Look Who's Linking to PoliBlog:
Absinthe and Cookies
Accidental Verbosity
Admiral Quixote's Roundtable
All Day Permanent Red
All Things Jennifer
Ann Althouse
The American Mind
Arguing with signposts
The Astute Blogger
Asymmeterical Information
B-Town Blog Boys
Backcountry Conservative
Balloon Juice
Bananas and Such Begging to Differ
The Bemusement Park
Bewtween the Coasts
Betsy's Page
The Big Picture
Blogs for Bush
Boots and Sabers
The Bully Pulpit
Caffeinated Musing
California Yankee
Captain's Quarters
Chicago Report
Chicagoland of Confusion
Citizen Smash
Collected Thoughts
The Command Post
Common Sense and Wonder
Confessions Of A Political Junkie
Conservative and Right
Cranial Cavity
The Daily Lemon
Daly Thoughts
DANEgerus Weblog
Dart Frog on a Cactus
Dean's World Dear Free World
Brad DeLong
Democracy Project
The Disagreeable Conservative Curmudgeon
Down to the Piraeus
Drink this...
Earthly Passions
The Education Wonks
the evangelical outpost
Eye of the Storm
The Flying Space Monkey Chronicles
The Friendly Ghost
Functional, if not decorative
The Galvin Opinion
The Glittering Eye
Haight Speech
The Hedgehog Report
Heh. Indeed.
Hennessy's View
High Desert Skeptic
Robert Holcomb
I love Jet Noise
Idlewild South
Independent Thinker
Insults Unpunished
Internet Ronin
Ipse Dixit
It Can't Rain All The Time...
The Jay Blog
Jen Speaks
Joefish's Freshwater Blog
John Lemon blog
Judicious Asininity
Just On The Other Side
The Kudzu Files
Let's Try Freedom
Liberty Father
Life and Law
Locke, or Demosthenes?
Gary Manca
Mark the Pundit
Mediocre but Unexciting
Mental Hiccups
Miller's Time
Mind of Mog
Minorities For Bush
Mr. Hawaii
The Moderate Voice
The Modulator
Much Ado
Mungowitz End
My opinion counts
my thoughts, without the penny charge
My Word
Neophyte Pundit
New England Republican
NewsHawk Daily
neWs Round-Up
No Pundit Intended
Nobody asked me, but...
Obsidian Wings
Occam's Toothbrush
On the Fritz
On the Third Hand
One Fine Jay
Out of Context
Outside the Beltway
Peppermint Patty
John Pierce
The Politicker
The Politburo Diktat
Political Annotation
Political Blog For The Politically Incorrect
Power Politics
Practical Penumbra
Priorities & Frivolities
Prof. Blogger's Pontifications
Pundit Heads
The Queen of All Evil
Quotes, Thoughts, and other Ramblings
Ramblings' Journal
Random Acts of Kindness
Random Nuclear Strikes
Ranting Rationalist
Read My Lips
Reagan Country
A Republican's Blog
The Review
Right Side of the Rainbow
Right Wingin-It
Right Wing News
Right Voices
Rightward Reasonings
riting on the wall
Rooftop Report
The Sake of Argument
Secular Sermons
Sha Ka Ree
Shaking Spears
She Who Will Be Obeyed!
The Skeptician
The Skewed
small dead animals
Sneakeasy's Joint
SoCal Law Blog
A Solo Dialogue
Some Great Reward
Southern Musings
Speed of Thought...
Spin Killer
Matthew J. Stinson
The Strange Political Road Trip of Jane Q. Public
Stuff about
Target Centermass
Templar Pundit
The Temporal Globe
Tex the Pontificator
Texas Native
think about it...
Tobacco Road Fogey
Tony Talks Tech
The Trimblog
Use The Forks!!
Wall of Sleep
Weapons of Mass Discussion
Who Knew?
The Window Manager
Winning Again!
WizBang Tech
The World Around You
The Yin Blog
You Big Mouth, You!
Non-Blogs Linking to PoliBlog: - Alabama Weblogs

AJC's 2004 Election Politics Sites and Blogs Campaign Finance
Welcome to World O' Blogs
Yahoo! Directory Political Weblogs
Young Elephant
Tuesday, July 6, 2004
So, It’s Edwards

By Steven Taylor @ 8:21 am

No big surprise: Kerry Picks Edwards as Running Mate. Not a bad choice, but I am not sure that it was the best choice.

Some thoughts:

1) The “Bringing a State” Test. Yes, this is an over-rated category, but since it is fairly clear that Edwards was unlikely to be re-elected to the Senate from NC, his electoral impact will be small. And one can throw out the idea that he will help in the South to the degree to which he could swing a Bush state to Kerry.

2) The “Read to Govern” Test: A scant six years (almost) in elected office isn’t really suffcient to pass this test-and while he is a better looking man thatn Cheney, and more energetic looking, I don’t think he will compare favorably in the debates. To the small degree to which some swing voters may look at the veeps as potential presidents in a time of war, I would think that Cheney would win that comparison.

3) Senator + Senator: While hardly a death-blow, it seems odd to me to have two Senators on the ticket who have, between them, zero hours of chief executive experience (although, granted, Kerry was Lt. Gov. of Mass under Dukakis).

4) The “He Adds Energy to the Ticket” Argument: First, whatever energy infusion that Kerry will get will only last through the initial media-fest over the nomination, and second, the excitement over the possibility of some excitement bespeaks poorly about the head of the ticket. LIke the GOP excitement over Jack Kemp in 1996, this situation serves to underscore how un-exciting the nominee is.

