John Edwards

I have some thoughts about this whole event.  I kind of don’t know where to start.

Of course Edwards’s camp was right to switch from whatever kind of event this was supposed to be to something with a more appropriate tone.  It was probably a misstep to say that the event had been cancelled, because even when we got there, there was some confusion about whether Edwards would be there or if it was just going to be a public mourning.

It seems like Edwards was in a bit of a spot, too.  Like Mack said, before the thing, if he changed the tone of it, he risked seeming opportunistic.  But if he didn’t change the tone of it, he risked seeming tone deaf.

I think it came off as well as it could have, under such circumstances.

But I’m going to tell you what I think the drawback to Edwards as a candidate is–he appears to be very ordinary.  Nothing about his presense seemed more larger than life than anyone else’s.  He did not seem to be on some insane power grap, as if the world owes him a presidency.

He seemed like a genuinely nice, ordinary guy who’s trying to do the right thing.  Can a man like that win the Presidency?

I don’t know.

I think he’d be a fine President, but I don’t know that he has the ego to get to the Presidency.

I hope that makes sense.

I could be wrong.  I hope, for his sake, I am.

I only had two questions for him, which, of course, I didn’t get to ask.  One was about meth, about how he’ll work to keep the ingredients out of the hands of users and whether that will make it even harder for law abiding citizens to get cold medicine.

My second one was just going to be Marcotte and McEwan.  What the fuck?

Anyhow, I’m tired and I ate the word’s hottest pepper and so I must go to bed.