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They just can’t help it
Posted by: McQ on Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Good grief - I found myself agreeing with a post written by Jen over at Feministing and thought I'd have to slit my wrists as a result. But as it turns out, I was saved by a sentence.

Jen speaks about Elizabeth Edwards and her contention that poor John is getting screwed by the press. Says Elizabeth Edwards, speaking of turning to the internet to get the word out:
"In some ways, it's the way we have to go. We can't make John black, we can't make him a woman. Those things get you a lot of press, worth a certain amount of fundraising dollars."
Jen is horrified. After saying that while she's been an EE fan for quite a while, she finds Edwards assertion to be just wrong:
Perhaps some of the reasons Obama and Clinton are getting more attention in the mainstream media are their back and forth sniping, or the fact that they're incredibly far ahead in polls and fundraising.
Good point. Good analysis. Quit there and it is a worthwhile post to read.

But she didn't and that led to the inevitable slip:
The point is folks, it's hard out there for a white man. Maybe Edwards shold [sic] run as a Republican. They're all white, that should make it easier on him.
You don't get it? She didn't either apparently and addressing some supposed confusion among commenters said this about the Edwards quote in an update:
But in this case they're playing off of people's fears, and boiling the popularity of these other candidates down to their gender and race. None of those are acceptable tactics for a "progressive" campaign to be using.
Oh, yeah, well, except when talking about Republican candidates, of course.

UPDATE: Speaking of John Edwards, read this.
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Previous Comments to this Post 

we can’t make him a woman.
Not so sure about that one...
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Maybe Edwards shold [sic] run as a Republican. They’re all white
I hope you are right about the Left side of the blogosphere being more about organizing the hive than punditry, because if this is what passes for political analysis over there they could get the same thing at the corner bar with less eyestrain.
Written By: Aldo
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From the article in the link:
One time, when another member of the litigation team questioned whether one of Edwards’ flamboyant approaches would work with the jury, Edwards’ whirled on him and said, "My Eastern North Carolina juries believe that the moon landings were faked, and that WWF wrestling is real!"
Allow me to correct that:
One time, when another member of the litigation team questioned whether one of Edwards’ flamboyant approaches would work with the jury, Edwards’ [who is NOT gay!] whirled on him...

Written By: Aldo
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WWF isn’t real?

Well. Edwards probably has a much bigger mansion than Vince McMahon
Written By: shark
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The Republican party isn’t nearly as white as the lefty blogosphere.
Written By: the wolf
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Well Edwards could be the first gay candidate. That would score high is the progressive pantheon.
Written By: capt joe on the road
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