Saturday, July 19, 2008

Veepstakes Profile No. 9: John Edwards

Pros: Because he's been out of DC for 4 years now (and was only there for 6), JRE does reinforce Barack's change banner, despite the fact that he was the Veep nominee in 2004. With his southern background and twang, the hope is that he would help win the white swing voters that they pundits have deemed crucial. He seems to have a good working chemistry with Barack and selecting Edwards, and putting Elizabeth Edwards back into focus, could give the Edwards one final turn in the spotlight together.
Cons: His poverty work does not play well in the general election, which seems to be directed more and more at answering the puzzle of "whose domestic policy is better for the middle class?" So while Edwards' "Two-America" message gains traction in the primary, it's the America in between that the general election is more concerned with. JRE also lacks the foreign policy experience that is so needed on the ticket.
Ideological Similarity: 8
Added Electability: 5
Risk: 8
Intangibles: 7
Total: 28

1 comment:

Head Dude said...

Mr. Sunshine had his turn, and got pounded in the VP debate in '04 by Cheney. He may help some with white men, Obama's weakness voting bloc (and obviously an important group), but then McCain could pound away for three months on this not being the time to elect the most inexperienced ticket in the last 100 years. So I say no.
Plus, I heard him speak at a bar event last year, and was curious to see if the claim that he mesmerizes in person really is true. I didn't feel it.