February 6, 2005

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Edwards's Speech Is on Poverty, but Focus Is on Where He Spoke (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 2/06/05)

MANCHESTER, N.H., Feb. 5 (AP) - In what appeared to be an early start for the 2008 campaign cycle, John Edwards told New Hampshire Democrats on Saturday that poverty was "one of the great moral issues of our time," and he pledged to help fight it.

"It may seem like an impossible goal to end poverty, but that's what the skeptics said about all of our other great challenges," said Mr. Edwards, the former vice-presidential candidate. "If we can put a man on the moon, conquer polio and put libraries of information on a chip, then we can end poverty for those who want to work for a better life."

The setting of the speech was as notable as its content. A visit to New Hampshire, the site of the first presidential primary, is often the first public sign that someone is considering a White House bid.


Here's all you really need to know about Mr. Edwards: he was incapable of beating Howard Dean and John Kerry.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 6, 2005 9:09 AM
Comments

If we can put a man on the moon, surely we can come up with a candidate who can devise a fresher (and more logical) meme than "If we can put a man on the moon..."

At any rate, since poverty is relative and since some people are reckless or dissolute, it may simply be intractable, as in the Democratic Party's long-standing poverty of ideas.

Posted by: Axel Kassel at February 6, 2005 9:15 AM

Is there any leftist politician that isn't traipsing the globe these days protesting his born-again commitment to curing poverty? Were these guys all struck by a damascene vision or do they think poverty just appeared out of nowhere like a tsunami? Even Blair is in the game. Might this not have something (a lot)to do with trying to distract the world from the ideals and successes of a certain president?

Posted by: Peter B at February 6, 2005 9:51 AM

Poverty among those who want to work? Whom is he talking about, the guest-workers? How many millions of "those who want to work" live within communting distance of fields tended by aliens?

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 6, 2005 11:06 AM

Poverty among those who want to work? Whom is he talking about, the guest-workers? How many millions of "those who want to work" live within communting distance of fields tended by aliens?

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 6, 2005 11:06 AM

Poverty among those who want to work? Whom is he talking about, the guest-workers? How many millions of "those who want to work" live within communting distance of fields tended by aliens?

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 6, 2005 11:08 AM

What is he suggesting exactly, putting the poor on the moon? If our engineering skills are good enough to get to the moon, they must be capable of re-engineering human nature? Curing poverty is a technological issue? Does he have a misconception regarding the capabilities of science? Is he an idiot?

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford,Ct. at February 6, 2005 11:09 AM

I stop listening as soon as anyone starts talking about Professor Edwards--or George Pataki--as serious presidential contenders.

Posted by: David Hill, The Bronx at February 6, 2005 11:14 AM

Even the Democratic party primary electorate is smarter than the ruminants who make up juries in civil cases in rural North Carolina. Since that is the case, Edwards has no shot.

Posted by: Bart at February 6, 2005 11:23 AM

But the best display of economic ignorance goes to Nelson Mandela who said poverty was "man-made".

Posted by: Moe from NC at February 6, 2005 12:28 PM

My bet is either within the next four years Edwards ends up being recruited by some Democratic-leaning producer/director to play a sympathetic lawyer in some movie or TV series and ends up going the Fred Thompson route, or he ends up on daytime television, doing one of those commercials telling people who've been injured or were exposed to asbestos to call his 800 number so he can help them get the money they deserve.

Posted by: John at February 6, 2005 12:32 PM

Edwards has a constituency - the press, the beautiful people, and part of the black community. He can certainly get their support more readily than Kerry, and if he is willing to attack Hillary, then the game is on.

However, in a national election, he will be gutted. Like OJ noted, all you need to know about him is that he was afraid to run for re-election.

Posted by: jim hamlen at February 6, 2005 1:26 PM

Tom C:

Is he an idiot?

Ummm...is this a trick question?

Posted by: Jeff Guinn at February 6, 2005 1:37 PM

"Here's all you really need to know about Mr. Edwards: he was incapable of beating Howard Dean and John Kerry."

Nitpick: Edwards did beat Dean, in Iowa.

Posted by: Bill Woods at February 6, 2005 3:42 PM

"If we can put a man on the moon..."

Except since 1972, we nor anyone else can put anyone on the moon. Another cliche from the past brought to us by the party that quadrennially runs against Herbert Hoover.

What these people seem to overlook is that they are comparing engineering problems, with well defined goals and precedents, and known failure modes, with social problems with vague (and ever changing goals) with untried solutions and the Law of Unintended Consequences.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at February 6, 2005 7:10 PM
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