John Edwards: Wal-Mart Is Really, Really Bad Until I'm Jonesin' For a New PS3 (Update: Edwards Acknowledges Gaffe)

Mary Katharine Ham
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Posted: Nov 16, 2006 4:47 PM

John-Boy, you make us proud down in the Tar Heel State.

I just got a hilarious Wal-Mart press release. Looks like the handsomest Senator has fallen victim to the siren song of low, low prices. Heaven forfend (emphasis mine)!

BENTONVILLE, Ark. – Nov. 16, 2006 – Just like the millions of Americans who turn to their neighborhood Wal-Mart for their holiday shopping needs, Wal-Mart announced today that former Sen. John Edwards is seeking to be one of the first to get a Sony PlayStation3, one of the most coveted holiday gift items this Christmas season.

Yesterday, a staff person for former Sen. Edwards contacted a Wal-Mart electronics manager in Raleigh, North Carolina to obtain a Sony PlayStation3 on behalf of the Senator's family. Later that night, Sen. Edwards reportedly re-told a homespun story to participants of a United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) union-sponsored call about how his son had chided a fellow student for purchasing shoes at Wal-Mart.

Surely you can't mean this John Edwards, who was "on the campaign trail again, this time against Wal-Mart?"

Nor this John Edwards, pictured at a Wakeup Wal-Mart Rally in Pittsburgh in August:


The picture's blurry, but I'm pretty sure that's him.

"Change Wal-Mart," huh? If Wal-Mart operated the way liberals want it to, it wouldn't be the place to go for millions of Americans for everything from groceries to game consoles. They love the low prices just like John Edwards does, and there's nothing wrong with that. I'm happy to see the former Senator coming around, though I hope he doesn't think he's using his status to jump his fellow Americans in this line. Wal-Mart says "no" to that:

The Company noted the PlayStation3 is an extremely popular item this Christmas season, and while the rest of America's working families are waiting patiently in line, Senator Edwards wants to cut to the front. While, we cannot guarantee that Sen. Edwards will be among one of the first to obtain a PlayStation3, we are certain Sen. Edwards will be able to find great gifts for everyone on his Christmas list – many at Wal-Mart's "roll-back prices."

Somebody better tell Wakeup Wal-Mart before they schedule another Townhall meeting with him.

And, Mr. Edwards, you come back now, ya hear?

Update: Edwards acknowledges the call came from an Edwards volunteer, claims he knew nothing about it.