Cal  Thomas

One of the things people hate most about politics is politicians who don't tell the truth and change their positions at the drop of an opinion poll.

Only five months ago, Sen. John Kerry said of his chosen running mate, Sen. John Edwards: "I think the American people want an experienced hand at the helm of state. This is not the time for on-the-job training in the White House on national security issues."

Speaking of Edwards' lack of experience as a freshman senator, Kerry was quoted by The New York Times six months ago as saying about Edwards: "In the Senate four years - and that is the full extent of his public life - no international experience, no military experience, you can imagine what the advertising is going to be next year ... When I came back from Vietnam in 1969, I don't know if John Edwards was out of diapers then ... ."

Did Edwards swallow maturity pills and, overnight, achieve political potty training? How can a presidential candidate think so little of a Senate colleague only to select him as his running mate? Dan Quayle had more congressional experience than John Edwards when Quayle was selected to run with President George H.W. Bush in 1988. Some of the same people praising Edwards trashed Quayle for being an inexperienced airhead.

Less than a month ago, Kerry's stepson, Chris Heinz, was quoted in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: "I was very pro-Edwards in the spring. ... But now I think we may need someone with stronger credentials on foreign policy."

Edwards has a 100 percent liberal voting record as chronicled by most left-wing organizations and a zero rating by most conservative ones. The chairman of Walter Mondale's 1984 presidential campaign, Bob Beckel, interviewed July 6 on Fox News, described Kerry-Edwards as "a liberal ticket."

Edwards would repeal the Bush administration's tax cuts, which ended a brief recession and ignited an economic recovery. He is a big-government, high-taxing, abortion-at-any-stage, judicial-litmus-testing opportunist. The Republican National Committee issued a remarkable 22-page diary full of quotes by Kerry that criticize and oppose Edwards' stand on almost every issue imaginable, from health care to his lack of experience to his acceptance of special-interest money and "grandstanding."

Cal Thomas

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Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America".
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