In Support Of My Candidate, My Friend, John Reid Edwards

It has been a while since I have posted a diary on mydd.  I could tell you that I have been busy.  I could tell you that I have been out of town on business.  I could tell you a lot of things, but the truth is the main reason I have not posted here is because I did not feel that my anger has sufficiently lowered to the point where I can engage in respectable political discourse.  Though I am still angry, I am going to attempt to engage because my candidate deserves no less of an effort on my part.  

As for the level of discourse on this blog, it has degenerated to the point where I am beginning to wonder if it has been taken over by a cadre of high school students.  I myself am not without blame for this, however, I understand that dignity and grace are key components of a champion and if someone truly hopes for their candidate to be victorious, dignity and grace are pre-requisites.

It was cold and blustery in Manchester, New Hampshire, in early January 2004, not the kind of cold where you need a jacket.  No, this was the kind of mind-bending, breath-reducing cold that one would only endure if you truly believed in the candidate.  For me, at that time, my candidate was General Clark.  No one else could get me to New Hampshire, not in January.  While in the course of canvassing, we happened to run across supporters of the other candidates.  I myself happened along a young senator from North Carolina by the name of John Edwards.  We struck up a conversation, discussed the importance of the election, he agreed with my opinion of General Clark and then said something to me that made him unforgettable.  He said that if General Clark happened to withdraw, he would be honored and humbled to have someone who was willing to come up to New Hampshire from Missouri and endure this kind of cold join his team.  He also said let the good folks of Missouri know he cares about them.  Now he didn't say that like a senator, you see, there was no distance.  He said it like my brother.  Though I didn't know it then, I was very soon to join his team.  

Fast forward to spring 2005, and a Missouri state senate candidate, Rick Johnson was in deep trouble in his race.  Faced with an unscrupulous Republican challenger and the Democrat turned Independent, the local Democratic Party desperately needed some energy.  On a beautiful Saturday afternoon in Arnold, Missouri, John Edwards came to help a friend.  Those aren't my words, those were his.  Rick, sadly did not win that race, sometimes champions don't hold the trophy.  But on that day, after his speech, John came up to me and said, much to my surprise, "good to see you again, Todd".  I told him it is not many people who get to shake a future presidents hand, not once, but twice and would you believe what that son of a mill worker said, he said, and I can't forget what he said "that that meant so much to him but that he wanted me to know that it was an honor for him to shake mine".  Where no cameras were, where no microphones could hear, a classy gentleman showed me friendship.  I don't know how he remembered my name, though I know some of our staff ran across after our meeting in New Hampshire and we all kind of melded after the convention, but I can tell you that the respect he showed me was not fake.  Much to my shame, I've bought into notions that looking back on it now sickened me.  After making my apologies, I have come to my senses and have jumped to his defense.

I will not use this post to try to sway votes.  I will not use this post to disparage my fellow bloggers.  I only ask that you show a man who cares about you more than you will ever know the respect and decency that you would show to a friend.  Because whether you know it or not, you do indeed have a friend in John Edwards.  I am not going to sit here and tell you that I am certain he is going to win.  I am not his supporter because I think he will win.  I am his supporter because I think he is right.  Every bit of DNA the Democratic Party has in its' blood courses through the veins of John Edwards.  Everything we were raised to believe in or have grown to believe in is embodied by John Edwards.  With that in mind, I want all of us the next time we see a homeless person to think of that scrappy son of a mill worker.  You should realize that he has spent a good portion of his life, not just his political career, but his life trying to do something about this tragedy.  The next time you see New Orleans, I want you to think of the people John Edwards hugged, who he consoled. The next time you hear about the California wildfires, I want you to think about the fact that he was the first one to speak out and pressure this administration for assistance.  And the next time you see a flag draped coffin, pray to god that it isn't one of your family in that box, be thankful if it isn't, and pray for whoever is in that box and their family and realize one thing:  that on the floor of the Senate people-including candidates for this nomination, had an opportunity to display in action that they had truly learned a lesson and would not again doom this nation to the consequences of the deeds of the blind and ignorant and failed to do so. One man has stood up consistently in this campaign. One man has criss-crossed this nation trying to rectify his mistake and one man traverses this nation unabashedly and without equivocation trying to stop another war, proving that he has learned his lesson and that he is worthy of our vote.

