For the most part, I like John Edwards. I don’t happen to think he’s the Real Deal, but I don’t mind him. From what I know of him, his record, there is little in his record to object to, and he seems like the kind of guy who can press flesh with the best of them. He might be an okay candidate.
But for the KIAV Litmus Test.
Wherein: We do not support any candidate who voted in favor of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002.
This test comes not as some peacenik nuttiness, although these days, as it happens, there is truly very little that is nutty about being a peacenik. No, the litmus test stands for a most practical reason: John Kerry. Kerry also voted in favor of the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. And it’s my belief that Kerry failed to gain an unimpeachable margin in 2004 because his position in Iraq was so very difficult to explain because he, well, you know. Was before it before he was against it. I want a Democratic candidate who agrees with me today that The War Is Stupid and had the foresight to realize that The War Was Stupid in 2002, too, and the ballz to vote up against it. That’s what I want, and why so far you see one declared candidate and one nondeclared candidate hanging up on the wall over there, and why you won’t see Mrs. Clinton nor Mr. Kerry nor Mr. Edwards, who announced his candidacy today, hanging there anytime soon. We need to run someone who has shown true leadership on this issue, and I’m afraid that Edwards was one of those who got in line and said “Me too, Mr. President! Me, too! Me, too!” and forgot to ask any questions. We need more.