slippage in the polls dictated that he pick someone with flash and energy, but this choice won't wear well because the country knows it is wartime, and it knows that John Edwards is no more prepared to run a war than he is to run a small state or a large corporation. He spent four years in the Senate positioning himself to run for president and two years running. That's it. Aside from a talent for persuading juries to award money to injured people, John Edwards brings nothing to the debate except an ability to debate.

This is a pre-9/11 choice by a presidential nominee running away from 9/11. Kerry's strategy is now fixed: Ignore the war unless asked, and downplay it when asked.

Mike Erlandson is the chair of the Democratic Farm-Labor Party in Minnesota. He's very excited. He compares Edwards to Elvis. Great. Another serious American focusing on what it takes to be president when tens of thousands of Islamist fascists want to blow up the Americans they can't behead. Read John Mintz's assessment of the terror targets that the conventions provide in Monday's Washington Post after reading the stories on Edwards' selection. The anti-terror professionals have to be shaking their head. John Kerry could have picked anyone with any smattering of national-security credentials – even Hillary has more than Edwards – and there would be an argument that the veep was ready to step into the office if necessary.

So Kerry botches his first big decision by putting the major need – competence if disaster strikes – in a lower priority than political needs.

But did he even win there? Sure, the Democratic pros were in a swoon over Edwards, but all he won was South Carolina, and Tim Russert made him look like soft cheese last summer. Edwards is used to talking at people who can't ask questions back. Perhaps he'll hold his own, but he won't even carry Carolina for Kerry. It does give Hillary even more reason to sit back though, as Edwards now has a lead in 2008 as presumptive nominee.

Don't allow the hoopla surrounding Edwards to obscure the Time Magazine article on John Kerry's childhood. Spooky stuff: "The Making of John Kerry." This has the feel of a cover story, but Michael Moore's on the cover in another blow to Democrats stuck with the largest albatross in American history hung around their collective necks. The Nancy Gibbs and James Carney piece must have folks inside the Kerry camp screaming at Time, as this article seems like it began as a make-up for an earlier Time article that described Kerry as the "Swiss-educated son of a foreign service officer." Kerry gave an interview for it, as did many others close to him.

"Two years when you're 11 or 12 does not a 'Swiss education' make," huffs sister Diana Kerry. Well, yes it does. And the Kerry camp would have been better off leaving the childhood issue alone, because John Kerry's was one very odd upbringing.

Read the piece carefully. I didn't know that John Kerry was half Jewish, because I didn't know that both of his paternal grandparents were Jewish, and apparently neither did Kerry until recently. I did know that his grandfather committed suicide – he shot himself, and Kerry says he thought it had been an overdose – but I didn't know that John Kerry was born in Colorado because his father had been sent there on account of tuberculosis.

"He may be the senator from Massachusetts, but he is not from Massachusetts," concludes Time. "He's not really from anywhere."

So the man from nowhere selects a trial lawyer with no experience to assist him in the hunt for the world's most powerful job in the middle of a global conflict.

I just don't see it happening. But I do foresee a campaign in which John Kerry will try anything to get elected in an extension of a career that has been about filling a pretty big void in his own psyche. Today that means picking a guy he doesn't really like for a job he cannot fill, and tomorrow it will means whatever his advisers say he's got to do to stay competitive.

The Dems are stuck with an odd man in an urgent time. Bush's pollster Matthew Dowd says Kerry will establish a 15 point lead by the close of the convention only to watch it diminish in the weeks thereafter. Kerry's not known for graciousness when the going gets tough. August will be interesting.




TOPICS: Editorial; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: edwards; hughhewitt; lightweight

1 posted on 07/07/2004 12:03:55 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2

What we know about the Democrats "Dream Ticket" is its not ready for the challenges facing America in the post-9/11 world.


2 posted on 07/07/2004 12:07:14 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: JohnHuang2

That is why they call him John 'FUBAR' Kerry, because he will 'Foul Up Beyond All Repair'. Kaptain Ketchup has shown that he can't even do it right, when selecting a running mate.