My friend and yours, John Edwards, has in the course of his lifetime buried a son and may yet have to bury his wife.  For those who would question his strength and his integrity, I have but one response to you: it takes a very strong and dignified man to bury his son and face the very real possibility of burying his wife yet still have the character to do everything he can to keep his nation from being buried too.  What pray tell, have YOU, Edwards detractors, been contributing to the cause of saving our country?

cross-posted at  http://waveofblue.blogspot.com/

Tags: Candidate, Defense, Edwards (all tags)

Comments

58 Comments

As an Obama supporter, I will say this:

Damn good post.

by ReggieH 2007-11-04 01:37AM | 0 recs
the dialolg has degenerated

because edwards and others have based their campaign on the basis that hillary clintoon is false, bought, insincere and...lets be honest...corrupt.

This is an outragous and losing tactic since millions and millions of democrats respect and honor Senator clintons service.

Edwards has decided to follow the exact script about the Clintons offered by Chris matthew, russert and the rest of the freaks in the dc political media.

For a man who has basically changed his entire political persona in just a few years, the idea that he now claims that Senator Clinton is a flip flopping soulless charlaton is just the hight of hypocrisy.

After his behaviour on tuesday and his actions this week, i am now done with this fellow.  I now believe that this is just another aspiring and ambitous man who would and has done anything to fulfill his ambitions.

I find him to be a fake and a fraud.

he's a man who speaks as if he is Spartacus and lives a life closer to Charles Foster Cane.

there is a reason that ihe is losing by FOUR TO ONE amongst Democrats.

personally, i cant wait for Feb 8.  We will have chosen hillary and bill to lead us again to electoral victory and Edwards can just head back to his new life as a HEDGE FUND MANAGING PARTNER....mover to his mansion with stables and a BUILT IN RACQUETBALL COURT and basically...just go away.

by holden caulfield 2007-11-04 08:18AM | 0 recs
Re: the dialolg has degenerated

the truth hurts when it is exposed so fully.   title=

Hillary does work in a corrupt system that values Blackwater profits more that health care for citizens.  

She has trusted Lieberman and used her vote to give Bush the talking points to create hostilities with Iran.

Her desire for power endangers more of our young men and women.  She supports free trade which has decimated our manufacturing job and the middle class.

She cozies up to Lieberman and Murdoch and Bill cosies up to pappy Bush to play with those in power.

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by pioneer111 2007-11-04 02:34PM | 0 recs
how bout this

I find that Obamas deal with rezko - to not only fund his career - but also to actually help him BUY HIS HOUSE very, very troubling...as I do with his deals with the Peabody coal company...

as to Edwards....any man who pretends that he is fighting for the working man and becomes a MANAGING PARTNER at a hefdge fund for close to 1000,000 a month...shows a deal with those that I find to have corrupted our system too..

and believe me, there are many many other reasons for me to feel justified in my opinion that these two fellas are being quite the hypocrites...

you just may be uninformed...

by holden caulfield 2007-11-04 03:13PM | 0 recs
PROOF OR APOLOGY PLEASE

When was Edwards EVER a MANAGING PARTNER at any hedge fund?  He was a consultant at Fortress.  Consultant does not equal managing partner, or are you truly clueless?

you just may be uninformed...

by ashlarah 2007-11-04 05:01PM | 0 recs
i read it was his title

and even if he wasnt - i still find it disgusting that he took that gig.  consultant or whatever.

the man talks as if he is Spartacus and live like hes Charles Foster Cane.

