John Kerry wisely opts for a charisma injection…
WASHINGTON (AP) – Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry selected former rival John Edwards to be his running mate, telling supporters Tuesday he couldn’t wait to see the freshman North Carolina senator going “toe-to-toe with Dick Cheney.”
“In the next 120 days and in the administration that follows, John Edwards and I will be fighting for the America we love,” Kerry said in an e-mail to supporters obtained by The Associated Press. “We’ll be fighting to give the middle class a voice by providing good paying jobs and affordable health care. We’ll be fighting to make America energy independent. We’ll be fighting to build a strong military and lead strong alliances, so young Americans are never put in harm’s way because we insisted on going it alone.”
By selecting Edwards, Kerry went with the smooth-talking Southern populist over more seasoned politicians in hopes of injecting vigor and small-town appeal to the Democratic presidential ticket.I almost believed that Kerry was going to pick Dick Gephardt, which would have been a monumental mistake. As Gephardt’s previous runs for the nomination have indicated he would have sucked the life right out of the Kerry campaign.
I’m struck by the following comparison with Dan Quayle (paraphrased from a comment at Free Republic):
Dan Quayle was an attorney, the associate publisher of a small newspaper (daddy’s paper, admittedly), served in the Indiana National Guard, was elected to two terms in the U.S. House, and was in his second term in the Senate when Bush the Elder tapped him as a running mate in 1988. The choice was roundly criticized (by Democrats and Republicans) due to Quayle’s lack of experience.
John Edwards was a “textile mill worker” (daddy’s mill), a personal injury attorney; his bio shows no record of military service. His political career to date consists of one election to the Senate over a weak candidate; and his service in the Senate has gone almost unnoticed. For some reason he is widely viewed as an exciting and well-qualified VP choice.