In the August 10th New York Post, liberal columnist Kirsten Powers has a piece about John Edwards titled “He Was Always A Fake“.
Here is a quote that summarizes the theme of her article:
But something about Edwards always seemed uniquely phony, even by the standards of politics. Actually, nothing about him seemed authentic.
Who was he? Apparently, whatever he thought people wanted him to be. In 2000, he helped found the “New Democrat Coalition” for the centrist Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) along with Sen. Joe Lieberman and others. Then, for his 2004 presidential run, he staked out the populist “Two Americas” theme. By 2008, he’d completed a total morph into a class warrior who pandered to the farthest reaches of the Democratic Left.
Ms. Powers is stating an obvious truth. What I find bizarre is how Democrats were so unwilling to see or admit this obvious truth until Mr. Edwards made it impossible to deny.
For the better part of a year, Democrats heaped praise on Mr. Edwards (if not votes) for his courageous championing of the cause of the poor. Yet now, they seem to be saying “we knew he was a phony all along.”
Sen. Edwards career is done. There is nothing productive to be gained by criticizing him in retrospect. However, there is a lesson to be learned for the future.
Sen. Obama is currently receiving enthusiastic and uncritical praise from Democrats. In their minds, pointing out that he has less experience than any President of the 20th century, or that he has abandoned every core conviction the moment it becomes politically advantageous, is a “distraction” from …well, how wonderful he is.
Democrats did always know that Sen. Edwards was a phony because it was obvious, but they denied it because they didn’t want it to be true.
Deep down they also know that Sen. Obama is also a phony. They know that he is unqualified and they know that he will say anything to get elected. They know this because it too is obvious. But like Sen. Edwards, they deny it to us and to themselves because they don’t want it to be true.
At some point Sen. Obama’s vacuousness and absence of convictions and will become too obvious to deny. And when that day comes, I expect we will see articles from Democrats saying what Ms. Powers said today.
We knew it all along.