It’s official: Kerry/Edwards 2004!

Wednesday, July 7th, 2004 @ 1:04 am | Current Events

As you already know by now, John Kerry has picked North Carolina senator John Edwards as his running mate for president. I, for one, am quite pleased, and feel that Kerry made the right choice. Just about everyone knows who Edwards is by now; He came second in the primaries, he’s a charismatic populist, and a great campaigner. Plus, he’s got a good shot at attracting the rural, Southern, blue collar voters that are still on the fence.

Talking heads have been pontificating on exactly why Edwards was chosen, and the effect he will have on the campaign. Slate’s William Saletan sums it up best in the first two paragraphs of this article:

‘Think about this for a minute: He left college, and he volunteered three different ways. First he volunteered for military service. Then he volunteered to serve in Vietnam. And then he volunteered for some of the most dangerous, hazardous duty you could possibly have in Vietnam. As a result, he was wounded multiple times. He won a whole series of medals while he was there. And now?this is an amazing thing?a vice president of the United States who avoided service four, five, six times?I’ve lost count?[and] a president of the United States who can’t account for a year of his national guard service are attacking John Kerry for the medals he won in Vietnam? You have got to be kidding me.’

That’s John Edwards talking about John Kerry at a Florida Democratic Party fund-raiser three weeks ago. This is why Kerry had to pick Edwards: Kerry sounds so much more attractive when Edwards is doing the talking.”

To put it bluntly, for those of you who are anti-Bush but were less than enthusiastic about Kerry, Edwards promises to alleviate some of the douchebaggery of Kerry’s campaign.

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