But really – does she think she’s helping her husband in his battle for the White House by sniping at Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama?
“The problem for me with the other candidates is I don’t know what it is that drives them,” she explained, “I should think the president has to be somebody who has that kind of vision outside themselves.”
I’m sorry, but what? You don’t know what drives them, but you’re assuming they’re heartless, selfish and power-hungry, with no vision for the country?
Okay, fine. What if I said this to Mrs. Edwards? “I don’t know what drives you, Mrs. Edwards, but I’m assuming that you don’t care what you say, as long as your husband becomes President.” That seems just as fair a conclusion to draw.
Unfortunately, there’s more.
Mrs. Edwards praised her husband for apologizing for his vote in favor of the Iraq War, and questioned Senator Hillary Clinton’s, D-N.Y., for not doing the same.
“She even, in the New Hampshire debate said, ‘I made a mistake.’ People are looking for a mea culpa from her. And when she buried a line like that –- I give her credit for saying that –- but when she buries that line… we’re electing a leader of the free world, and just like the votes on this last funding bill, we’re looking for a leader,” Edwards contended.
And while Senator Barack Obama, D-Ill., was in the Illinois state legislature and not the Senate in 2003, Mrs. Edwards equally questioned his motives.
“Obama gives a speech that’s likely to be extraordinarily popular in his home district,” Edwards said, “and then comes to the Senate and votes for funding… so you are going to get people behaving in a holier-than-thou way.”
Oh. You mean that apologizing for voting for the AUMF makes it okay? I’m sorry, but to me, an apology for a policy vote doesn’t work the way an apology for a personal decision does. The policy is still in place, and it’s still one of the worst foreign policy disasters in American history. And as far as Obama, isn’t she being a little holier-than-thou herself by holding up Mr. Edwards as some kind of pure leader with only the good of the country at heart?
I agree with what Hillary Clinton said at the AFL-CIO debate. The Democrats should be united against the Republicans and the right wing, not attacking each other. You can point out differences between yourself and your opponent with more respect than this. And whether it’s fair or not, it seems like John Edwards is sending out his wife, who is viewed as an unassailable target due to her illness, to do his dirty work. That’s not the action of an incorruptible leader, is it?