Why Edwards Can Seal the Deal

Last Monday John Edwards appeared on the Ed Schultz Show at a town hall meeting in Chapel Hill, N.C. I've never been much of a fan of Ed Schultz, but that's a whole different story. Back in 2004, we had to witness what I call "Kerry Speak". Kerry became a victim of run on sentences and over explaining issues to death. I do not think he was able to get his point across clearly and concisely, whether the subject was Iraq or health care. The thing is, I really like Kerry and I think he would have made a fantastic President, he just came off wrong.  

This is one of the big differences between Edwards and Kerry. Edwards can explain complicated policy proposals with ease. Edwards can talk about his bold, progressive policy proposals without coming off as a socialist. He can talk about Universal Health Care without putting people off. He can talk about policies to help the urban and rural poor without sounding like he's all about big government. I think he can do this because of his ability to connect with working Americans. He doesn't over explain his ideas and he doesn't gloss things over with fancy adjectives. He tells it like it is, simply and plainly.

I've been thinking about this since the 2006 elections. People like Jon Tester got elected in red Montana because he connected with folks on dinner table issues. Tester often talked about the rural poor and affordable health care. The rural folks are people the Democrats have largely ignored the past couple elections. This is where many Democrats can connect with moderate Republicans on domestic issues. Tester wasn't complicated or sleek, he was straight forward and plain spoken. Tester's brand of populism in the rural mountain west won him his seat and helped give the majority of the Senate to the Democrats.

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You can't have it both ways, Ed Schultz

I read with great interest that Ed Schultz is spitting mad that Sen. Hillary Clinton's people "treat us like dirt". Says Schultz, who today met with Sen. Barack Obama, "We are constantly disregarded, told things that aren't true, and given speculation an interview might happen someday. Quite frankly, I'm sick of it. This morning I watched Hillary Clinton tell CNN she is accessible. What? To the TV cameras yes, to the base of loyal listeners on progressive talk radio, absolutely not!"

Let me be the first, Ed, to tell you that you can't have it both ways. Further, that what goes around, comes around. Remember the 2006 election, particularly the race for U.S. Senate in Connecticut? Then, you made quite a stink about the blogosphere and its support of Ned Lamont. You even accused the netroots of backing Lamont versus Joe Lieberman as a result of the 2004 election. That's right. Revenge.

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Ed Schultz and the blogosphere

I listen to Ed Schultz's radio show every day. Since I realized that there was an alternative in the area to localright-winggasbags, Big Eddie has been a fixture in my afternoon repertoire. Each day at 3 p.m., I look forward to his views on the issues of the day, from matters as pressing as Iraq to those as trivial as his many fishing trips. He confronts topics head-on, offering his many listeners a no-strings-attached chance to debate the host. His mic is open and so, typically, is his mind.

But I had to scratch my head yesterday when I heard Schultz say, about the race between Joe Lieberman and Ned Lamont, "And I think what we're seeing here is a struggle. And I'm not in the middle of it. But for some reason, it just seems to me that the blogosphere is doing everything they possibly can to make life miserable for Joe Lieberman." To be sure, Schultz has some strong positions on the blogosphere. But you would never guess why he thinks the blogs are going after Lieberman.

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Feingold res: Reid just horrible on Ed Schultz Show

The Gentle Generalissimo, Harry Reid, gave an interview yesterday to the ND talker, of which I've listened to the first few minutes - and it's cringemakingly bad.

[There's a 14MB MP3 (from this page - which is the home page; this is the MP3 link, which hopefully will be more durable!) I'm in the middle of downloading - I'm in dialup hell!]

Schultz asks him outright whether he supports the Feingold res; Reid says he supports an extended debate on the res.

He goes on to suggest that it's a good thing that the res has been dumped into Judiciary because they can have hearings there.

(Don't bet on any tips from this guy, children!)

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Feingold res: Reid just horrible on Ed Schultz Show

The Gentle Generalissimo, Harry Reid, gave an interview yesterday to the ND talker, of which I've listened to the first few minutes - and it's cringmakingly bad.[There's a 14MB MP3 (from this page - which is the home page; this is the MP3 link, which hopefully will be more durable!) I'm in the middle of downloading - I'm in dialup hell!] Schultz asks him outright whether he supports the Feingold res; Reid says he supports an extended debate on the res. He goes on to suggest that it's a good thing that the res has been dumped into Judiciary because they can have hearings there.(Don't bet on any tips from this guy, children!)

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