Jasper Smith

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I’m a tad late to this controversy. It seems John Edwards’s taste in new homes has got a lot of folks talking.

“It’s one thing to be a millionaire, but it’s totally tone-deaf to be using Katrina victims while you’re putting the finishing touches on your multimillion-dollar mansion,” said one Democratic operative.

Tone deaf. That’s a good way to put it. Thing is, there’s no question that John Edwards — a highly successful professional — has a right to enjoy the fruits of his labor in the form of a beautiful home. Moreover, his choice of abode shouldn’t have any bearing on his “standing” to speak for this or that group, or to take any position he damn well pleases.

On the other hand, it’s hard to believe that it didn’t occur to Mr. Edwards, or at least to some of his campaign people, that building the baddest ass house in the whole freakin county was bound to set him up for some criticism (however simplistic and unwarranted such criticism may be). Why give your political rivals such an easy target? He went ahead and decided to build it anyway. And that makes me suspect Edwards doesn’t want the White House badly enough. I mean, how much of a sacrifice could refraining from building a Taj Mahal (as Iowa rapidly approaches) possibly be? It’s not like he’d have to live in a log cabin or something.

I think his foregoing this relatively modest sacrifice is a bad sign for Edwards fans.


Written by Jasper

January 31, 2007 at 10:48 am

Posted in Election 08, Politics

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