John Edwards Dropping out of the Presidential Race

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Filed under: * Economics, PoliticsUS Presidential Election 2008

Posted January 30, 2008 at 10:10 am [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Steven in Falls Church wrote:


January 30, 11:43 am | [comment link]
2. libraryjim wrote:

You know, John “I pay $400 for a haircut, and still can relate to the common man on the street” Edwards.

January 30, 11:50 am | [comment link]
3. Virgil in Tacoma wrote:

Drats…now I’m going to have to vote for Hilary.

January 30, 11:54 am | [comment link]
4. libraryjim wrote:

If you do, I’ll have even less respect for you than I already have! wink


January 30, 11:58 am | [comment link]
5. Steven in Falls Church wrote:

#2—OK, I now vaguely recall Edwards serving a Senate term without distinction.  Or maybe I’m thinking of Chic Hecht.

January 30, 12:02 pm | [comment link]
6. Will B wrote:

Don’t worry John.  There’s still a future in inflated malpractice lawsuits….

January 30, 12:31 pm | [comment link]
7. appletree wrote:

You remember John Edwards.  He’s the guy who claims “Trial Lawyers” are not a special interest group.

January 30, 12:44 pm | [comment link]
8. Anglicanum wrote:

And then there were six.

January 30, 12:50 pm | [comment link]
9. azusa wrote:

Hair today, gone tomorrow.

January 30, 1:35 pm | [comment link]
10. Philip Snyder wrote:

“Politicans in the Hands of an Angry Electorate.”

January 30, 4:10 pm | [comment link]
11. Katherine wrote:

Well, at least he’s not still my senator.  What on earth will he do with himself?

January 30, 4:23 pm | [comment link]
12. Chazaq wrote:

Never heard of him, so I looked him up in Wikipedia.  John Edwards is a Welsh rugby union player. A flanker, he currently plays his club rugby for Llanelli Scarlets. He was selected as captain of the Wales national rugby union team (sevens) squad in 2007. Not sure about the haircut.

January 30, 4:36 pm | [comment link]
13. magnolia wrote:

too bad. now we are stuck with obama and hilary which some people will vote just to vote against them. btw, chazaq, i will have to look up the rugby player-i am a newby to the sport but love it!

January 30, 6:20 pm | [comment link]
14. Clueless wrote:

Don’t forget Ron Paul

January 30, 6:30 pm | [comment link]
15. Hakkatan wrote:

Ron Paul is not a member of the Democratic Party, and hence (while interesting) not a concern to those who are selecting a Democratic candidate.

January 30, 7:07 pm | [comment link]
16. Words Matter wrote:

Actually, Ron Paul isn’t much of a concern to those selecting a Republican candidate, either.

January 30, 7:22 pm | [comment link]
17. John Wilkins wrote:

Libraryjim, we shouldn’t expect our politicians to be saints.  He made his money using the legal system properly, before judges and juries, protecting the little guy.  Nothing wrong with that.  It’s a cheap shot.

But I’m glad someone in the race paid attention to the poor and the working man.

January 30, 9:29 pm | [comment link]
18. Alli B wrote:

Using the legal system properly?  Oh, please.  People like him fight tort reform for a reason.  (I’m a court reporter - I know what I’m talking about!)

January 30, 11:43 pm | [comment link]
19. Jeffersonian wrote:

Which of the Two Americas will the Silk Pony being going back to?

January 30, 11:57 pm | [comment link]
20. libraryjim wrote:

It’s not a matter of that. It’s his hypocracy of talking about ‘two Americas’ where he states he is firmly alongside the working man, when it is clear by his lifestyle (how many vacation homes does he have?) that his interests do not lie with the common man. 

His record as a one term senator who spent 3/4 of his time running for President, is not one of standing with the poor and working man.

I’m glad he’s dropped out. But I wish she-who-must-not-be named was not running, either.

January 31, 2:15 pm | [comment link]
21. Wilfred wrote:

Mr Edwards did not use, but rather he abused the legal system to make his millions, turning it into a sort of protection racket.  It’s the antics of people like him that are behind most of the astronomical cost of medical care in the U.S. today. 

Doctors & hospitals know they are going to get sued, so they must have malpractice insurance.  And every time Mr Edwards won another dubious case, the insurance companies duly raised their premiums.  Every time you go the doctor or hospital, you are paying not just for your treatment, but for those judgments Mr Edwards won.  (And also the bills for 2 or 3 illegal immigrants).

January 31, 3:12 pm | [comment link]
22. libraryjim wrote:

Let me amend my post #20, to say “I don’t really like the choices across the board from either party!”  wink

January 31, 3:14 pm | [comment link]
23. Little Cabbage wrote:

20.  libraryjim, please check your spell check, it’s ‘hypocricy’.  I admire Sen. Edwards. Unlike Romney, Clinton or Bush, he was not born into a wealthy family.  His success has been the result of his own hard effort.  And as far as ‘malpractice’ suits being a ‘racket’, Wilfred:  it shows that you (or a loved one) have not been the victim of medical malpractice.  Thank your lucky stars!  It is very real, and only with an excellent attorney (such as Sen. Edwards) will one reach justice under our system.  And the costs for illegal immigrants doesn’t come from the malpractice suits, just to keep your arguments straight.  That’s apples and oranges).

February 1, 12:29 am | [comment link]
24. Wilfred wrote:

#23 Little Cabbage:  This shows that you (or a loved one) have not been the victim of an abusive lawsuit.

There is a notion common among uneducated jurors that any bad outcome must be the fault of somebody.  If the patient died, or was not completely cured, why it must be the doctor’s fault.  Even if it’s not the doctor’s fault, this poor patient obviously needs some money, so lets give it to him, by rendering a judgment in his favor, for millions.  Mr Edwards & similar emotional scam-artists are responsible for a scarcity of obstetricians in large parts of the U.S. 

To serve on one of these juries, potential jurors should be required to pass a test in basic biology and maybe intelligence.  And Mr Edwards should thank God -not his lucky stars-  that any doctors at all are willing to treat his wife.

February 1, 1:32 am | [comment link]
25. libraryjim wrote:

I thought it was impolite to point out spelling errors on blog posts?  I do try to check my spelling, but when typing on one’s break at work, one does get rushed a bit, and ‘keyboarditis’ tends to set in.  (Especially when your office temperature is set at ‘meat locker’, and you don’t have a key to the thermostat!)

Anyway, it doesn’t matter how Edwards got his money (Bill Gates earned every penny of his wealth, too, but is still hated by liberals!  we love Gates in the Library profession, by the way.  We have nine computers we wouldn’t have otherwise if not for his grants).  What matters is his attitude and how he presents himself—his ‘hypocricy’.

Jim E. <><

February 1, 1:50 pm | [comment link]
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