Dan Conley on John Edwards and Heart

Over at the political wire, Dan Conley has put together a post that is....well, I don't know. I think he makes a couple good points, but he ends with a dig at Edwards with which I don't agree. It's

The "Big Heart" Campaign

While Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton will chase history in their 2008 campaigns, early clues from former Sen. John Edwards suggest that he will take a different route, running as the candidate with heart...
The subtext of the Edwards campaign will be that it's not enough to represent Americans who have been locked behind walls of power, you need to tear down those walls and deal head-on with issues of poverty, job creation and health care accessibility, the three prime impediments to expanding and strengthening the middle class. While others will try to craft the perfect Iraq policy, Edwards will take the more emotionally satisfying approach of bringing 40,000 troops home immediately and the rest as soon as possible.

Why the assumption that this is not the perfect Iraq policy? Let everyone else "try" to craft a solution, John Edwards wants the action NOW that most American's agree with. Draw down now.

In short, it will be 180 degrees from the Kerry/Edwards campaign of 2004, a campaign of pure emotional appeal and as little intellectualism as possible.

Well, I think that is just ridiculous. No intellectualism? I think the problem in this interpretation is assuming that the campaign is running a scam of sorts. Aiming for the heart because it is the most politically expedient tactic. I think that what we will see is a campaign that exposes John Edwards the man. This means much more heart, but it will also mean detailed analyses. For instance, from what I've heard the Senator's universal healthcare plan has been in the works for months. That doesn't sound like "as little intellectualism as possible". So, while I don't blame others for jumping to the conclusion that all policians are the same, that all politics is jaded, and that "heart" is a tactic - I think I'll wait to see what happens.

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Jaded.

To quote my Dad, everyone is crooked in Washington. I know, I know. But, I'm falling for it this time.

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Wait...I lost a paragraph.

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. ~ Thornton Wilder

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

whatever

if the thoughts of pundits counted we wouldnt control the house, let alone the senate.

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"Keep the Faith"

Reading too much into it

I think that is what he is saying. While others are trying, Edwards will "do". While others are talking, Edwards will act. Read it again and see if that doesn't come through. Of course, I'm speaking before I follow your link to read the entire thing, so I'll post again if I should have just kept my durned mouth shut to begin with.

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That piece looks pro Edwards to me

I don't think he's criticizing Edwards at all. Maybe I'm the one reading it the wrong way. One of the big criticisms of Kerry was that he tried to reason with people while Republicans were appealing to their emotions. (i.e. Swiftboat veterans)

A campaign built on emotion will beat a campaign built on reason just about any day. I didn't read into what was written that he was saying Edwards' emotional appeal was insincere.

It's early, I'm up coughing my lungs out. I could be reading all this wrong.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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mostly positive

but lacking intellecutalism? I don't know, maybe it's because I'm part of the "intelligensia" of whatever Bill O'Reilly and his ilk call the university world that I take such offense at such a charge.

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. ~ Thornton Wilder

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I agree with SD

I have to say, I like his closing sentence:

Who knows if it will work, but there's no doubt that the Edwards' have put a great deal of thought behind this race and will be formidable, tough opponents that no one can take lightly.

Anti-intellectualism bothers me, but I don't see it as Conley's main point.

It is his main point...

In short, it will be 180 degrees from the Kerry/Edwards campaign of 2004, a campaign of pure emotional appeal and as little intellectualism as possible.

personally, take Edwards out of the equation and I wouldn't vote for the guy that is pushing pure emotional appeal with as little intellectualism as possible.

I know that every good and excellent thing in the world stands moment by moment on the razor-edge of danger and must be fought for. ~ Thornton Wilder

Jesus Swept ticked me off. Too short. I loved the characters and then POOF it was over.
-me

I thought that in 2004

Kerry tried to play down his "New England effete intellectualism" image that was pinned on him by RoveCo et. al., and that Edwards was one of the ways he tried to do it. I thought then, and think now that Edwards was the best thing about the ticket. I think Conley got that wrong. Not that Edwards isn't intelligent, but even then, he was beginning to attack the idea of two Americas, confronting poverty and inequality in a way no one else really was. And he did it without attacking any other candidate.

In the 2 intervening years, instead of becoming some kind of policy wonk, Edwards has shown us what he would do as President, by getting his hands dirty, learning even more about what Americans face.

As for your sensitivity about being part of the "intelligensia" that Bill O'Reilly ridicules, Robert - consider the source, man. He's an ass. He gets paid to be an ass. Let your geek flag fly. :)

"Be the change you wish to see in the world." - Ghandi

Good post on Edwards by Neil at Ezra Klein

With Edwards, everything -- the substance of his proposals, the circumstances of his upbringing, his oratorical style -- fit together into the same cohesive economic populist picture. It's a very appealing picture to many Americans, and one that the Republican Party is going to have a hell of a time trying to displace[.]

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