The Edwards Effect

Mr. Edwards, far more than is usual in modern politics, ran a campaign based on ideas. And even as his personal quest for the White House faltered, his ideas triumphed: both candidates left standing are, to a large extent, running on the platform Mr. Edwards built. Full Story »

Posted by Chris Finnie
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Subjects: U.S., Politics
Topics: Presidential Election 2008, U.S. White House, Democrats, Democratic Nomination, John Edwards
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Posted by: Posted by Chris Finnie - Feb 1, 2008 - 7:43 AM PST
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Edited by: Kaizar Campwala - Feb 1, 2008 - 9:15 AM PST

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Chris Finnie
4.1
by Chris Finnie - Oct. 1, 2008

First, a disclaimer, I love Krugman's writing. Even when I disagree with him, the man does have a way with words. But, here, I think he's hit the nail on the head. Because of the his Senate record and the '04 campaign, I was reluctant to trust Edwards. But I did finally and alas too late. One of the reasons I did was exactly the effect Krugman describes. For this reason, I truly respect all the candidates who spent their time and money to get important ideas into public view. In today's media market, it's one of the few ways to do it. And, even then, many--like Edwards--are marginalized by the media. As Bill Clinton says of the media, "Shame on you."

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Kaizar Campwala
3.1
by Kaizar Campwala - Oct. 1, 2008

Krugman has been lobby for Edwards in his NYTimes column for a while now. I found his argument problematic in that one doesn't know if the shifts on global warming and health care among Democratic candidates were causal or correlative.

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Jim Lang
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by Jim Lang - Oct. 1, 2008

Interesting opinion piece that lacks sources but is not completely ideological.

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James Jackson
4.2
by James Jackson - Oct. 1, 2008

Whoa, we almost had an issues campaign. Edwards had issues, the Republicans have issues. Triangulation has saved us again. First we triangulate Edwards, and now we triangulate the Republican. No need for substance here.

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Kevin Doyle Jones
4.0
by Kevin Doyle Jones - Oct. 1, 2008

Edwards was the only candidate to use the word "poverty" in his stump speech. I hope Krugman is correct in his prediction that his ideas will continue to live on in the debate.

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David Dresser
4.9
by David Dresser - Oct. 1, 2008

Krugman is excellent at pulling out the real value of various moves made by politicians. Edwards may not have gotten Edwards nominated but he has put a stamp on the process.

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Francis Scalzi
4.9
by Francis Scalzi - Oct. 1, 2008

However sanguine Prof. Krugman's assessment of the "Edward's Effect" may seem, it appears likely, at present, given some of the proposals offered by Obama and Clinton, and their attachment to lobbyists in Washington and across the nation, Edwards' hard-hitting anti-corporate and health care platform measures will affect the Dem ticket only if he is able to wield sufficient influence at the Dem Convention, is included on the Dem ticket as a truly active V.P., or is appointed to a major role in the a new Dem administration. Otherwise, he will be set aside to pursue his own fortunes.

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