Aug 102008

It seems that the tabloid National Enquirer has a knack for catching wandering politicians, and they’ve nabbed another now…my favorite recent presidential candidate, John Edwards. It appears that back in 2006 Edwards had an affair with Rielle Hunter, a lady hired to produce campaign films for the Edwards campaign.

The question is, what to make of this? I am certainly disappointed in this behavior. I am the first to admit that guys in general are pigs when it comes to sex, but what makes these guys all think they can be in the public limelight and get away with these affairs? I suppose if you have the balls to think you can run the country and solve all the issues we have, then you have the balls to think you can get away with anything. Obviously, based on the information on this website, it’s not all that uncommon for President’s and Vice Presidents to have their dalliance’s. It goes back to Washington.

I am certainly sorry for his family and the pain this brings to them…and especially since they have to deal with it in the public. That brings up the obvious question, what business is it of ours (the publics)? Edwards certainly is something of a public figure, but he is no longer a candidate for anything, and the affair was between consenting adults.

He did continue to deny the affair to the press for a while, but that’s a natural reaction. It appears he came clean to his wife and family some time back. Of course Fox News and some of the rest of the MSM has tried to tie Edwards to Obama. I’m not sure people are going to fall for that. McCain seems to continue to get a pass for running around on his first wife with his current wife before the divorce.

I guess my attitude is that there are more important things to report than an affair between adults, but if the media is going to insist on reporting on these issues, I just wish they’d report fairly, and call out everyone’s proclivities.

Jul 292007

From Yahoo News:  Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards on Thursday unveiled a plan that would increase taxes for the wealthy and create tax breaks for the middle class.

“It’s time for us to put America’s economy back in line with our values. It’s time for us to put an end to George Bush’s war on work,” he told a packed theater at Grand View College in Des Moines, Iowa. “It’s time to restore fairness to a tax code that has been driven completely out of whack by the lobbyists in Washington, by the powerful interests in Washington and by those who value the few above the interests of many.” He added that, “It should not be in America that the middle class carries the tax burden, and that’s exactly what’s happening.”

It sounds like a good and equitable plan. I’m sure many will attack him as a “tax and spend liberal/democrat,” but I’m leaning more and more for the guy. I can’t see in anyone’s heart, but he comes across as the most genuine candidate to me. I see he’s not doing too bad in the fund raising department either.

I haven’t made a final decision, but I must admit that Edward’s is leading the pack right now.

Kerry Edwards in Florida

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Jul 102004
Wednesday night Lay and me attended the Kerry-Edwards rally in St. Petersburg. Wow, what a wait. We arrived at the St. Pete Coliseum (a very small venue) at about 6:40 in the evening. We got in the back of the line about one third of a block from the entrance. They finally started letting people in about 8:15, and we got in the door and through security about 9:10, and then only because we sort of sneaked ourselves up the line a little.

The candidates didn’t arrive until 10:00pm. They had a guy on an electronic keyboard do some entertaining. It was okay, but he didn’t do a lot to really liven up the crowd. I guess he just mostly kept us from getting too restless. The building got very hot with the TV lights and all the people. Everyone in line did not make it in.

It was a pretty interesting spectacle. This was the first time Lay ever attended anything like this. I’ve been to political rallies before, but never a Presidential one. We got fairly close to the front and were right in the center, so the view wasn’t bad. We had made our own shirts, and everyone really liked Lay’s. It said, “I like my politics like I like my women…with less Bush.”

The pilot of John Kerry’s Fast Boat from Vietnam lives in the Tampa Bay area, so he’d been invited to lead the Pledge of Allegiance. It was clearly being used to highlight Kerry’s military service, while giving Bush a backhanded slight. They had loaded the stage behind the candidate with a carefully chosen group. A few local pols, along with the right number of blacks, a couple of Asians, some college and high school students and a few people wearing union shirts.

Kerry started the evening. He introduced his wife, and they should not use her for much campaign speaking. I was 10pm after a grueling day, but she was completely out of it, and admitted to have a glass of wine. Kerry?s speech was the typical stump speech. He talked about ?no child left behind,? and the economy, and making America respected again in the broader world. It was all the stuff you?d expect, and this being a room of the party faithful, it was all well received.

