Edwards Nails Hillary (Triangulation) and Obama (Compromise)
by jsamuel, Tue Jul 24, 2007 at 02:21:24 PM EDT
John Edwards took a sharp look at the field and verbalized what many are seeing in the top three candidates. Clinton's methods have been summed up by triangulation while Obama's methods have been summed up by compromise. Bloggers, progressives, liberals, and Democrats have been crying out against these methods for change decrying their resulting in failure or even making things even worse.
From WaPo: Edwards Works Hard to Stand Out
Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) is coming out fighting tonight with an aggressive attempt to differentiate himself from the rest of the field.
"Do you believe compromise (aka Obama) and triangulation (aka Clinton) will bring about big change?" asked Edwards. "If you want real change you need someone who has taken on these people and beat them over and over and over."..."We can't trade their insiders for our insiders."
Edwards went on Al Sharpton's radio program and echoed these comments:
From NBC's Lauren Appelbaum
John Edwards called into Al Sharpton's radio show this afternoon to speak about last night's debate and his war on poverty, but he took advantage of the opportunity to offer up an apparent dig to Clinton and his other opponents. Edwards called for "big change, bold change" for the country to change a system that is "rigged for big insurance companies, drug companies, and oil companies."
"What possible reason do they have to give up their power? They're not going to give it away. We have to take it away from them," Edwards asserted. "We cannot get bold change by compromising (aka Obama) with the people who have the power now. Compromise (aka Obama) is not going to get us there, triangulation (aka Clinton) is not going to get us there, being careful is not going to get us there. We need somebody who's used to fighting these people and beating them and I've been doing it my whole life."
On poverty, Edwards acknowledged it will take some work to make average Americans relate to the issue, but he also said they just need a leader to make it a big issue for them. "I think a lot times, it's sorta out of sight, out of mind and they're not thinking about it," Edwards said. "We make them think about it, put a bright light on the poverty that still exists in this country, which, as you know, we just did for a few days traveling across America. I think it helps."
Todd Beeton said that Edwards was after Obama. But I disagree, I think Edwards is going after both Clinton and Obama. He is going after the whole field, showing how he, and the way he operates to bring change, is different. It is the way to bring big, bold, real change.