Edwards Feels Your Pain
by TarHeel, Thu Aug 09, 2007 at 07:28:27 AM EDT
The media is trying to paint Edwards as "angry" and compare him to Dean, however I think the "washington is broken" message is a good one and "angry" for Edwards would be better than anything else the MSM tries to do - so I'll take it.
Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards is taking a page from Bill Clinton's playbook and building on it. He feels your pain _ and your anger.
Edwards has given voice to voters' frustrations over an unending Iraq war, rising health care costs and disenchantment with Washington.
Anger can be a tricky emotion for a politician. In 2004, Howard Dean was known as the angry candidate and it proved to be part of his downfall.
Edwards' solutions have come in more detailed and left-leaning policy proposals than his rivals. He was the first to offer a universal health care plan, and early on he called on Congress to vote against funding the war until troops come home.
"He's definitely leading and prodding the other Democratic candidates on a whole variety of issues," said Roger Hickey, co-director of the liberal Campaign for America's Future. "He really has been the candidate who has been out front, and all of the other candidates are trying to imitate it in one way or another and steal his constituency."
In a recent interview, Edwards said his outrage came into focus last month when he went on a three-day tour focused on poverty in the United States. As he frequently tells voters, he met a man named James Lowe who had lived for 50 years with a cleft pallet, unable to talk because he did not have health insurance and couldn't afford the simple operation to repair it.
Joe Trippi, who ran Dean's campaign and now is a senior adviser to Edwards, said anger may not have worked for his old boss but that Edwards is a different candidate running in a different time.
"Right now I think there are a lot of people who are really like John Edwards who believe Washington is really broken," Trippi said in a telephone interview. "It's not about whether you are angry or not, it's about are you expressing in an appropriate way when the rest of the country says, 'Yeah, I'm outraged about that, too.'"
I think this is a great contrast and narrative with the Washington insiders regime of Hillary, Dodd and Biden and makes it hard to see Hillary defending "lobbyists represent real americans".