If he truly cared, he wouldn't try to poison people's souls with envy and he wouldn't ignore the evidence so cogently presented by the brilliant Thomas Sowell that there are not nearly as many poor people in America as some would have us believe. Or that the average income of those in the lowest income bracket is rising. And most importantly, and happily (to all but the class warriors), "people seldom stay in the bottom brackets for more than a few years."
But the facts are sometimes less relevant than salesmanship, and Edwards has proven in court, on the stump, and in a few primaries at least, that he's a salesman. Perhaps I'm just haunted by Bill Clinton's ability to distort a barely sluggish economy into "the worst economy in 50 years," and the largest peacetime growth in American history into evil "trickledown economics."
Plus, in the Democrats' America, it no longer matters whether you're truly poor, only whether others have more. Not until everyone "earns" the same income will this be a great country. Isn't that what Edwards means by "one America"?
Sure, I still think Bush is an odds-on favorite for reelection, but my gut tells me that Edwards could be a more formidable opponent. He has the Clinton schtick down, if not the height, he stays on message like a bulldog, and he hasn't amassed the problematic paper trail that Kerry has. Both Kerry's woefully inconsistent positions and his Jane Fondaesque antics are eventually going to come back to bite him -- hard.
I still think Kerry is virtually unstoppable for the nomination, but I can't get over this nagging fear that Democrats might wake up before it's too late and realize what their polling data is trying to tell them. Which is that Senator Kerry is an unappealing candidate they are crowning because he's "electable" when in fact the smiling little silver-tongued Johnny Edwards might give George W. a better run for his money.