Elizabeth Edwards Should Respond to Hillary's Campaign Snipe

Some very interesting diaries today about Team Hillary's response to an Edwards speech, which mentions no one by name.  However, as the calculator/triangulator that Hillary is - she hasn't yet figured out what to do with Iraq and still has not put out the forceful retraction of her vote for it.

Edwards' MLK Sunday speech had this:

"Silence is betrayal, and I believe it is a betrayal not to speak out against the escalation of the war in Iraq," Edwards told a crowd at Manhattan's Riverside Church, where Martin Luther King had declared his opposition to the Vietnam War.
"If you're in Congress and you know that this war is going in the wrong direction . . . it is no longer OK to study your options and keep your own private counsel," he said.
"Silence is betrayal. Speak out and stop this escalation now."

http://www.nypost.com/seven/01152007/new s/nationalnews/hill_jabs_at_john_nationa lnews_john_mazor_and_geoff_earle.htm

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Edwards Live Webcast NY City Church for MLK Sunday 4PM

http://www.theriversidechurchny.org/

Realizing The Dream - MLK Sunday - Jan. 14

Former U.S. Senator, John Edwards, recently held a press conference in New Orleans, where the Katrina disaster, last year, clearly confirmed that Dr. King's dream had not been realized. Like King, he says he wants to end poverty in America. As keynote, Senator Edwards joins hands with the "Realizing the Dream" organizers, in this special service. The worship service starts at 4 p.m. in the nave and will be streamed live.
  John Edwards Keynotes Second Annual Service

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Howard Dean asks you for help - not money.

Dr. Dean is asking us to write a short letter to your local paper about opposing Iraq escalation.

As much as we'd like to think the elections changed everything, some of the dems are still timid, and we need to wage a PR war to help declare victory and get out of Iraq.

Use this tool

http://www.democrats.org/page/speakout/e scalation

"The most effective thing you can do right now is send a letter to the editor of your local paper about escalation, and let them know that you demand a vote on any troop increase. Writing your letter to the editor is simple using our PartyBuilder advocacy tools. Just click here to get started:"

http://www.democrats.org/page/speakout/e scalation

help get us out of Iraq ASAP - start the local PR campaign now.

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Edwards Goes After McCain's Favorables Again

One thing that shows up time and again is that unfortunately, both McCain and Guiliani have very high name recognition, high favorability and low negative ratings.  Edwards seems to come closest to these two in these types of surveys.

http://www.pollster.com/charles_franklin /pres08_new_cbs_poll_on_favorab.php
"The cluster of Giuliani, McCain and Edwards represents a group with about a 2-1 favorable-unfavorable ratio, suggesting pretty broad appeal. But even among this group around 40% of voters are unable to express an evaluation."

It has been pointed out that we need to do something about this to have a chance in 08.  Edwards must have been reading the blogosphere and also may start connecting everything Bush does to McCain I suspect.

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Is Ahnold More Progressive than Hillary on Healthcare?

Okay.   this title popped up on Yahoo

Calif. gov calls for universal coverage

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger on Monday proposed to extend health coverage to nearly all of California's 6.5 million uninsured people, promising to spread the cost among businesses, individuals, hospitals, doctors, insurers and government.

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New Presidential Poll Hints at Strongest Dem. Candidate

this is the second poll with head to head matchups of Edwards, Hillary, and Obama.

http://www.investors.com/editorial/IBDAr ticles.asp?artsec=16&issue=20070105

McCain, Giuliani Fare Well Vs. Top Dems, While Edwards Might Be Toughest Rival

A new IBD/TIPP poll gives Republican front-runners Sen. John McCain and Rudy Giuliani an edge over top Democratic contenders and shows that John Edwards might be their toughest opponent.
In a potential presidential matchup, McCain led the former one-term senator from North Carolina and 2004 vice presidential nominee by 44% to 43% but had a more comfortable margin over the two Democratic heavyweights expected to run. New York Sen. Hillary Clinton trailed McCain 48% to 41% while Illinois Sen. Barack Obama was down 48% to 36%.

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Looky Here: Another Way John Edwards Gets it - ActBlue

We all read about John Edwards promoting the "McCain Doctrine" on the national stage, beyond the blogs, pegging escalation in Iraq to John McCain.  Doing himself and the Democratic field a big favor for 2008.  Particularly -when- if Iraq continues to go bad.  

However, Edwards is also doing something else that helps future democrats and the Party too.  Namely, he is using ActBlue for all his credit card and online donations.  ActBlue allows every donor to leave a "tip" to ActBlue to continue to have such a simple and easy method of helping democratic candidates in the future and also allows individuals to set up their own fundraising pages.  Of course Dr. Dean started this whole internet democratizing politics thingy, but Edwards is continuing to further it.

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Edwards Takes On McCain and Pharmaceuticals by Name!

It's refreshing to have a politician take the risk of attacking a media darling like the "Maverick" John McCain.  Even calling an increase in troops an "escalation" in Iraq and tagging it the "McCain Doctrine".

http://www.tpmcafe.com/blog/electioncent ral/2007/jan/02/edwards_coins_new_phrase _for_escalation_the_mccain_doctrine

Further, how many politicians have the audacity of courage to take on the pharmaceutical lobby by name, for driving up health care costs?  

Not Hillary
"As of July 12, 2006, she raised more money from pharmaceuticals than any other candidate with the exception of Sen. Rick Santorum (R-Pa.).

http://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php?tit le=Hillary_Clinton#Meet_the_Cash_Constit uents

How many politicians have the balls to have un-sexy issues like global warming, poverty, action and conservation as part of their platform.

Oh wait, that's not Obama....that's John Edwards.  My bad.

http://johnedwards.com/

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