Edwards Not Ready For Prime Time

After watching the Cheney - Edwards debate, I now understand why Edwards only won one primary battle. The Democratic primary voters rejected Edwards, time and time again, because Edwards is simply not yet ready to be president.

The contrast between Cheney and Edwards could not have been more dramatic. Cheney was calm cool and collected. Edwards on the other hand was nervous and hyper. He couldn't even explain why he was qualified to be Vice President. In a long winded and rambling response to this question:

Ten men and women have been nominees of their parties since 1976 to be Vice President. Out of those 10, you have the least governmental experience of any of them. What qualifies you to be a heartbeat away?

The only substantive thing Edwards said was:

During the time that I have served in the -- on the Intelligence Committee in the Senate, traveling to some of the places we've talked about tonight -- Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Middle East, Turkey, meeting with leaders of NATO -- I have a very clear idea of what has to be done to keep this country safe.

Last January, hours before the Iowa caucuses, Kerry attacked Edwards' lack of experience. This is how the New York Times reported it:

Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, after asserting that he had been ''very careful not to do too many comparisons against other candidates,'' proceeded to tell voters in Newton on Sunday evening that Mr. Edwards, the youthful one-term senator from North Carolina, could not survive a campaign based on national security issues this fall, should he win the nomination.

''In the Senate four years -- and that is the full extent of public life -- no international experience, no military experience, you can imagine what the advertising is going to be next year,'' Mr. Kerry said. With a grin, he added: ''When I came back from Vietnam in 1969 I don't know if John Edwards was out of diapers then. Well, I'm sure he was out of diapers.''

[Adam Nagourney and Jim Rutenberg, “With Hopes Up And Elbows Out, Democrats Give Iowa Their All,” The New York Times, 1/19/04. The article is available from the Times' archives for a fee.]

Kerry was correct in his assessment of Edwards' lack of qualifications to be president. This fact was made perfectly clear during last night's debate.

The qualifications of the person Kerry selected to be vice president is one issue on which Kerry should not have flipped flopped. That Kerry would select Edwards to be vice president after acknowledging Edwards' lack of qualifications says all we need to know about Kerry's lack of judgement.

Posted by Dan Spencer at October 6, 2004 1:09 PM