Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The Hair?

"My early impressions of Edwards faded to disillusion as his colleagues and friends described him as oddly incurious, adverse to homework,often unprepared."

Richard Cohen, "Too Quick to Fall for a Smile," The Washington Post, January 26, 2010

I'd like to argue that his hair revealed the man, but then I would have to include Clinton, Kerry, Romney in the same boat. This description of John Edwards, including comments that he didn't like to read, doesn't jive, for me, with his success as a trial lawyer. Maybe I'm naive about what it takes to win legal battles. Maybe its all in the cases, venues,assistants, negotiations,and speeches. The smile and hair were the closers.

Closer to home, I wonder how the University of North Carolina hired Edward to run its new poverty center for a few years -- or was it just a matter of money and favorite-son local politics. And how did the Half-in-Ten campaign choose him to be the spokesperson for their poverty reduction campaign. We probably need to admit that we didn't probe to deeply because a seemingly major political figure and ostensibly serious person was championing our issues.

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