Power and Politics - I am Not the Yellow Peril

The life and times of an Asian American activist who tells all the truth (and dishes news and analysis) but with a leftwards slant.

Tuesday, May 06, 2008

The Edwardses' differing preferences

It seems that Elizabeth likes Hillary's health care plan and that she would be the first female POTUS while John likes that Obama brings change, according to a People magazine interview.

But he cited two things he likes about the charismatic young senator from Illinois: "One is, I think he really does want to bring about serious change and a different way of doing things. And secondly, I think it's a great symbolic thing to have an African-American who could be president."

Differing Opinions?

At that, Mrs. Edwards rolled her eyes and, gripping the arms of her kitchen chair with some exaggeration, seemed about to lunge from her seat. "What about the great symbolic thing about a woman ..."

"It's important. It's important," her husband said. "I know it."

More importantly, they have decided to stay out of the primaries to focus on pursuing issues dear to them - health care and poverty.

I still respect John Edwards as a candidate, and think that he still can run in 2012. Meanwhile, Hillary is done in the party. This is no longer her party, nor Bill's party. They need to stop thinking that they are the reigning king and queen of the ball, because it now belongs to the people. If they saw Dean as a threat (and they still do, because he is the titular head of the party), Obama's their worst fear - someone who actually wants to include and respect all comers, without regard as to their length of duration in the party or their previous affiliation.

Hillary is acting as the Nader in this race, and she is ruining it for everyone, from talking and acting Rovian to taking away the best line that Democrats have against John McCain (100 years in Iraq) by stating that she thinks it's okay to stay 50 years.

Not okay, Hillary, not okay.


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