I find that blatant hypocrisy disgraceful.

maybe you dont, but i do.

just like I find it disgusting that he is building a xanadu in NC....that kind of ostentatious need for and display of wealth DISGUSTS ME...

got it?

by holden caulfield 2007-11-04 05:09PM | 0 recs
Got it. You know all.

So please, do explain.  Why are hedge funds bad?  And how, exactly, was the work Edwards did for them bad?

Not saying I'm a fan of hedge funds, I just want to know why you feel they are so evil and why, consequently, Edwards is.

by ashlarah 2007-11-04 05:22PM | 0 recs
greed is not good

I havgfe never said these things aabout Edwaards, but after this weeks falseness, im done with the guy and Im sharing MY feelings...

I think he's a greedy, sanctimonious, false hypocrite.

I mean come on - he's building the BIGGEST HOUSE EVER BUILT IN NC HISTORY...

being raised by a dorothy day catholic worker Mom....I surely havent forgotten the parable of the eye of the needle...

I find him to be a fraud, most other dem voters seem to have also...

thats why he's polling at like single digits even after having run for President for like five years straight...

id take a bullet for a guy like al Gore, I wouldnt even hold the door open for this guy if we were walking in a building at the same time...

His attaacks are giving aid and comfort and glee to our enemies in the GOP and those jerks like Russert and matthews...and no wonder , he's saying exactly what they are saying about Hillary.

he has gone over to the dark side.

Unforgivable....

by holden caulfield 2007-11-04 05:35PM | 0 recs
You failed to answer the question

by ashlarah 2007-11-04 06:11PM | 0 recs
Re: You failed to answer the question

more likely, i chose not to...

by holden caulfield 2007-11-04 09:48PM | 0 recs
I don't care some things

I don't buy those types of arguements.

I care about how our government is run.  Politics is how government gets done in a Democratic system.  So when it comes to who I will vote for I don't care that Edwards buried a son, or that Giuliani almost got killed on 9/11.  I care about which candidate has the best combination of knowledge and ability to govern and politcal skill to get elected and promote their policies.

Furthermore, I don't know John Edwards.  He is not my friend.  I once thought he was the kind of person that I could respect.  I don't think so now.  I have said it before and I will say it again, he now reminds me exactly of Mitt Romney.  

Edward is a too slick by half candidate willing to say anything - even if it shamelessly contradicts things he has done in the past - anything to try to get elected.

by dpANDREWS 2007-11-04 02:35AM | 0 recs
Re: I don't care some things

The difference in tone and substance of Todd's post and your response illustrates the problem here. He wrote a moving, personal and substantive plea for an end to the high-school cafeteria bs and a return to a level of discussion worthy of a free people.

You respond with more attacks.

Here's hoping Todd and Jerome start another blog, one that might approach what mydd used to be. I'll be the first to sign on.

by desmoulins 2007-11-04 08:18AM | 0 recs
To add to my post above

What happended in New Orleans is a perfect example of what is wrong with Edwards and why I compare him to Mitt Romney.

Edwards hedge fund forclosed on the homes of people in New Orleans.  But AFTER that become public and it had the possibility of political damage to Edwards he pulled his money of the hedgefund and then he starts a fund to help homeowners.  That is something I'd expect from a Republican, like Mitt Romney, not a Democrat.

Your support for your friend is admirable.  I'd support my fried too and I'd probably be more forgiving of many of my friends faults than other people.  That is just human nature.  But like I said above, Edwards isn't my friend.

by dpANDREWS 2007-11-04 02:44AM | 0 recs
You assume

that he knew this though and that's fine, assume away.  To my understanding he did not know this and that is why he righted the situation.  He apologized and he went out of his way to help these people, not because it was public, but because it was the right thing to do.

We can NEVER know anyone's true motives but we can search for signs in their actions and their words and the sign says to me that he is sincere.

