Friday, December 29, 2006


Edwards Puts His Money Where His Mouth Is

Specifically, the money he'll be paying his campaign manager. John Edwards has chosen David Bonior to lead his presidential campaign. You can't get much more progressive and populist than David Bonior. He's an aggressive campaigner and a strong believer in the grassroots. Just as important is what Bonior isn't: He is not now and has never been an inside-the-Beltway consultant.

That is excellent. Good for him.

I'm really liking Edwards more and more. He seems to have grown a bit since 2003-4, without growing cowardly.
old d.c. adage: personnel is policy.

i'm impressed.
I think Edwards is great but I just don't know what has changed since 2004 except that he is two years older. The more I think about the Dems in 2008, the more I think the nomination is Al Gore's to lose: he was robbed in 2000, has been consistently right on Iraq (unlike Hillary), and will not have a problem with either cash or name recognition... I wrote a story on this at
I haven't decided on my opinion of the Edwards candidacy (besides a kneejerk, "Come ON, it's only **2006** for crying out loud!"), and I don't know whether Bonior will make an effective campaign manager. But I was favorably impressed that one of the first things Edwards-the-candidate did was hire somebody whose credentials are 100% consistent with Edwards' message. Then I was even more impressed when I realized that Edwards has completely broken away from the Career Campaign Cadre. Even Howard Dean didn't do that.

And David BONIOR. Hot damn. Edwards might as well make his campaign slogan, "I'm a liberal -- if you don't like it, too bad!"

Ripper, my heart is with Al Gore. He won in 2000 in spite of everything the media did to ruin him, and he's shown that he learned a lot from the experience of having it stolen from him.
Bonior is one of the few people to enter and leave the Congress with about the same amount of money-- about what the average American has in his bank account.
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