You all may know that at least two of the Citizens were pulling for a Kerry-Vilsack ticket. But Kerry just announced that he has picked Edwards. Kerry hasn't found this website I guess.
Here are my views of the pros and cons of the choice:
PRO: Edwards is the kind of politician that people THINK they know even when they don't know him. Reagan, Clinton and Bush (2000) had that. That will help Kerry.
PRO: Edwards is Southern and while that may not be enough to get Southern Whites to vote for him in large numbers, it will send a "moderate" signal to independent voters in the Great Lakes region or Florida. I believe that many of the "undecided" voters were waiting to see if Kerry would pick someone like Hillary Clinton. The CNN-MSNBC-FOX crowd have encouraged this by mentioning Hillary every time they talk about VP candidates even though she was never really seriously considered. Edwards' populist tone will appeal to independent voters in swing states.
PRO: Edwards has already announced he is leaving the Senate so Democrats won't have the awkward situation imposed on them by Dukakis' running mate, Bentsen who had so much confidence in the ticket that he continued to run for his Texas Senate seat.
PRO: Edwards' record as a trial lawyer may appeal to the Nader Raider types. Edwards can realistically claim to have "stood up to corporate fat cats."
CON: Edwards record as a trial lawyer will make the ticket vulnerable to predictable accusations of being the champions of "special interests" and "frivolous law suits."
CON: Edwards may be a bit of a lightweight. After insisting he was going to pick someone who was "ready to be President," Kerry may have picked the Democratic Dan Quayle (stupid pretty boy with good hair). We'll see if Edwards can "look presidential."
CON: Kerry will have to work hard to avoid being upstaged by his running mate.
What do you think?
Tuesday, July 06, 2004
Posted by Raised By Republicans at 7:48 AM