John Edwards? wife is a great campaigner, and she really does know how to work and win over a crowd. She comes across as a very down-to-earth person. John Edwards? speech was the best and most rousing of the night.

I believe John Kerry increased his chances of winning pretty significantly by selecting Edwards. The guy is smooth, and knows how to get a crowd going. I think he brings a lot to the ticket. I love that the Bush campaign can only come up with the fact that he?s inexperienced in government as a criticism. Let?s see, what had George done to gain his experience?Oh yeah, he?d run three or four companies into the ground and executed a lot of people as governor of Texas.

Edwards, lets see, unlike George he wasn?t born with a silver spoon. He built a successful law practice, and served on the U. S. Senate?s Intelligence Committee.

I would have been interested to know how many people like Lay are concerned enough to be there for first time. I believe that would be a serious indicator of how the election might go. There were lots of younger people there, and a lot of them were part of organized groups. I get the sense there is a feeling among these party faithful that its never been more important to replace a republican administration. There was a lot of recruiting going on for campaign workers, and a lot of people seemed to be signing up

Keeping On-July 7, 2004

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Jul 072004

Terri’s Law Arguments by Governor Bush — To bring some of you up-to-date, here in Florida a lady has been in consistent vegatative state for well over six years. Her husband has been, for most of that time, attempting to have her artificial feeding tube removed to allow her to die. Her deranged, but politically connected, parents managed to get the Jeb Bush to push through the legislature a law, allowing the Governor to make the final determination about the removal of her feeding tube. This was in response to the courts finally declaring, after six years of review, the husband had the final say (duhhh). In the first challenge to Terri’s Law, the court declared the law unconstitutional (again, duhhh). However, the Governor has appealed (using up who knows how much of the State’s money), and his attorney is arguing that Terri’s wishes about whether to be kept alive by artificial means could have changed recently because of a statement issued by the Pope saying that no one in her state should be denied food. (Terri was raised Catholic.) Its interesting that Jeb wants to follow the dictates of the Catholic Church in this case, but whoa, when it comes to Capital Punishment, which the Pope also opposes, he and his brother pretty much disregard the Vatican. Anyone besides me see an incongruity here?

War On PornographyDid you know that “pornography is more addictive than alcohol, cigarettes or illicit drugs?” Or that “one in five children ages 10 to 17 has received sexual solicitations while on the Internet” – and that, by extension, pornography per se is equivalent to pedophilia? Or that “over 80% of Americans are in favor of clamping down on Internet Pornography?” Neither did I. Nor can we find any sources to back up most of the claims made by an alliance of “several U.S. and Canadian organizations” that announced a “War on Pornography” campaign in Utah yesterday. I can’t say I’m in favor of pornography, but if an adult wants to look, go ahead. However, I do get concerned that today, groups like this (and the current Bush Administration), don’t seem to care whether or not their “facts” are really facts at all.

Mobile Phones May Damage Sperm?First its brain tumors, now low sperm counts. I say we get rid of cell phones alltogether. “The prolonged use of cell phones may have a negative effect on (sperm production) and male fertility,” Dr. Imre Fejes, of the department of obstetrics and gynecology at the University of Szeged said in a summary of the study. Maybe we should just give everyone who looks at porn on-line a cell phone?

Kerry’s Running Mate — Edwards has looked like the most likely choice for several weeks now. It certainly didn’t surprise RNC operatives who immediately released a lengthy dossier (which makes the Clinton memoirs seem concise) asking the question: Who is John Edwards? They answer their own question by explaining that: “John Edwards is a disingenuous, unaccomplished liberal and friend to personal injury trial lawyers.” You really want to know who John Edwards is? He is the man who will not take the bait being thrown out there by the RNC. He is the man who will keep his campaign optimistic. He certainly lacks a certain level of experience (none of his former employers are doing business in Iraq) and gravitas (he has yet to drop an F-bomb on the Senate floor), but what he brings is great campaigning and unbridled positivism. So how can the Bush team help? They can hammer home the fact that they are disgusted by Edwards’ history of standing up for the little guy in personal injury cases at a time when patients have lost their right to sue HMOs and the Bush Medicare plan has actually resulted in an increase in drug prices. Opps…already done. (Is Karl Rove losing his touch?)