Thursday :: Apr 10, 2008

Elizabeth Edwards to Dean, Pelosi, Brazile: I Don't Know What You're Talking About

by eriposte

She didn't say that literally of course, but the message here is loud and clear. Another reason to admire Elizabeth Edwards (via Anglachel):

In an interview with "Good Morning America's" Robin Roberts, airing Wednesday, Edwards who recently began work as a senior fellow at the liberal think tank, the Center for American Progress said she believed Clinton's health care plan was more inclusive than that of the Illinois senator.

"You need that universality in order to get the cost savings ... I just have more confidence in Sen. Clinton's policy than Sen. Obama's on this particular issue," she said.

Edwards, a vocal part of her husband's campaign, has been largely quiet since the former senator dropped out of the race three months ago. She stepped back into the fray, however, last weekend with an attack on Sen. John McCain's health care plan. She argued that neither she, who has breast cancer, nor McCain, R-Ariz., who had skin cancer in the past, could obtain health insurance under his health care proposal.


As to how the contentious Democratic nomination will end, Edwards said she thought letting the race end at the convention was a good idea.

"I don't actually think it's a bad idea to have an open convention, where we actually got to hash out what the differences [between the candidates] were and how important they are," she said.

Edwards said she liked the idea of Clinton and Obama running together on a so-called dream ticket, and discounted the idea of her husband, John, accepting a place as either candidate's running mate.

"[Clinton and Obama] are the two strongest Democrats running. It's hard not to believe that together they are stronger than they would be apart."

Will the usual suspects go after her now?

This is really masterful work by Elizabeth Edwards. Without endorsing either Sen. Clinton or Sen. Obama, she makes it clear that not only doesn't she buy the trite and wrong conventional wisdom of the corporate media and their appendages in the Obama campaign and blogosphere, she is also not yet convinced that The Chosen OneTM is really the best of the two Democratic candidates for President despite The MathTM. Good for her.

There's this as well:

I'm doing great. I still have cancer in my bone. I get tested periodically. But it's under control. It doesn't seem to be growing, knock on wood. And I'm continuing taking some sort of treatment for the rest of my life, and hope that medicine catches up with my disease

I hope she continues to get better and wish her the best.

UPDATE: I'm beginning to think that there may be a little bit more to John Heileman's earlier article in New York Magazine than I originally thought. I had been inclined to dismiss it as something unsubstantiated given its usual recycling of gossip and tired CW, but given what Elizabeth Edwards said, I'm starting to reconsider this passage:

But now two months have passed since Edwards dropped out—tempus fugit!—and still no endorsement. Why? According to a Democratic strategist unaligned with any campaign but with knowledge of the situation gleaned from all three camps, the answer is simple: Obama blew it. Speaking to Edwards on the day he exited the race, Obama came across as glib and aloof. His response to Edwards’s imprecations that he make poverty a central part of his agenda was shallow, perfunctory, pat. Clinton, by contrast, engaged Edwards in a lengthy policy discussion. Her affect was solicitous and respectful. When Clinton met Edwards face-to-face in North Carolina ten days later, her approach continued to impress; she even made headway with Elizabeth. Whereas in his Edwards sit-down, Obama dug himself in deeper, getting into a fight with Elizabeth about health care, insisting that his plan is universal (a position she considers a crock), high-handedly criticizing Clinton’s plan (and by extension Edwards’s) for its insurance mandate


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