September 25, 2004

BEING UNBEARABLE AND THE LIGHTNESS:

For Edwards and Kerry, an Evolving Partnership With Awkward Moments (RANDAL C. ARCHIBOLD, 9/26/04, NY Times)

The two had few things in common, beyond a friendship with Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts, and had never worked closely together in the Senate, though their voting records on significant legislation are comparable.

In the heat of the primary campaign they had exchanged only a few barbs, most pointedly when Mr. Kerry said during a campaign stop in Iowa: "When I came back from Vietnam in 1969, I don't know if John Edwards was out of diapers then. Well, I'm sure he was out of diapers.''

Mr. Edwards bristled and responded almost immediately, saying: "In 1969, I was sitting around a kitchen table with my parents trying to figure out how we would pay for college like so many Iowans do every single day. And that is a difference between me and Senator Kerry.''

Mr. Kerry called that same night to apologize.

After he had lost the nomination to Mr. Kerry, Mr. Edwards confided in a number of associates his feelings about Mr. Kerry's limitations as a candidate.


Never worked closely in the Senate? Neither has a single piece of legislation that they're responsible for.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 25, 2004 7:47 PM
Comments

Orrin,

I must say: Best blog post title ever.

Posted by: Anthony Perez-Miller at September 26, 2004 2:55 AM
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