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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Re: Edwards vs. Clinton’s Coat

posted by on July 24 at 10:12 AM

Here’s Politico’s Roger Simon (linked by Eli below) on Edwards’s comment about Clinton’s jacket:

Write this down, guys: Attack her policies, attack her past votes, attack her personality if you want to, but don’t attack what she is wearing. It looks sexist and cheap.

But we awarded points to Edwards for his video, in which he played the song “Hair” — a reference to the extremely expensive haircuts he charged to his campaign — and showed pictures of the poor in America with the ending frame: “What really matters?”

It was a nice attack on the carping press who concentrate on the insignificant while failing to help address America’s real problems.

And here’s Politico’s Roger Simon spilling 700 words on John Edwards’s hair.

I didn’t think Edwards came off as “not a nice man,” and I don’t think his statement was an “attack.” (Believe me, I’m the last person to defend attacks on Clinton’s clothes; I just don’t think this was one.) I think the comment came off more as a light-hearted, if not very successful, attempt at a joke—a joke set up by the question, which prompted ALL of the candidates to make not-very-funny jabs at one another (Obama made a lame joke about the White Sox; Gravel Biden said the thing he liked best about Dennis Kucinich was his wife). Politico and others will surely use this one comment as further evidence he’s “smarmy,” but, as always, consider the source.

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With the exception of Kucinich, they are all a bunch of crash dummies. What a farce.

Posted by Mannekin Skywalker | July 24, 2007 10:12 AM

Isn't Roger Simon a Hollywood deadbeat who thinks he knows what's what? Or am I thinking of somebody else?

Posted by Mr. Poe | July 24, 2007 10:16 AM

Imagine John McCain or Rudy Guiliani making the same crack during a debate and not ECB's preferred candidate, John Edwards. I don't think that ECB would be so forgiving.

Posted by EXTC | July 24, 2007 10:18 AM

After watching that debate I can honestly tell you we are all fucked no matter which one gets elected. And what is scarier than one of those Democrats getting in? A Republican getting elected.

Talk about picking the lesser of two evils yet again.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 24, 2007 10:19 AM

It was just a botched joke. Kinda like John Kerry's botched that joke right before the last election.

Coincidence? Methinks not...

Posted by ChinaTown | July 24, 2007 10:19 AM

@3: Right on. If this was any other Democrat even, ECB would've said "Oh it's sexist! Play fair!" but since it is Edwards, it's just a bad joke. And if anyone else used that defense "It was just a bad joke, sorry," I doubt ECB would let it end there.

Also, ECB, you are getting the Dems confused. Biden said he likes Kucinich's wife, not Gravel.

Posted by Cook | July 24, 2007 10:29 AM

I don't know if commenting on Hillary's wardrobe makes Edwards sexist and "one of the boys." I think it makes him more of a gay boy. "Girlfriend, I don't know about that jacket, bitch pleazza" (snap)

Posted by jhell | July 24, 2007 10:29 AM

The lesser of two evils... IS LESS EVIL.

Please make a note of it.

Posted by Dan Savage | July 24, 2007 10:31 AM

If I'm going to give ECB crap when I disagree, I'm certainly going to give her credit when we agree. This was well put.

Posted by Gomez | July 24, 2007 10:45 AM

@8: ...but still evil.

--Gore/Kerry supporter in the last two, ready to hold my nose and pull the (D) level again...

Posted by supergp | July 24, 2007 10:51 AM

@8 - true, which is what we told you in 2000, Dan, but you insisted Bush was ok.

Posted by Will in Seattle | July 24, 2007 11:11 AM

@ Dan, I think most of us would have guessed I was supporting the lesser of two evils.

A Republican is a quick trip to the destruction of the Republic, a Democrat gets us to the same place, it is just the scenic Sunday afternoon drive version of the fall.


Why won't Gore run? Hell, at this point I am all for repealing the 22nd amendment and figuring out how to bring FDR back to life. (I am not if that last part is just me being smart assed or serious)

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 24, 2007 12:24 PM

One other item then I am done for the day. (hold the applause) I am seriously jealous of my grandparents. The actually had the opportunity to vote for REAL LIFE HONEST TO GOD LIBERALS (who could and did win BTW)for the White House.

I wish we had that choice.

Posted by Cato the Younger Younger | July 24, 2007 12:31 PM

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