Thursday, December 28, 2006

Tomorrow Begins Today

That's the slogan that the John Edwards campaign is putting out as he announces his candidacy.

I was in New Orleans twice since Katrina; the first time just a few days after the levees broke, when I volunteered with other police officers, and then again this past March as part of the St Bernard Recovery Project, with Habitat for Humanity. (You can look at all the pictures here.)

I am impressed that John Edwards chose the 9th Ward to announce his candidacy. Right now he's the only candidate I've seen who seems to be speaking for the working person and the poor, and who seems willing to address the widening gap in our nation between the haves and have-nots. I hope he doesn't disappoint me.

Here's a preview of his campaign announcement that's on YouTube. You can visit his website here.

I'll get back to the usual sideshow shortly.


Anonymous said...

My father and I, in discussing '08, concluded that Edwards would make a kickass candidate. There's a lot of talk about Obama and Clinton. I think it's way too early for Obama. And I think a few people have forgotten that Ms. Clinton voted for this war.

Very cool that you volunteered in New Orleans, Bubs.

Coaster Punchman said...

Edwards concerned me a bit with his quite conservative stances on social issues. I need to reevaluate.

Kate said...

We listened to this last night, and I have to say this is NOTHING like the Edwards we saw speak here. The Edwards we saw was used car salesmem smarmy. All I can think is that we saw a close to Dday canned performance.

Tenacious S said...

Bubs, are you and the lovely Miz Bubs joining us tonight for the soiree? You can find the directions to the restaurant and the details at

Hope to see you there!

Beth said...

Thanks for the clip. I haven't decided who to support. I'm afraid Clinton will be too polarizing and send on-the-fencers to McCain.

Bubs said...

Last things first:

Ten, sadly, no. The above-posted Kate, my sister-in-law, and her husband and mom are all coming in tonight for the New years weekend. Are you going to see the Raconteurs Saturday? We'll be there.

Kate, glad you said that. I remembered your negative impression from 04, I had one myself, but during that campaign and especially in the two years since, I've been impressed with the way Edwards has focused on poverty and class issues.

CP, I wasn't aware of that. I conffess that I don't pay as much attention to a candidate's social issue positions as I do their economic ones. I have to do some research now.

Johnny, I like Obama, but only in a general sense. I think that some of his numbers are a result of Democrat desperation in 2004--his election, and charisma, appealed to liberals who at that point were desperate for a winner. I'm not sure it will hold up. I'm also suspicious of any politician who comes up in northern Illinois--I just wait for the skeletons to fall out of the closet.

Bubs said...

Beth, I see nothing but negatives with Clinton. There's a significant number of liberal/left Democrats who don't like her, so I think her support would be so-so. Making matters worse, I think she's the most disliked figure on the right, so her presence would have a galvanizing impact getting more GOP voters out just to vote against her. It's lose/lose in my opinion.

Read the book "What's the matter with Kansas" The author says that when Democrats under Clinton (with NAFTA and GATT) essentially removed the difference between themselves and the GOP on economic issues, they opened the door for the GOP to run almost exclusively (and win) on social wedge issues.