The Airing of Grievances
Wednesday, July 07, 2004
Desperation Is A Stinky Cologne

The GOP talking points on John Edwards that we've heard in the past 24 hours have become absolutely hysterical to listen to and make me even more giddy than I was when the VP announcement was made yesterday morning. If this is the best they can do, they're really in bigger trouble than I would have thought. I imagine the current approach will be about as effective as the $80 million or so they've spent on negative ads that paint Kerry as a waffler/extreme liberal/terrorist/pedophile that resulted in ... no movement whatsoever in the polls. Here's a summary:

Lack Of Experience
A day after Edwards was picked by Democratic White House hopeful John Kerry as his running mate, Bush raised the experience issue when asked how Edwards stacked up against his own vice president, Dick Cheney.

"Dick Cheney can be president," Bush said briskly.
This, from a man who had zero experience in national politics before 2000. To be sure, though, Bush does know what it's like to be a heartbeat away from the presidency.

Edwards Impact on North Carolina and the South
Q Mr. President, does this John Edwards selection force you to spend more time in the South, and change your strategy in the southern states now?

THE PRESIDENT: I'm going to carry the South because the people understand that they share -- we share values that they understand. They know me well. And I am -- I believe that I did well in the South last time, I'll do well in the South this time, because the Senator from Massachusetts doesn't share their values, and that's the difference in the campaign.

Q Will you have to spend more time, strategy-wise?

THE PRESIDENT: Well, talk to -- talk to the schedulers. I'm not the scheduler, I'm just a simple candidate.
Too true, he is a simple candidate. Who can't answer a simple question. Fact of the matter, North Carolina goes from being a Bush lay-up to something close to a battleground state.

Edwards As Scum-bag Trial Lawyer (this whole site is great)
- For 20 Years, Senator Edwards Was Trial Lawyer, Specializing In Personal Injury Cases
- Edwards Embraces His Record As Plaintiff’s Lawyer
- Edwards Proud Of His Career
Yeah, what an asshole:
The defining case in Edwards' legal career wrapped up that same year. In 1993, a five-year-old girl named Valerie Lakey had been playing in a Wake County, N.C., wading pool when she became caught in an uncovered drain so forcefully that the suction pulled out most of her intestines. She survived but for the rest of her life will need to be hooked up to feeding tubes for 12 hours each night. Edwards filed suit on the Lakeys' behalf against Sta-Rite Industries, the Wisconsin corporation that manufactured the drain. Attorneys describe his handling of the case as a virtuoso example of a trial layer bringing a negligent corporation to heel. Sta-Rite offered the Lakeys $100,000 to settle the case. Edwards passed. Before trial, he discovered that 12 other children had suffered similar injuries from Sta-Rite drains. The company raised its offer to $1.25 million. Two weeks into the trial, they upped the figure to $8.5 million. Edwards declined the offer and asked for their insurance policy limit of $22.5 million. The day before the trial resumed from Christmas break, Sta-Rite countered with $17.5 million. Again, Edwards said no. On January 10, 1997, lawyers from across the state packed the courtroom to hear Edwards' closing argument, "the most impressive legal performance I have ever seen," recalls Dayton. Three days later, the jury found Sta-Rite guilty and liable for $25 million in economic damages (by state law, punitive damages could have tripled that amount). The company immediately settled for $25 million, the largest verdict in state history. For their part, Edwards and Kirby earned the Association of Trial Lawyers of America's national award for public service.
And we all know that the oil and oil services industries are positively crawling with lily-white solid citizens.

Edwards As Second Choice - Funny, mum's the word for Cheney on this one.

Edwards As A Kerry Flip-Flop:
Washington, D.C.: Was this just another flip-flop on Kerry's part? Didn't Edwards and Kerry attack each other all through the primaries? How can he get away with this?

Scott Stanzel: Many reporters are already pointing out how this is John Kerry's ultimate flip flop. John Kerry said he'd chose someone who could step in as President, but he picked the one guy he said was too inexperienced to do the job.
Do I even need to bring up 1980 and every conservative's wet dream to point out the utter hypocrisy in Stanzel's argument? I think not.
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