Tuesday, July 06, 2004

VP Edwards

GOP.com has posted their take on John Edwards. This includes several quotes by John Kerry regarding Edwards lack of experience that were made during the primaries. An example:

‘In the Senate four years – and that is the full extent of public life – no international experience, no military experience, you can imagine what the advertising is going to be next year,’ Mr. Kerry said. With a grin, he added: ‘When I came back from Vietnam in 1969 I don’t know if John Edwards was out of diapers then. Well, I’m sure he was out of diapers.’” (Adam Nagourney and Jim Rutenberg, “With Hopes Up And Elbows Out, Democrats Give Iowa Their All,” The New York Times, 1/19/04)

There will be no need to imagine what the advertising will be, the selection of John Edwards is a campaign commercial bonanza for the Republicans. In fact, the media campaign has already started with a new ad that features John McCain and portrays Edwards as Kerry's second choice for VP. Ouch.

In the short run the fawning over John Edwards by the media and the Democratic convention at the end of July will give John Kerry a boost in the polls. However, the "new" will quickly wear off of John Edwards and the Democrats and independants will realize that John Kerry has made an uninspired choice for VP. John Edwards is an inexperienced Senator that spent his life making millions suing as a trial lawyer, not the favorite profession of a majority of the American people. He has no foreign policy experience and will be one step away from the Presidency in a time of war and great peril for this country. A good smile cannot stop the terrorists that want to kill Americans and are plotting to do so. John Edwards is a lightweight in a very heavy time and Americans will come to realize that the choice between Dick Cheney and John Edwards is an easy one. John Edwards is a September 10th politician, he is the fourth most liberal Senator (John Kerry is the most liberal) making this the most liberal Democratic ticket since the McGovern/Shriver ticket in 1972. Both Kerry and Edwards will try to run from this label, but their voting records will make it all but impossible to do. Republicans will have to sit through a short term Kerry bounce to see the President pull ahead and stay ahead.