According to this Washington Post story, the trial lawyers are abandoning John Edwards for...dum-Dum-DU-U-U-U-U-M, Joe Biden!!! Oh, my.
In the last presidential election, John Edwards had the powerful support and deep pockets of the nation's trial lawyers behind him. But when the lawyers gather for their winter conference today in Miami Beach, it will be Sen. Joseph R. Biden Jr. (D-Del.) delivering the meeting's keynote speech.
Edwards, a trial lawyer who became a senator and now a presidential candidate, will be there, too. But the North Carolina Democrat no longer has a lock on the backing of the lawyers. This time around he will be battling it out with others in the Democratic field, who are seen as sympathetic to plaintiffs and their attorneys.
"John is certainly respected by every trial lawyer in the country," said Joseph W. Cotchett, a lawyer from the San Francisco area who helped raise more than $33,000 for Edwards in the 2004 cycle. "Many people though are looking at the bigger picture here."
So, let's get this right, trial lawyers are giving up their support for John Edwards, in order to support Joe Biden. This Joe Biden?
'I mean, you got the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy'...' Senator Joe Biden, on well spoken negro Barack Obama
"Delaware, he noted, was a "slave state that fought beside the North. That's only because we couldn't figure out how to get to the South. There were a couple of states in the way."
"In Delaware, the largest growth of population is Indian Americans, moving from India. You cannot go to a 7/11 or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent. I'm not joking."
And, why would they throw their support from one of their own to Joe Biden?
But others, such as Todd Smith, a Chicago trial lawyer, say they are looking around. Smith's firm raised more than $12,000 for Edwards and donated $50,000 to his leadership committee in 2004. But Smith said he simply cannot ignore the work Biden has done on the Senate Judiciary Committee to fight proposals that aimed to shield health-care providers and other businesses from legal liability.
"Because of that long-standing, clear, unwavering approach, he's deserving of support," Smith said.
Well, isn't that nice. There is a match made in heaven wouldn't you think? John Edwards is losing the support of those trial lawyers who prefer a racist, bigot that "shield"s them from legal liability. Perhaps if we separate the giving lists of trial lawyers who give to Edwards and Biden we can identify the "good" and "bad" ones. This might be a unique opportunity.
Here's another take on trial lawyers.
The core of Edwards' financial support has been a national network of trial lawyers who helped him raise $33 million for the 2004 election. Interviews with several past Edwards fundraisers suggest that the trial lawyers are sticking with him.
"I think he will have a much easier time raising money this time," said Pete Strom, a trial lawyer and former federal prosecutor from Columbia, S.C. "I think people who supported Senator Edwards last time are even more comfortable with him this election cycle. It is the collective wisdom that he has thoroughly prepared himself for this race this year."
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