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Rich: I didn’t see where you dismissed Edwards’s electability, but I entirely agree with your correspondent on the point that conservatives overestimate the unpopularity of trial lawyers (as they also do with regard to “union bosses”). The trial lawyers have made fortunes for themselves my 1) telling appealing stories 2) in a persuasive way. It is a perfect position in which to hone the demagogic arts. I think the bigger problem for Edwards will be that he’s a first-term senator with no pre-9/11 profile on national security (and I think his liberal fans overestimate the appeal of his “work vs. wealth” campaign theme–as I explain in the latest issue of NR).


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