3 posted on 07/07/2004 12:16:02 AM PDT by punster
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To: JohnHuang2
Mike Erlandson is the chair of the Democratic Farm-Labor Party in Minnesota. He's very excited. He compares Edwards to Elvis.

So if President Kerry were killed in a terrorist attack, and Vice President Edwards found out he was now the president, his first reaction would be to...shoot the television?

4 posted on 07/07/2004 12:16:49 AM PDT by RichInOC ("Anti-Elvis got no Elvis in him, let me tell ya...John Edwards got no Elvis in him...")
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To: RichInOC

I guess the comparison is apt. This is one ticket that will have more Elvis sightings over the next couple of years.


5 posted on 07/07/2004 12:19:46 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: JohnHuang2

Did anyone hear the media use the word "gravitas"?


6 posted on 07/07/2004 12:44:43 AM PDT by Notasoccermom
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To: xm177e2; mercy; Wait4Truth; hole_n_one; GretchenEE; Clinton's a rapist; buffyt; ladyinred; Angel; ..

Hugh Hewitt MEGA PING!!


9 posted on 07/07/2004 1:48:05 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
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To: JohnHuang2
Hey, John, do you know if anyone posted that Time article on Kerry? I have been babysitting my grandkids a lot this summer so may have missed it.

Good comments by Hewitt. I would add that Kerry made a big deal about not conducting the veep process like Gore did...Kerry was embarassed to not be chosen. However, in my opinion Kerry did WORSE at this than Gore. Not only have Gephardt and Graham been insulted, but the obvious attempt to woo McCain and Richardson plus Hillary's obvious non-interest have made him look like a loser.

10 posted on 07/07/2004 2:08:10 AM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple

Edwards was his THIRD choice?


11 posted on 07/07/2004 5:50:11 AM PDT by hchutch ("Go ahead. Leave early and beat the traffic. The Milwaukee Brewers dare you." - MLB.com 5/11/04)
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To: JohnHuang2
November 2nd, the two Johns will flush themselves (click on the pic!):


They will flush themselves!
(click here or on the pic)


Edwards: "Your mouthwash just ain't cuttin' it!!"


12 posted on 07/07/2004 6:43:18 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Become a monthly donor on FR. No amount is too small and monthly giving is the way to go !)
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To: JohnHuang2

John Edwards he sure has pretty hair.

Like many I watched Kerrys announcement yesterday, GOD WHAT A STIFF!


13 posted on 07/07/2004 7:03:01 AM PDT by Valin (Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. It's just that yours is stupid.)
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To: JohnHuang2; Paul Atreides; End_Clintonism_Now; doug from upland; ALOHA RONNIE; DLfromthedesert; ...
"So it is John Edwards, Sen. Lightweight.

Kerry's slippage in the polls dictated that he pick someone with flash and energy, but this choice won't wear well because the country knows it is wartime, and it knows that John Edwards is no more prepared to run a war than he is to run a small state or a large corporation..." - Hugh Hewitt

See also, from:

Caption Farrah Edwards
7-6-04
Posted on 07/06/2004 7:20:28 PM PDT by Paul Atreides

-- snip --

To: Paul Atreides

Where have I seen that hair before?



33 posted on 07/06/2004 8:28:00 PM PDT by End_Clintonism_Now (MONEY IS THE ROOT OF ALL CLINTON!)
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14 posted on 07/07/2004 7:08:09 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: arichtaxpayer
See also, from Erin Gray, "Breck girl":


15 posted on 07/07/2004 7:14:43 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: yoe
See also:

Kerry's fateful choice
TownHall ^ | July 7, 2004 | Jonah Goldberg
Posted on 07/07/2004 6:07:24 AM PDT by yoe

Good for John Kerry. By picking John Edwards he has given the voters a real choice. The conventional wisdom in Washington held that Kerry would be smart to pick someone who underscored his national security credentials. Picking a Wesley Clark or even a Dick Gephardt would signal that Kerry wasn't going to let the Bush team out-hawk him on the war on terror and foreign policy.