But that's just my opinion.

by Ellinorianne 2007-11-04 06:18AM | 0 recs
I have searched for signs

Signs suggest to me that Edwards is a rich fat cat fake saying anything he can think of to try and get elected.

by dpANDREWS 2007-11-04 09:24AM | 0 recs
Re: To add to my post above

What has Clinton or Obama done to help the people of New Orleans?  Not plans for the future, actual actions.

Edwards was there once again bring attention to the continuting failures and trying to get things done.

by pioneer111 2007-11-04 06:27AM | 0 recs
Re: To add to my post above

More importantly, look at what Edwards has proposed on issues concerning home foreclosures, affordable housing, access to credit, and education/job training. http://www.johnedwards.com/issues/povert y

Now, find me anything approaching that kind of vision or specific proposals on any of those issues on Clinton's site.

by desmoulins 2007-11-04 08:20AM | 0 recs
Re: To add to my post above

I am a Clinton supporter, but I definitely like Edwards more on domestic policy.  If every Democratic politician pushed the two-Americas concept, we'd win just about everywhere.

by frankies 2007-11-04 03:05PM | 0 recs
Re: To add to my post above

My above post was zero'd.

That is sad.  Very sad.  Edwards supporters are a bunch of cry baby losers who can't take the least bit of heat.

I  said that personal experiences like the death of a child don't matter to me in choosing a candidate.

I said Edwards isn't my friend and that I have no respect for him.

Edwards is the Democrats Mitt Romney.

by dpANDREWS 2007-11-04 09:30AM | 0 recs
Move on, dpandrews.

It may not matter to you DP, but you have no cause to write the things you do in this post.  It was not the time, and you do your candidate no favors with your comments.  You have a right to your opinion, as unbalanced and subjective as it is, but this diary was not the place to write it.

by santamonicadem 2007-11-04 11:21AM | 0 recs
Double standard

The guy who wrote the diary says that Edwards buring a son is a factor in why Edwards would be a good leader and yet you and others say I have no right to disagree with that and say that it makes zero difference in my political decision.

That is twisted.  That is positively Republican.  I suppose YOU think we shouldn't critisize teh President in a time of war?  Of course you don't.  

People have a right to voice their opinion and politics is a cold hard business.   Furthermore I represent no candidate here or anywhere else.  I represent me.

by dpANDREWS 2007-11-04 12:37PM | 0 recs
Re: Double standard

That is a blatant mischaracterization of what I said.  I simply offered that for him to overcome a tragedy of that magnitude, and to face another one and still being able to fight for us would seem to make the argument that he is "weak" ridiculous.  And yes, I do believe the ability to triumph over tragedy is a positive trait to have when one is running for the Presidency.  Do not accuse me of being Republican.  My Great-Grandfather was the first delegate to cast for Franklin Delano Roosevelt at the 1932 Democratic Convention in Chicago.  This party flows in my veins and is a part of my bones.  I know its' history and its' legacy, and I am determined to preserve and fight for its' future.

by Todd Bennett 2007-11-04 12:48PM | 0 recs
Re: Double standard

I think he was referring to my comments, but thanks for your comments and thoughtful diary. I too think triumphing over tragedy builds character, but it's more his ideas that earn my support.  

Also,dpAndrews, I was not criticizing your disagreement with the diarist's assertions, but your hateful words that were inapproprate.  

by santamonicadem 2007-11-04 01:29PM | 0 recs
Re: Double standard

If you had some guts you put my original post back up.

by dpANDREWS 2007-11-04 01:44PM | 0 recs
Re: Double standard

It has nothing to do with guts and everything to do with basic decency to the people who read this site.

by frankies 2007-11-04 03:07PM | 0 recs
Name calling warranted a troll and zero rate

a rich fat cat fake

Hatefulness in a positive diary is uncalled for.

