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
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.