By picking Edwards, Kerry has made it clear that he doesn't think this election should be framed on Bush's terms and that he wants to make a very different case to the American people.

Simply put, if Kerry really thought the war on terror was as big a deal as Bush does, there's no way he would pick John Edwards...

CLICK HERE for the rest of that thread

16 posted on 07/07/2004 7:25:55 AM PDT by RonDog
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To: RichInOC
This is a pre-9/11 choice by a presidential nominee running away from 9/11. Kerry's strategy is now fixed: Ignore the war unless asked, and downplay it when asked.

This was very apparent in this morning's photo op where these 2 clowns talked about healthcare and from what I saw, never mentioned terrorism or national security.

17 posted on 07/07/2004 7:39:38 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator (This space outsourced to India)
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To: JohnHuang2
"Bush's pollster Matthew Dowd says Kerry will establish a 15 point lead by the close of the convention."

I'll disbelieve any polls that give this result...I believe the Bush campaign is just saying this so that Kerry's post-convention bounce will be "less than predicted."

FReegards...MUD

18 posted on 07/07/2004 7:40:25 AM PDT by Mudboy Slim (RE-IMPEACH Der SchleekMeister!!)
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To: JohnHuang2

Thanks for the ping!


19 posted on 07/07/2004 7:44:38 AM PDT by Alamo-Girl
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To: JohnHuang2
Typical Rat decision taking style over substance! In a time of war do we really need to be playing cheap political games?? A cancer remission away from the Presidency??

Pray for W and Our Troops

20 posted on 07/07/2004 7:53:13 AM PDT by bray (Yaaaawn Tax , Tax , Tax & Kerry wants your paycheck!)
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To: RonDog

The hair question!!!!! LOL!!!!!
Janet Reno. Yes!!!!!


21 posted on 07/07/2004 9:10:32 AM PDT by onyx (Be a monthly or a $1 a Day donor to FR -- I am.)
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To: RonDog
Where have I seen that hair before?

barf and drool alert !!



22 posted on 07/07/2004 9:12:30 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (Become a monthly donor on FR. No amount is too small and monthly giving is the way to go !)
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To: JohnHuang2

Thanks for the ping. Hewitt is no coward---consistently removes the emporor's clothes.


23 posted on 07/07/2004 10:53:13 AM PDT by SiliconValleyGuy
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To: RonDog
That one woman surely reminds me of Pat Summit, coach for Tennessee........
24 posted on 07/07/2004 11:04:50 AM PDT by gortklattu (uirement)
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To: Valin; Peach

Peach mentioned that Kerry actually said, "And we have the better hair" or something to that effect.

Care to elaborate on that, Peach?


25 posted on 07/07/2004 1:23:45 PM PDT by stands2reason (Everyone's a self-made man -- but only the successful are willing to admit it.)
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To: stands2reason

On the radio today the top of the hour news played a clip of Kerry saying:

We have a better vision for America, a better plan, and, we have better hair.

The first part is a slight paraphrase, the second part, about the hair, is an exact quote.


26 posted on 07/07/2004 1:27:40 PM PDT by Peach
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To: Peach

"Better Hair" is exactly what we need in this post-9/11 world.

Thanks for the inspiration for my New Tagline:


27 posted on 07/07/2004 1:36:30 PM PDT by stands2reason (Kerry/Edwards: FIGHTING TERRORISM WITH BETTER HAIR)
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To: stands2reason

LOL!!


28 posted on 07/07/2004 5:02:32 PM PDT by Valin (Everyone is entitled to their own opinion. It's just that yours is stupid.)
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To: RonDog

John Edwards is a parasite, nothing more.


29 posted on 07/07/2004 8:53:38 PM PDT by DLfromthedesert (I was elected in AZ as an alt delegate to the Convention. I'M GOING TO NY)
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