John Edwards’ Convention Speech
John Edwards’ speech is an improvement over Sharpton’s, to be sure. It strikes me as being very much in a time warp, though. It’s not just a 9/10/01 speech, it’s straight out of 1980. The idea that average Americans can’t send their kids to school or get them health care is frankly absurd. The civil rights rhetoric would have been powerful in 1972; now, it seems ridiculously anachronistic. And the idea that the people in that room think those are the most pressing problems facing the next president is baffling.
I’m not sure who the target audience for that awful cacophony by “Black Eye Peas” was, but I think it cost the Democrats at least one swing state. Damn, that was awful.
- Steven Taylor wonders, again, how John Edwards managed to get rich in The Other America.
- Dale Franks does a quasi-fisking
- Kevin Aylward wonders where the other America went.
Update (7/29 1015) : AP – Edwards: Kerry Ready to Build One America
John Edwards praised John Kerry Wednesday night as a man tested by war for national command and promised cheering Democratic National Convention delegates that their ticket will “build one America” no longer divided by income or race. The vice presidential candidate spoke shortly before delegates formally bestowed their nomination on Kerry, a 60-year-old Massachusetts senator locked in a close race with President Bush.
Republicans are “doing all they can to take this campaign for the highest office in the land down the lowest possible road,” Kerry’s running mate told delegates packed into the FleetCenter and a nationwide prime-time television audience. The vice presidential candidate urged the country to reject that approach and “embrace the politics of hope, the politics of what’s possible because this is America, where everything is possible.”
“The truth is, we still live in two different Americas,” said Edwards, the son of a Carolina mill worker and the first in his family to attend college.
“We can build an America where we no longer have two health care systems,” he said. “… We can build one public school system that works for all our children. … We can create good paying jobs in America again,” he added, by stopping the tax breaks that give companies an incentive to send jobs overseas. Recalling a childhood in the segregated South, Edwards said he and Kerry want “our children and our grandchildren to be the first generations to grow up in an America that’s no longer divided by race.”