by ashlarah 2007-11-04 05:17PM | 0 recs
Re: To add to my post above

Ad hominem attacks add nothing to the conversation at all, that's why.  All I see you do is name call and generalize without any evidence and it's downright sleazy.

by Ellinorianne 2007-11-06 03:39AM | 0 recs
Re: In Defense Of My Candidate, My Friend, John Re

This post reminds me of a Bush 2004 ad. The one where the young girl is talking about how she lost her mom on 911, and Bush came and gave her comfort! They show a picture of him hugging her at the end of the ad! Very powerful ad. It had me questioning my canidate! This diary isn't anything like that but tries to play those feelings that the Bush ad did. There is a story for all the canidates! They all have friends who know them or who they made a difference on their lives!

How a canidate is in everyday life means a lot! Im sure that if I too met John I would think he is a great guy. However that doesn't mean he has the right ideas or the right reasons for being President. Also, what everyone else in the country has to go by is his public persona and record, and what I have seen in recent months is a man hell-bent on winning that he will accuse a defender of progressive causes, who has been fighting longer and harder than him! Just so he can save his campaign! Its sad and that is not a canidate I want to support! I REALLY did like John and he was my second. I even told people that if Hillary wasn't in it or for whatever reason dropped out, I would get behind John! But John Edwards changed DRASTICALLY!! In the matter of one year he has become a negative canidate with a negative message! I completely feel that he is wrong and does not deserve to be President. If he gets the nom than I'll vote for him, but it will be a hard decision.

EDWARDS IS THE MITT ROMNEY OF THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY, PANDERER AND FLIP-FLOPPER!

by boxer4hrc 2007-11-04 03:04AM | 0 recs
Re: In Defense Of My Candidate, My Friend, John Re

What I find most interesting is that despite your comparisons of him to Mitt Romney, and despite him running a constant third in polls, the Hillary cadre here at MyDD takes him a lot more seriously than an objective observer might think they should.

Why are you so afraid of him?

by Vox Populi 2007-11-04 04:19AM | 0 recs
I know Mitt Romney, Mitt Romney was my Governor

John Edwards is no Mitt Romney

Not one of our Democratic candidates can ever be compared to Mitt Romney, not if they changed from this moment on and morphed into some semblance of Mitt Romney - no way, it is impossible.

And al of us democrats should remember that

by merbex 2007-11-04 08:30AM | 0 recs
I don't know who these yahoos up thread support

But, I would like to thank them for turning people ON to John Edwards. People don't mind negative ads/posts, but they do mind ugly personal attacks.

Mitt Romney, you kids are ridiculous.  

by Robert P 2007-11-04 04:46AM | 0 recs
Re: I don't know who these yahoos up thread suppor

Interesting question. I was wondering the same thing myself.  The amount of anger and vitriol is surprising unless a nerve has been hit.  That is actually good news for Edwards since no one kicks a dead dog.

by smucci 2007-11-04 05:55AM | 0 recs
Re: I don't know who these yahoos up thread suppor

Its important to keep in mind that the bitter, self-absorbed and very naive young people who post a lot of blather here  on behalf, they think, of Clinton are not representative of most Clinton supporters. Its important, very important, for Edwards (and all Democrats) to speak to supporters of other candidates as Todd described -- with humility and compassion.

My general line when speaking with voters who repeat such lines of attack is to point out that I, too, am against expensive hair cuts and big houses. I don't mention that Senator Clinton has them too. I say, now, what do you think about Senator Edwards' proposals to create opportunity, to value and reward work, to defend Americans' most precious rights, such as freedom to join a union, to limit the influence of corporations and lobbyists, and to change America?

by desmoulins 2007-11-04 08:23AM | 0 recs
Edwards is exactly like Romney

Exactly like Romney.  A blowdryed  fake who changes his politics the way he changes a jacket all in a quest to win a vote.  I have stated why I beleive he is like Romney many many times.  You can read my comments.

by dpANDREWS 2007-11-04 09:33AM | 0 recs
Re: Edwards is exactly like Romney

I have stated why I beleive he is like Romney many many times.

