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Self-Made, Moderate, Edwards



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I get press releases like this all day long. I just found this one a bit amusing:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, Dec. 28, 2006

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NEWS TIP: MODERATE STANCE GIVES JOHN EDWARDS ADVANTAGE IN PRESIDENTIAL RACE, DUKE EXPERT SAYS

John Edwards’ role as the leading moderate among Democrats who are expected to run for president gives him an advantage with voters, says a Duke University political scientist who specializes in African-American and Southern politics.

“As it stands now, he appears to be the candidate who is positioned more at the center of the party, and I think that’s where most of the base is, where the majority of the country is,” says Kerry L. Haynie, associate chair of the political science department. “He’s well-positioned. Can he take advantage of the position? That’s the question.”

Haynie also says the former vice-presidential candidate’s decision to announce “a grass-roots, ground-up campaign” in the Ninth Ward of New Orleans is an effective strategy.

“I think it’s very effective, and I think it reflects who he really is. He’s from humble beginnings, a working class background,” Haynie says. Edwards, who became a multimillionaire trial lawyer, is the son of a textile mill worker.

“His wealth is self-made, and exemplifies the American dream of becoming successful through hard work. We don’t mind wealth if it’s made the old-fashioned way — if you earn it.”

Me: Yes, Americans just love those self-made trial lawyers. As to why Edwards is a moderate, I have no idea.

Update: From a reader:

Jonah,

I think that press release is laughable. Edwards is a flaming liberal. I can’t think of one position he has staked out that is even close to being moderate. Someone needs to tell the man that you don’t get labeled moderate just by saying you are and by being from the south. You actually have to earn it—have a few battle scars to prove it.

Ask Joe Lieberman.


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