Edwards Feels Your Pain

http://politicalwire.com/news.html?artic leId=4436482&buyerId=PoliticalWireco m&channelId=793

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".

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Re: Edwards Feels Your Pain

Just a reminder, this is your second 'jock-strap' type of 'diary' for today.

by areyouready 2007-08-09 07:37AM | 0 recs
Just a reminder,

you really say weird things.  Hillary was booed two debates in a row by real Democrats.  She has a big problem.  Your bs attitude exemplifies her problem with real Democrats.  Wait and see.  When the voters vote, Hillary will fall.  

by TomP 2007-08-09 07:46AM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards Feels Your Pain

Heh, when I see "2 comments" and yet there are no comments visible, I know who's been to visit.

Edwards clearly needs to do something to regain his mojo in this race.  I think the problem might be simply that he's not running against the 2004 field any more.

by Steve M 2007-08-09 08:09AM | 0 recs
you guessed it

areyouready was spreading his love.

by TarHeel 2007-08-09 08:09AM | 0 recs
Spreading something

but it aint love :)

by okamichan13 2007-08-09 11:23AM | 0 recs
and the press

has been unfair and heavily biased against him.

by TarHeel 2007-08-09 08:10AM | 0 recs
Re: and the press

The press has indeed been unfair.  I wonder how much of that really has to do with Edwards having the strongest anti-corporate message, which I guess we'll never know.  Sometimes I feel like a conspiracy theorist.

Being able to overcome negative press coverage, for better or for worse, is part of the game.  Sometimes you need to shame them into covering you by pointing out their bias, sometimes you need to figure out ways to go around them.  Edwards has done some of this but at the end of the day, it's an uphill fight.  I still think he'd win if we had the 2004 field this year though.

by Steve M 2007-08-09 08:17AM | 0 recs
Nedra Pickler of the AP

Calling Democrats "angry" is one of the strangest and most irritating memes out there, because it's so pointlessly devoid of substance.  It's as empty as the claim of hypocrisy when well-to-do Democrats actually deem to show any interesting in fighting poverty.

If it makes you feel any better, Nedra Pickler was also the author of the now infamous March 27th "Obama: All Style and no Substance" that started the whole storyline (though some people believe she got it from Drudge.)

Matt Yglesias wrote a great piece on Pickler's infuriating coverage of the 2004 Kerry campaign for the American Prospect.  A choice quote:

A Dec. 10 wire story took a look at a recent Democratic debate and concluded that Democrats "sometimes leave out the facts" in their critiques of the Bush administration. For example: "[S]everal of the nine candidates criticized the tax cuts George W. Bush pushed through Congress. But none mentioned that Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan . . . has cited those cuts as a reason for the recent economic growth." Shocking! Sources indicate that the candidates also failed to mention the Tuesday-evening chicken wings special at the Lucky Bar and my little brother's late guinea pig, creatively named Guinea.

Welcome to the exciting world of "Nit Picklering," a label devised by popular liberal blogger Atrios to honor Associated Press campaign reporter Nedra Pickler's invention of a new standard for honesty whereby a Democrat is lying every time his or her comments neglect to include literally the whole truth, whether or not the overlooked fact actually contradicts the claim in question.

The scary part is that a reporter like Pickler at the AP has unbelievable influence, since her articles are published all over the place.

by psericks 2007-08-09 10:09AM | 0 recs
I actually don't mind it

it's clearly the dean thing, although Edwards' speach and temperment are so different it's not believable.

But given what the press likes to call Edwards he could do much worse

by TarHeel 2007-08-09 10:14AM | 0 recs
Re: I actually don't mind it


Which is it?

Is he smiling Johnny, the silky-haired metrosexual, or is he angry like Dean?

Can't be both, ya know.

by justathought 2007-08-09 10:40AM | 0 recs

angry's about as good as the corporate press will give him.

they actually know people like Lou Dobbs have made "populist" a good word..

by TarHeel 2007-08-09 10:42AM | 0 recs
Yeah I'll take angry

its a pretty good step-up all things considered.

by okamichan13 2007-08-09 11:25AM | 0 recs

I find if funny and ironic that Candidates who are trying to defeat Clinton with a Message that they are change are using a Clintonian Message to accompish that goal.

Is it really change if you can't even come up with your own slogans?

by Edgar08 2007-08-09 10:36AM | 0 recs
I won't troll rate you for not reading

the article but "feel your pain" is the WRITER"S frame - not the campaigns

by TarHeel 2007-08-09 10:43AM | 0 recs
I'm Sorry

It seemed to be a frame you were comfortable with.

by Edgar08 2007-08-09 10:47AM | 0 recs
I've said for while

that Obama understands that people like to feel good and Edwards understand that a lot of people feel bad right now. Normally, Obama's kind of message would prevail, but this year could be an exception, cause a lot of people feel bad.

by david mizner 2007-08-09 10:38AM | 0 recs
If the subprime

actually causes real estate to drop they'll be a lot more angry than optimisitic people

by TarHeel 2007-08-09 10:44AM | 0 recs
Re: If the subprime

Thank goodness John Edwards understands how subprime markets interact with poverty, now that he spent the time at Fortress.

by Adam B 2007-08-09 11:38AM | 0 recs
Re: I've said for while

Funny how you make it a choice between Obama and Edwards (positive message vs. angry feel-bad) when the clear frontrunner Hillary Clinton who is going to be our likely nominee combines both elements, policy proposals almost daily on moving us forward, but also showing a lot of pizazz against Bush, Cheney, the right-wing, etc.   You combine both the positives of "doing things the right way" and the neagative feelings Democrats have towards Republicans, and you get what wins.  

by georgep 2007-08-09 11:54AM | 0 recs
Um...she's copying her policy proposals...

from Edwards....shhhh....

by cosbo 2007-08-09 12:24PM | 0 recs
NEDRA PICKLER at it again

She's a right wing writer who made her way into a paid staff position at AP. Like many other infestations. Many.

by mrobinsong 2007-08-09 11:55AM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards Feels Your Pain

The day Edwards feels my pain is the day I become a rich trial lawyer. I love what he does, but he doesn't feel anyone's pain.

He understands it, and has lived it long ago, but he doesn't feel it.

Just my $.02.

by mihan 2007-08-09 12:27PM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards Feels Your Pain

Biden sure felt that widow's pain as he turned to answer a different question.

by TarHeel 2007-08-09 12:34PM | 0 recs


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