I still think that Gephardt would have been a better choice: a chance at tippping MIssouri to Kerry, a ton of governmental experience, and less discussion about him being chosen for “energy.” Although, granted, there was still a lack of executive experience there.

The selection does follow the same pattern as that other JFK, i.e., Senator+Senator (and Northeastern+Southerner)-except that LBJ had a ton of experience and could bring Texas, and the top of the ticket had the charisma and energy.

Filed under: 2004 Campaign
  • Outside the Beltway linked with Kerry Picks Edwards as Running Mate
  • Phlegma weblog linked with Kerry chooses Edwards
  • Outside the Beltway linked with Kerry Picks Edwards as Running Mate
  • The American Mind linked with Ketchup and Mustard
  • Priorities & Frivolities linked with John Edwards
  • Signifying Nothing linked with Signified Elsewhere
  • The Moderate Voice linked with John Edwards As Democratic Veep: Expert Larry Sabato On Pluses And Minuses
  • One Fine Jay linked with Slick Johnny

Click here to go to the main page.


  1. I don’t see how the lack of elective office experience can be wielded against Edwards when George Bush had no more, and arguably less, exeperience in 2000.

    Comment by Harry — Tuesday, July 6, 2004 @ 9:54 am

  2. A valid point-however, traditionally experience in executive office has counted far more in these kinds of situations than legislative experience. So that in handicapping such things, having been governor of a major state for a full term, and then having been re-elected, woul score higher than an incomplete Senate term. Now, whether that is appropriate scoring or not is another question, but given the way voters have judged such candidates in the past, it seems that such is the way candidates are perceived.

    Plus, Bush was running in the “peace and prosperity” era, while this is at worst a war era, and at best one of serious international conflict-which also affects perceptions of the importance of experience.

    Comment by Steven — Tuesday, July 6, 2004 @ 10:10 am

  3. If you’re interested, here’s the press release:

    In just a few minutes, I will announce that Senator John Edwards will join me as my running-mate on the Democratic ticket as a candidate for vice president of the United States. Teresa and I could not be more excited that John and Elizabeth Edwards will be our partners in our journey to make America stronger at home and respected in the world.

    You are the heart and soul of our campaign. You’ve shattered records and expectations every step of the way. Every time someone said you couldn’t do it, you proved them wrong. Because of your incredible grassroots energy and commitment, I wanted to make the first official announcement of my decision to you - more than one million online supporters at

    I want you to know why I’m excited about running for president with John Edwards by my side. John understands and defends the values of America. He has shown courage and conviction as a champion for middle class Americans and those struggling to reach the middle class. In the Senate, he worked to reform our intelligence, to combat bioterrorism, and keep our military strong. John reaches across party lines and speaks to the heart of America - hope and optimism. Throughout his own campaign for President, John spoke about the great divide in this country - the “Two Americas” - that exists between those who are doing well today and those who are struggling to make it from day to day. And I am so proud that we’re going to build one America together.

    In the next 120 days and in the administration that follows, John Edwards and I will be fighting for the America we love. We’ll be fighting to give the middle class a voice by providing good paying jobs and affordable health care. We’ll be fighting to make America energy independent. We’ll be fighting to build a strong military and lead strong alliances, so young Americans are never put in harm’s way because we insisted on going it alone.

    I can’t tell you how proud I am to have John Edwards on my team, or how eager I am for the day this fall when he stands up for our vision and goes toe-to-toe with Dick Cheney.

    This is the most important election of our lifetime, and a defining moment in our history. With you by our side every day of this campaign, John and I will lead the most spirited presidential campaign America has ever seen, and fight to lead our nation in a new and better direction.

    Thank you

    Comment by ericl — Tuesday, July 6, 2004 @ 10:16 am

  4. from Juan Cole:

    One thing that hadn’t been clear to me before was Edwards’ antipathy to Halliburton and his critique of “unbid contracts.” Edwards as a trial lawyer who helped consumers get their due from rich corporations that had harmed them would be ideally placed to take on the whole issue of Halliburton and the ways in which the Bush administration has mishandled Iraq by funneling huge amounts of money into expensive contracts that did not even employ many Iraqis. That is to say, Edwards may be the Anti-Cheney in ways that could be important to the campaign. Cheney’s use of foul language on the Senate floor and increasing testiness suggest that he feels vulnerable on the Halliburton issue. One of the scandals that has been reported but hasn’t really broken yet is the way in which Halliburton gained contracts to provide services to US troops in an emergency but has been unable actually to provide those services. The summer of 2003 was hell on the troops because they had no quonset huts or air conditioning. Their shaving cream cans were exploding in the desert. Why didn’t the army just build them quonset huts? Because that task had been contracted out to civilians. And why didn’t civilians do the job? Because civilians cannot be ordered into a war zon, and Halliburton and KBR often simply could not put enough civilian personnel into the field to do the jobs contracted for in a timely manner. Who suffered? The US troops. Why? Because the Bush administration gave a soldier’s job to wealthy civilian corporations unequipped to handle it. Edwards is well placed to make hay with this sort of thing if he is canny about it.

    Comment by Stephen — Tuesday, July 6, 2004 @ 1:31 pm

RSS feed for these comments.

Leave a comment

Line and paragraph breaks automatic, e-mail address never displayed, HTML allowed: <a href="" title="" rel=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>



Take a Look At This!
  • Tabloid News
  • Word of The Day
  • Chronograph Watches
  • Office Shredders
  • Cash Registers
  • Ricoh Fax Machines
  • IBM Typewriters
  • Copy Machines
  • UNIX Consulting
  • Web Design

Visitors Since 2/15/03

Powered by WordPress