January 30, 2008
The Happy Warrior

John Edwards, sadly, is out. With him went what seemed like the only chance to end our occupation of Iraq before 2012, when a presumably Democratic president will presumably be reelected.

If Edwards had been able to end the occupation next year — Bush’s warhogs are right about this — the results would have been the shameful abandonment of our allies there, a bloody civil war killing thousands or hundreds of thousands of Iraqis, and a destabilized Middle East descending into God knows what new horrors.

If Clinton or Obama is elected, exactly the same things will happen, only four years later. By that time we will have lost another trillion dollars or so and thousands more American lives. In addition the Iraqis would have lost — Oh, well, who cares?

Obama or Clinton will happily pay such a price for reelection, just as Nixon did before them. The awful irony is that this time it might not even work. Bush has left his successor a far worse mess to clean up than Kennedy/Johnson did. We could wind up with a Republican president in 2012, or even a Scientologist. On the evidence so far this century, we’re dumb enough to elect anything.

The only bright spot in today’s announcement is my suspicion that Edwards has cut a deal with Obama and will wind up as vice president. This would halfway realize the advice I generously offered on December 16: “As between Edwards and Obama my considered opinion is that they should swap wives and then flip for the nomination.”


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Posted by Jerome Doolittle at January 30, 2008 11:03 AM
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It's also possible he's made a deal to become Attorney General. That would be great, to have someone who's fought for people against corporations all his life heading the DoJ.

Posted by: Chuck Dupree on January 30, 2008 1:57 PM

Interesting thought. Suppose he used not his support for one but his withholding of support from both to leverage himself into either the vice presidency or the DoJ? Very crafty. That would put him in a win-win position instead of a 50-50 one. Neither Clinton nor Obama could be sure where the Edwards vote would go, or if Edwards could deliver it with an endorsement. For both of them the best finesse might be to buy his neutrality.

Posted by: CCRyder on January 30, 2008 2:33 PM

I'd much rather see him named as Attorney General. The trial lawyers have some heavy hitters. Imagine if they started recruiting some of the guys who've been battling corporate theft all their life to take a sabbatical from their practices and clean things up. And the trial lawyers have one hell of a network that can bring up things that the corporations thought were buried in concrete.


Posted by: Buck on January 30, 2008 4:42 PM

Beware, Buck, at what COULD happen to a good Democrat IF he is awarded the appointment of Attorney General. President Carter's appointee, Griffin Bell, has just put out a well-published statement that he is supporting McCain for President. This follows significant accolades and appointments not only by Jimmy Carter, but also, John F. Kennedy.

Yellow dog that I am, I really wouldn't like to risk losing this wonderful asset to my party!!!!

Posted by: mfd on January 31, 2008 12:25 PM
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