2008 Edwards vs. Clinton’s Coat
posted by July 24 at 9:15 AMon
Last night at the YouTube/CNN debates, the Democratic candidates were asked a cheesy closing question: What do you like, and dislike, about the person to your left?
The answer from John Edwards was particularly cringe-making. Politico calls it flat-out dumb. Others have called it sexist. What Edwards chose to criticize about Clinton was her choice of jacket ó live, on-stage, to her face, in front of a national audience.
I admire what Senator Clinton has done for America, what her husband did for America. Um. I’m not sure about that coat.
(The Edwards comment starts at 3:00)
For people who find Edwards smarmy, the look on his face as he criticized Hillary’s debate-night fashion choice is sure to reconfirm their sense that Edwards is, to use the immortal post-debate phrasing of Lynne Cheney from 2004, “Not a nice man.”
Edwards seemed pleased to have delivered his sly, potentially-humiliating insult. Parts of the audience groaned, however, and one couldn’t help but have sympathy for Clinton in that moment.
John, it’s a good thing we’re ending soon.
And then a few moments later Obama, ever gentlemanly, offered this:
I actually like Hillary’s coat, I don’t know what’s wrong with it.
I don’t know how much attention this exchange will end up getting, but I bet it turned a lot of debate-watchers off John Edwards, or at least confirmed for Edwards-haters that they are right to see him as a creep with a great smile.