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bluethruandthru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:33 AM
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Did John Edwards sound particularly twangy last night?
I really like Edwards and right now, he's my top choice, but I was surprised at how pronounced his accent was last night. Several people I've talked to today have mentioned they were put off by how he spoke. They didn't like his use of the word High-Falutin' and they said he sounded too much like a "good ole boy".

Thoughts?
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:36 AM
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1. Playing to the in-house crowd?
Maybe it's a when-in-Rome thing ~ I thought he was more low-key than usual, a little less energetic.
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bluethruandthru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:52 AM
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12. He did seem tired.
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Nia Zuri Donating Member (576 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:36 AM
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2. How 'bout Barracks' black southern drawl?
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bluethruandthru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:57 AM
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15. Keith Olbermann pointed Obama's out.
Saying that after being in South Carolina for two hours, even he was developing a drawl!
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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:37 AM
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3. Maybe he's tired.
When I get tired my old southern accent comes into play.
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AlCzervik Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:50 AM
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10. he looked tired.
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stirlingsliver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:39 AM
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4. So What?
So what if he did?

Why would anyone hold the way he speaks against him?

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bluethruandthru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:55 AM
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14. Some told me they were just
tired of hearing anyone who sounded like Bush. I thought that was interesting coming from someone I thought was a republican.

I pointed out that Edwards accent is real...Bush's is phony.
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Virginia Dare Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:40 AM
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5. Are your friends, by chance, yankees?...
and more importantly, what did they think of his hair?
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:41 AM
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6. Lol
He did look pretty spiffy! :)
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Rosemary2205 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:42 AM
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7. I talk different when I go home too.
I've worked hard to upgrade my language but whenever I go home I seem to just revert back to what's easy and familiar.
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:47 AM
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8. I have a yankee mom and a rebel dad.
Even as a kid my accent shifted into home-turf mode when visiting grandparents and other relatives in the north or south. Just came naturally, along with the mashed potatoes and grits!
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JerseygirlCT Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:48 AM
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9. When I worked with a few women from the Carolinas, it didn't
take this northeasterner very long at all to develop a bit of a drawl. It's quite contagious, actually.

So I imagine his gets stronger when he's back at home.
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:50 AM
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11. He has always had a fairly pronounced southern accent. He sounded no different
this is a stupid criticism. God, I dread the next 18 months.
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Marie26 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:54 AM
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13. He looked really tired,
almost depressed. Very different from his usual self. I didn't see much of the debate, though, so maybe he got more energetic later on.
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:59 AM
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16. Yeah...
I hate to say it, but maybe it's too much for him to be doing this when his wife is so sick. He may be emotionally drained.
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Marie26 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 12:00 PM
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19. That was my impression too. nt
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Beaverhausen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 05:51 PM
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28. Except she isn't 'so sick' - her treatment this time isn't Chemotherapy
so it doesn't have the debilitating effects. She was there yesterday and looked good.
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bluethruandthru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 11:59 AM
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17. No, not much
however, I thought he made great points and seemed quite presidential.
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Marie26 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 12:03 PM
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21. That's good
I'm probably going to vote for Edwards, & he did make good points. But it seemed like his wife's cancer is taking an emotional toll on him. He just didn't have that same big smile & energy; it's kind of sad.
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bluethruandthru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 12:08 PM
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23. Even with all he's going through
he's still such a positive person and I think it showed, even through the 'tiredness' or whatever it was.
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madfloridian Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 12:00 PM
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18. This kind of post annoys the heck out of me...I don't care who it is about.
It is so obvious and so personal. Very annoying. If you are going to criticize do it intelligently and not in a whiny way about a tone of voice.

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bluethruandthru Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 12:06 PM
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22. I'm sorry you're so annoyed.
Edwards is my favorite candidate at this point so I'm particularly tuned in to what my co-workers were saying about him when discussing the debate today. I didn't really think much of the accent last night, but when a couple of people mentioned it as being irritating to them, I took notice.

I was only looking to get the thoughts of other DUers...but I guess that's not allowed.
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Laura PourMeADrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 12:15 PM
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26. I disagree. How a candidate comes across - his/her voice,
looks, demeanor DO matter. They are factors of electability. Of course, his beliefs are prime factors.
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stray cat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 12:01 PM
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20. I revert back to a southern accent when I am with family in the south
If you are from the region the accent bounces back very quickly - within a day or less. If Guiliani develops a southern accent than I will say its political grandstanding. A southerner speaking with a more pronouced southern accent when in the south sounds pretty normal in my experience.
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 12:11 PM
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24. Funny that you bring that up. My boyfriend is always railing about Hillary's voice
but gives Edwards' accent a pass, which is probably because his mother is from North Carolina, so it doesn't bother him.

Edwards has been in the south for the last number of days - I heard him on Ed Schultz the other day, from Chapel Hill. He seemed quite energetic then - maybe he's got a cold or something.

I plan on voting for Edwards at this point, but give me a good New England accent any day! I am really tired of southern accents, too. I know it's a surface thing on which to judge, but I think it's as legit to go after Edwards' drawl as Hillary's Chicago accent.
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Laura PourMeADrink Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 12:12 PM
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25. He should take voice lessons. There are places where they
can tone down a southern accent. It slays me when he says " NAY'toe"

Jimmy has a more aristocratic accent.

I do like Edwards, despite his accent.
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napi21 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 12:22 PM
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27. I too believe it's because he was back home. I'm a damn yankee
from Pittsburgh, Pa. We moved to SC in 1987 and it took memany months to understand many of the local words, but it took the same amount of time for them to understand what I was talking about too! I never thought I had any Pgh. accent, until it was pointed out to me, and I sure never thought I'd ever acquire a shouthern accent. BUT....after 4 years, we visited Pgh. for the first time since moving. Everyone told me "Oh man, you sound like a southerner!"

Sometimes I even hear it in thingsI've said. I can imagine how it must affect someone who lived their entire life in NC!

I don't think it matters much. It's more WHAT he says than how he says it.
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FourScore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Apr-27-07 05:57 PM
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29. When Carter was elected,
during his acceptance speech in Atlanta, he quipped that it will be nice to have a President in office without an accent. The crowd in Atlanta went wild!
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