Bush Implies Edwards Isn't Up To Being President
Mr. Bush has his anti-Edwards talking points down pretty well already. After the White House said yesterday that the president wanted to stay above the fray, Mr. Bush dispensed with that today in a North Carolina appearance when he was asked to comment on the differences between Mr. Edwards and Mr. Cheney:
When a questioner in Raleigh noted that Mr. Edwards had been described as charming and a "nimble campaigner" and asked Mr. Bush to compare the one-term senator to Vice President Dick Cheney, Mr. Bush snapped back: "Dick Cheney can be president. Next?"
Really? Is that the image the GOP wants to put in voters’ minds, one of a President Cheney as compared to a President Edwards? Then I say go for it Mr. Bush. We’ll see how many swing voters would be comfortable with that vision.
Coming from a man who was in over his head as a failing president on September 10, 2001 after six overrated years as governor in a weak-governor state, whose idea of foreign policy was watching Spanish language channels at home, Mr. Bush's comments on Edwards' readiness to be president if necessary are hypocritically laughable. But as E. J. Dionne noted today in the Post, if Kerry had picked Gephardt, the White House line would have been that Kerry was too insecure to pick someone like Edwards. So any moronic drivel from Bush and Rove about Edwards' qualifications, after seeing Bush's dad select Dan Quayle and seeing the overrated and experience-challenged Bush himself be selected into office must be taken with a grain of salt.