by Rob in Vermont, Thu Nov 01, 2007 at 07:48:10 PM EDT
It's clear my favorite primary candidate, John Edwards, is really getting under the skin of some Clinton supporters here in the MyDD community.
That's not surprising. He's making sharp rhetorical jabs aimed right at Clinton. And no one likes to see their favorite candidate on the receiving end of sharp jabs. Especially when they're coming from a strong competitor. Edwards could win the nomination; the Clinton supporters know this. Gravel could make jabs all day long, and no one would give a darn.
But try not to take these jabs personally. Because, really, he is not making it personal.
Every single negative remark Edwards has made with regard to Sen. Clinton has been of a political nature; he has not made any negative remarks, ever, about Hillary Clinton the wife, the mom, the daughter, the human being.
For example, he charges that big corporations have far too much influence in Washington and that Clinton, by refusing to distance herself from corporate lobbyists, contributes to the problem. (In his day, Franklin Roosevelt used the very same sort of rhetoric.) He contends that because Bush has done so much damage to the reputation of the U.S. and the White House, that straight-talk is going to be crucial to restoring credibility in the next administration (Jimmy Carter used similar rhetoric when he was running in the first post-Watergate election.) Now this type of political rhetoric can come across as moralizing and can sound harsh - and it was not appreciated by some Democrats back in FDR's day or back in Carter's day. I can sympathize with those Democrats; maybe I'll even argue their side in my next diary! :-)
Yes, Edwards is using some harsh rhetoric. He is not playing pattycake here. But it is strictly in the realm of politics. Don't take it personally.
Chin up, Clinton supporters! Your favorite candidate is doing fabulously. She's smart and tough and everybody knows it. Enjoy the fact that we have a field of strong competitors.