He's a White male.
Fast forward to now. You have the Esquire Magazine cover with Edwards, talking about if this country is ready to elect a White Male?
Then, we have Elizabeth Edwards' comments:
—“We can’t make John black, we can’t make him a woman,” said Edwards, referring to Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and New York Sen. Hillary Clinton during an interview with Ziff Davis Media about the Internet’s role in the 2008 presidential election. “Those things get you a certain amount of fundraising dollars.”
Now, pardon me, but MAYBE Clinton and Obama EXCITE folks and get them to give their money. I find no charm in Hillary Clinton, but maybe there are those who do. I have, though, been in several crowds for speeches by Barack Obama, going back to when he was running for the Senate. Whatever ' IT' is, he has it. I've gone routinely where I'd be the only speck of pepper in a sea of salt, and I've seen it - the Obama Effect. I can't explain it, but some folks have 'IT' and others don't.
You shouldn't be hating on Obama because he has 'IT'. Because he stepped into the void that Edwards believed he had staked out for himself in 2008.
And, I have to ask, with all this gnashing of the teeth by the Edwards campaign:
WHEN HASN'T THIS COUNTRY ELECTED A WHITE MALE AS PRESIDENT?
You'd think, reading the Esquire cover, that the last Four Presidents have been Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Bill Richardson with Condoleeza Rice in there for good measure.
Let's break the White Boys Club on the Presidency for more than four years, before White Men begin to whine about something ' being taken away from THEM'.
I've believed from the beginning that the reason Edwards is being 'kept around' is so that, if the voters just can't bring themselves to 'vote for history', they won't look absolutely absurd in voting for the Closest White Male they could find. They will try to say with a straight face: ' We've been thinking about John Edwards all along'.
The underlying and smoldering sense of entitlement that reeks from both the Esquire cover and Mrs. Edwards' comments just leave a bad taste.