January 22, 2004

An Edwards Weak Spot?

Steve Sailer writes:

Anybody doing opposition research on Edwards should get a video of his appearance on the "Charlie Rose Show" on the night of 9/11/2001. I've never seen a top professional politician make himself look more inane and lightweight at a crucial moment. The debate between author Tom Clancy and Edwards over whether the U.S. needed to do something in response to 9/11 was jawdropping. Clancy: Yes vs. Edwards: Oh, well, maybe, perhaps we should study the situation ...

...The show still exists somewhere on videotape. Edwards' enemies could just put it out on the Web and do him serious damage.

Hmm. I can't find a transcript anywhere, but the Video Monitoring Services of America summary of the show is in the Lexis-Nexis database. Here are all the mentions of Edwards:

Interview - Sen. John Edwards, D-NC, says things changed today in Washington. He says over the course of the day people were very angry. He says something will have to done. He says they are thoughtful of the next step.

[...]

Interview - Sen. John Edwards, says they have not heard from the administration yet. He says he has heard some of the discussion. He says this is the greatest threat we face today in this nation. He says American people should recognize what an enourmous importance this will be.

[...]

Interview - Sen. John Edwards, says there will a demand from Americans to do something.

Nothing particularly damning there, but maybe Sailer remembers something that didn't make the summary. Something to keep an eye out for, in any case.

Incidentally, Wesley Clark was on the same program. His statements, according to the summary, were likewise unremarkable.

Posted by John Tabin at January 22, 2004 07:24 PM
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