John Edwards = Mitt Romney??
by bryandem, Sat Jun 09, 2007 at 05:20:42 PM EDT
This article 'Variations of Edwards and Romney' perfectly sums up my sentiment towards a Edwards candidacy.
I should warn you that while what I say about Edwards and Romney is true today, it may not be true tomorrow. Trying to describe either's stance on the issues is like trying to paint a watercolor of the sky--before you can finish, it has changed beyond recognition.
Edwards, you might forget, ran for president in 2004 as a moderate Southerner in the mold of Bill Clinton. Coming from the home state of Sen. Jesse Helms, he had broken with his party's left wing by voting for the Iraq war resolution and for normalizing trade relations with China.
Trying to hold Romney and Edwards to a position is like trying to climb up a water slide on Rollerblades. Edwards has renounced his vote for the war resolution and claims to be his party's true anti-war leader. But in November 2003, long after it was clear that we would not find those weapons of mass destruction, he took a less categorical stance.
Asked if President Bush was right to go to war when he did, Edwards said, "You know, whether, if I had been president of the United States, I would have done this exactly like him, probably not, you know?"
In the end, the two bring to mind Mr. Potato Head, which is a fun toy because it can be configured in so many different ways--with ears where arms should be, or the mouth and nose reversed, or any other way you can think of. As with Mr. Potato Head, endless changes are not a violation of these candidates' principles but an expression of their essence.
The upside of this flexibility is that watching them carries a current of suspense that their opponents can't match. The downside? No matter how it changes, a potato head is still a potato head.
It will give me a heart attack if both of these two sleazy snake-oil sales men get their respecitive party's nomination. Lots of people will have a hard time in deciding which one is even more deceptive. It's going to be an interesting show though with all sorts of haircut drama.
LOL. Go Romney, go Edwards!!