Yes, you have and we're still baffled as to what you mean. But notice that no one else makes comments about Senator Clinton's hairstyle, clothes or ambition.

dp, just give it a rest. Lets either discuss the issues or there's pretty much no point to this site anymore. Which do you want it to be?

by desmoulins 2007-11-04 11:20AM | 0 recs
Thanks Todd

I still believe Edwards is greatly underestimate and that is starting to show with more and more online bloggers saying they are for Edwards.

Thanks for your diary.  Edwards is the best choice for 2008.

by dk2 2007-11-04 05:16AM | 0 recs
Title

Nice diary, Todd. One suggestion: I'd prefer it if your title used the phrase "In support" rather than "In defense".  

And that's only because I see too much "defensiveness" around here.  This is a competition.  In the realm of political campaigns, candidates make sharp jabs at each other.  Our candidates are strong people. They should be able to take these jabs, and it's a shame when we act like they are fragile and should be handled with kid gloves.

by Rob in Vermont 2007-11-04 05:26AM | 0 recs
JRE is a phoney

Nice try Todd, but Edwards is a hypocrite.  I actually liked Edwards and his wife towards the beginning of the campaign. They really appeared to "REAL".  Now he comes off as a holier than thou self-made millionaire ambulance chasing trial attorney. Fake, fake and more fake. He uses his surrogates to race bait (Mudcat with the Duke of Hazards Cooter comment) and then claims "I didn't do that". Please see the many posts of Taylor Marsh who was the only one covering this until Mr. Trapper on ABC.com caught on to JRE's antics.

JRE knows what he is doing. He is another Nader, trying to destroy the Democratic party by ripping into fellow DEMS with personal attacks. Giving the GOP everything they need to take us down in 2008.  His recent ad in Iowa says it all. White, white and more white.

Finally, JRE doesn't have a chance in hell in getting the AA vote. I am AA. Many of the AA are either voting for Hillary or Obama. Why do you think that is? AA's can smell a fake from a mile away. JRE is definitely fake. He was proven this to us over the course of his campaign (money bundlers, hedge fund, hair video, lobbyist contributions, mortgage foreclosures). Note to JRE, the Budda vote can't bring in the DEM nomination, you need the AA vote too.  He WILL NOT get a majority of the AA vote. Period.

by lonnette33 2007-11-04 05:33AM | 0 recs
Re: JRE is a phoney

Almost 90 percent of "AA's" as you put it can smell a fake, I guess.  But in 2004, about 14 percent of "AA's" voted for Bush.  What were these guys smelling?

by Todd Bennett 2007-11-04 05:42AM | 0 recs
Re: JRE is a phoney
I take offense as a Missouri boy to the notion of "white, white, and white".  How dare you!
White southern Democrats do exist, and not all of them are racist.  John does not and should not have to run from his N.C. country roots for you or anybody else.  Sad is the person oblivious to the rainbow before them because they only TRY to see black or white.
by Todd Bennett 2007-11-04 05:51AM | 0 recs
Re: JRE is a phoney

Troll rated because of the nasty vitriol inserted between some words designed to hide the fact that this is pure trollisness

by smucci 2007-11-04 06:02AM | 0 recs
Re: JRE is a phoney

I also find it funny seeing as how little you actually know about. Money bundlers and lobbyist contributions are emblematic of the Clinton campaign, and really have held no place in the Edwards campaign or contributions. Hedge fund and mortgage foreclosures? At least he was the only Democratic candidate to do a damn thing about it and HELP people, not sit and twiddle their thumbs (and let me remind you, HRC is just as rich if not richer than Edwards). Hair video? I don't even wanna know how long it takes the rest of them to prepare for debates/interviews (Mitt Romney 300$?), and lets not even bring up Hillary's 1200$ spa visit.

