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Thursday, May 24, 2007

Shrum v. Edwards

posted by on May 24 at 13:34 PM

For those who don’t remember Bob Shrum, he was the mastermind behind John Kerry’s presidential campaign. Now the much-mocked political consultant has a new book out, and it’s not kind to John Edwards:

In the one passage of the book already widely leaked, Shrum recounts how he and other political advisers pushed Edwards into a vote for the [2002 Iraq War] resolution that Edwards—and, even more so, his wife, Elizabeth—didn’t want to cast. The episode didn’t make Shrum look great. But the real damage is to Edwards, who comes across as a cipher taking orders from his handlers. As Shrum puts it: “[H]e was the candidate and if he was really against the war it was up to him to stand his ground. He didn’t.”

More on who’s knifing who, and exactly how, and perhaps why, here.

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um. ok. so, what does any of this have to do with Iraq?

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 24, 2007 1:54 PM

I have many problems with Shrum. #1 is that he hasn't won a national election but still gets work on them.

But he's spot on in his criticism of Edwards. I was disgusted when Edwards said during the first debate that his biggest mistake was voting for the Iraq War, and that his lesson learned was that he should trust his own judgment. I couldn't believe that his vote for the war was not out of conviction, but was political maneuvering. That is disgusting. If you can't grow a spine and vote out of principle on something as important as war, you have no business looking for my vote or anyone else's. Is that what anyone wants in a president or any leader? I hope not.

Posted by Ryno | May 24, 2007 3:54 PM

Hey, EVERY fucking democrat up there voted to support the iraq resolution, almost assuredly for political reasons, except for like two guys. As long as we have a two-party oligarchy, American politics is about picking the lesser of two evils. And just reading their faces and listening to their words, Shrum's account comes off bullshit. He's saying Kerry was the straight shooter (unlike Edwards), when every sentence Kerry spoke was agonizingly strained to fit into what his handlers told him to say. Edwards may be just as false, but at least he's good enough of a liar to make me feel like he has a heart somewhere in his chest, and I'll vote for his ass in the primaries (if I even bother with them) and definitely for the presidency - if he gets that far. He's quite possibly the least of the evils we've got to choose from this year, at minimum he's the least evil of the electable ones.

Posted by christopher | May 24, 2007 4:23 PM

Um, you mean our Congressman (7th CD) and who else, @3?

Posted by Will in Seattle | May 24, 2007 5:50 PM

Our GOOD Senator didn't vote for it either, Will...

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