The Corner

An Edwards VP?

McCain should pray that Obama picks (he won’t) John Edwards as VP–he brings no executive record of experience, and offers less ideological balance; he has a poor record of winning primaries over two failed runs for the Presidency, has never appealed to working-class whites, hurt the Kerry ticket as a mediocre VP candidate, did poorly in past and present debates, and went even harder to the left (in scripted fashion) in the primaries. Moreover, he adds to, rather than ameliorates, the sense of elitism and out-of-touchness that plagues Obama. For all the talk of growing up the son of a mill worker, voters remember ‘the haircut’ and that gargantuan house with the “John’s room” inner sanctum. I’m afraid all that outweighs the photogenic youthful appearance and occasional glibness.

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