"His recent ad in Iowa says it all. White, white and more white."

Iowa is pretty damn white, and you of course didn't criticize any of Hillary's ads for being 100% white.

by KainIIIC 2007-11-04 07:05AM | 0 recs
Re: JRE is a phoney

His recent ad in Iowa says it all. White, white and more white.

I'm so saddened to have to remind you, again, that this is bs. Go back and look at Hilary Clinton's first ad, which is on her website. It ran in Iowa for several weeks. It shows, in addition to the candidate (and not counting the secret service guy who appears next to her at one point), approximately 46 presumed Iowa voters to whom she is speaking.

One of them is a young black girl. The rest are ...white, white and more white.

by desmoulins 2007-11-04 08:26AM | 0 recs
Wow!
Haven't read enough on this blog recently to know who the nasties are, but I'm with you.  John Edwards is someone who talks to me.  I watch my former friends decide to be on the "winning side" and go with Hillary, or buy into the "bring us all together" of Obama (there are people out there I don't EVER want to be brought together with!), and I just come back again to looking for a candidate who speaks to me and for me.  
I am getting to be an old lady, and I would like to see some change in the disaster we are hurtling toward. I don't think half measures will do it.  I need someone who tells it like it is, not what he thinks will get him elected.
by bloomingpol 2007-11-04 05:40AM | 0 recs
Re: Wow!

there are people out there I don't EVER want to be brought together with!

That's hilarious and dead on.  I think it must be age or losing a younger sister for me, but I so clearly have no time anymore to sit at the same table with a bunch of jerks or especially a bunch of bores. I don't have time to waste on people who are not thoughtful.  Edwards said today on "This Week" that he gave his clients hope and his opponents hell.
Yee Haw.  Give em hell, Johnny!

by Feral Cat 2007-11-04 08:19AM | 0 recs
He doesn't have

to explain anything.  You just haven't been paying attention.  He has speeches out there from 2002 that say the same things he's saying now, you just don't want to read them or acknowledge them.  That's your right, but I can certainly say to you, I think you are wrong.

He's been talking about "One America" since 2001!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/One_America _Committee

And your argument about his votes leaves out that he represents a red state and voted as such.  He's also apologized for his vote in Iraq, you leave that out as well.

A lot of people chose to believe, that's all it comes down to, but there is also evidence that this is not a "flip-flop" but an evolution.

by Ellinorianne 2007-11-04 06:27AM | 0 recs
Re: In Support Of My Candidate, My Friend, John Re

Thank you for this diary and for sharing your experience of John Edwards.  I've not been on this site long but the negativity is amazing.  It's not just negative, it's downright mean and cruel.

I to defend John Edwards because I believe him, I think he can make change in this country or at least he's going to fight like hell to do so.  And even if he doesn't win, he's elevated the conversation, he's talking about important issues and he's already changed how things are done.  He's succeeded in my mind, I just want to help push him a lot further!

Thank you again.

by Ellinorianne 2007-11-04 06:30AM | 0 recs
Re: In Defense Of My Candidate, My Friend, John Re
Todd, I don't frequent this site much anymore either.  I prefer to discourse with grownups, conservative or liberal. Politics is actually a discussion of how we want our lives together to look like.  Our particular American conversation has been an ongoing discussion/argument between two visions of government that Jefferson called the argument between Aristocrats and Democrats.  Sometimes the Aristocrats are called Whigs, or Federalists or Republicans.  The Democrats were up until the 1970's, the party of the people i.e. the party of the wisdom of crowds  i.e. the party of people who want a voice and not a boss i.e. the party of "we", not the party of "me", as Thom Hartmann would say.
Edwards is running as an old timey real Jeffersonian/Tom Paine/Roosevelt Democrat. A defender of the constitution Democrat rather than an imperial president.  Oddly,  returning to traditional liberalism is a radical not a status quo idea.
He has fresh 21st century ideas based on tried and true models of liberal values and economics.
He can build a new coalition that jumps over the divide that has grown since the 1970's.
And yes, that is a friend, a partner and not a CEO or a king or queen.
 
