The Corner

Senator Edwards

The old rap against John Edwards used to be that he was the perfect candidate for the 1990s–and that 9-11 rendered him suddenly irrelevant. He was too green, too slick, too much of a trial lawyer. Maybe it’s all remains true. But let’s remember that as much as trial lawyers are demons in the conservative imagination, they’re also the heroes of popular TV shows and best-selling books. This guy could catch on. And don’t forget that Democrats like fresh faces. He’s the freshest in the field right now.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.