We all complain about the press, but the reality is that it matters whether the press really pays attention. They’ve shown a certain fondness for Republican Mike Huckabee, but didn’t really take him seriously as a contender until a few week ago. They didn’t know and probably still don’t know what to make of Ron Paul, afterall what ever Paul is he isn’t a Beltway insider in the way that John McCain and Mitt Romney are. Then there was John Edwards. Upstanding guy with thoughtful and well thought out stands on the most pressing issues facing America. Kind of boring when you have the possibility of America’s first woman or black president. Those are certainly appealing narratives if you’re trying to sale papers or generate buzz, but they’re less important then the candidate’s capacity to make real change. Now that in Iowa Edwards might be on the verge of upsetting all the wisest pontifications he’s getting a little more attention, Edwards Fights to the Finish
His rivals scoff at the angry populism coming from Edwards in these final days. They believe it is an invention, saying what Edwards now talks about bears little resemblance to the record he compiled in the Senate.
It is hypocritical, they say, coming from someone who grew rich in the courtrooms and who now lives in an enormous house in North Carolina. It is phony, they argue, to condemn big money and become the beneficiary of an independent expenditure campaign run by his former campaign manager.
None of this bothers Edwards. He knows what the critics say but he couldn’t care less. He doesn’t believe those attacks have hurt him. He believes he is connecting with the anger and unrest that many ordinary Americans feel about the state of the country and especially the way Washington works. He promises not to fix the system but to blow it up. (emphasis mine)
I forget who said that if you want the presidency you have to take it, they just don’t give it to you even if you do deserve it. Edwards decision to come out fighting is simply the writing on the wall. He or his campaign has seen that it does take more then having the right policies and being a decent guy, its stepping up and claiming the message. Now if the press will just give a little more credit where do.
Difficult to slice off a piece of this essay as it weaves back and forth among its subjects, Mailer, Paley, Vonnegut: same era, different voices
American fiction lost three of its most warmly admired figures this year, all dead at the age of 84 after long careers. Critics love the idea of literary generations, but it would be a challenge to find themes or ideas to link the disparate work of Norman Mailer, Grace Paley and Kurt Vonnegut.
“Speakers who talk about what life has taught them never fail to keep the attention of their listeners.” ~ Dale Carnegie
I’d rather see a female presidential candidate who wasn’t so focused on herself and her political aspirations. It seems like she puts a lot of thought into every decision that she makes, as if every little move were planned ahead of time down to the smallest little detail.
Might be a good point here, maybe she should be more like Fred Thompson. Except that Thompson is tanking.