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unc70 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jan-15-10 03:19 PM
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12. Attacks on EE credibility, too. HCR and poverty.
I posted over in the JRE group that the recent NY Mag article from the book by H & H seemed particularly a hit job on EE, with the JRE part containing little new except a description of his initial meeting with Hunter. (That description seems more believable to me than alternate versions, including the two attributed to Hunter.)

I argued that the article, beginning in its second sentence, sets the tone by describing as a mirage the image of EE as the virtuous wife/women (alluding to Jonathan Edwards and the proper role for a wife) who could remain blameless. H & H even suggest that her behavior contributed to his straying.

The argument they were making was that JRE and EE were motivated by gaining power, saving the marriage, confronting illness and death, ego trips, a need to torture staff members, or almost anything other than that either might actually be motivated by or care about the issues related to poverty or healthcare. In spite of some really stupid behavior by JRE, I believe that their commitment to these issues was and remains real.

Why? Because I was a year ahead of EE at UNC Chapel Hill, a couple of years behind Wellstone, and we all share much the same experiences and goals. (Dean's brother was here, too.) One rarely sees University President Emeritus Bill Friday without him asking "What are we going to do about poverty?"

They, DK, and Howard Dean were among the few speaking from populist/progressive positions on these issues. I never expected that Edwards would win the nomination, particularly after I realized the money, MSM, and powerful interests behind Obama, but I had hoped that he and Elizabeth would have remained as effective advocates. Once the scandal about Hunter became public and I learned how many people had set on the story until Edwards was no longer needed to prevent HRC winning Iowa, then I saw little chance of they would be allowed any ongoing role.

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