by Feral Cat 2007-11-04 06:54AM | 0 recs
Re: In Defense Of My Candidate, My Friend, John Re

Nicely stated. I believe there are several running really good campaigns right now in terms of values they are trying to articulate. I'm an Edwards supporter, but I am also liking Dodd and Obama just fine too. Oddly enough although I still have problems with his vote on the bankruptcy bill, Biden has got me looking at his ability with foreign policy. Still over all John Edwards remains my first pick.

by bruh21 2007-11-04 04:03PM | 0 recs
Thanks Tood, great diary

very very impressive, very heartfelt.

I don't really have a clear where all the hatred comes from from some posters here, it seems like its from mainly new people that don't understand what this site is about. Whatever the reason its unfortunate.

As for your diary this rang out so true to me as well:

"I am his supporter because I think he is right."

To me that's what the primaries are all about.

by okamichan13 2007-11-04 07:17AM | 0 recs
Edwards

Thanks, but no thanks. Edwards is not our friend..

by prisonbreak 2007-11-04 12:57PM | 0 recs
Odd

I wish I had seen a post like this asking all the supporters of all the candidates to be positive - it might have kept the Edwards posters from being so nasty so early.  

by nascardem 2007-11-04 01:09PM | 0 recs
Re: Odd

Two wrongs make a right.

by bruh21 2007-11-04 06:50PM | 0 recs
Re: Odd

And a lie about others makes you feel good about your own actions.

by bruh21 2007-11-04 06:51PM | 0 recs
Re: In Support Of My Candidate, My Friend, John Re

MINE TOO WAS ZEROED!!!!   Why is it ok to dog Hillary but not to dog Edwards!!!!  you people are a joke!!!

by boxer4hrc 2007-11-04 01:19PM | 0 recs
Re: In Support Of My Friend, John Reid Edwards

I've lived in Illinois under Barack Obama and went to his Primary victory party. I've read Hillary's book and shook her hand and I find a lot about both of them that is admirable, but, I travel in Democratic political circles outside DC and it is hard for me to reconcile how much support Hillary is said to have in the polls with how little verbal support she receives from people I know. I do hear and see a fair amount of support for Barack, but I can count on two hands the number of folks I've talked to who are ardently supporting Hillary. The only thing I can figure is that this is all about name recognition, since, according to the Pew Poll, 78% of voters recognize Hillary's name, 60% recognize Barack's name and only 28% recognize John Edwards's name. However, that also makes me wonder how she will continue with such strong numbers when the campaign gets closer to state caucus time--and what will happen as the caucuses and state votes approach and voters start paying attention to the candidates and their positions. Remember how shocking John Edwards tremendous results in Iowa were in 2004. I look for a lot of people to be surprised by Edwards's success again come January 3, 2008.

by Hoomai29 2007-11-04 07:15PM | 0 recs
Re: In Support Of My Candidate,

Congrats, Todd, you have officially become a "politician," the bullcrap starts pouring out. LOL.  I admit, I do like you, if only for your audacity, and I wish you the best.  But please.... don't emulate Edwards too much, after all, "winning" is important, too, you know.  Good luck in your journey.

by reasonwarrior 2007-11-05 10:50AM | 0 recs
Re: In Support Of My Candidate, My Friend, John Re

John Edwards is right. There are two Americas.

There is the America he lives in, with 28,000 square foot mansions and $400 haircuts.

And there is the America I live in, where self centered, self-aggrandizing, self righteous, posturing, pandering, pontificating pseudo-populists finish a very disappointing 3rd in the Iowa caucus, and thankfully, go away forever.

by ThinkingDem 2007-11-05 01:34PM | 0 recs

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