This quote from John Edwards illustrates the need for all of us to look past the obvious in choosing a candidate. Too many activists appear to already be making choices without carefully examining the Authenticity, Character, Experience and ability to Govern of all the candidates. [When have you heard the issue of Goverance discussed?] This is especially important with the idiotic front loaded Primary system in play this year.
John Edwards, for example, has taken a few hits in the last few days beause of his personal wealth. This is an illustration that if you don’t think about the ‘consequence of the consequence‘ you can miss the substance of a situation.
The ‘consequence‘ of his career was wealth. The ‘consequence of the consequence‘ is that he has the stage and ability to speak out for those that haven’t achieved his level of abundance. Anyone who took a shot at him because of his wealth never examined the consequence of his success. He says it differently:
“Would it have been better if I had done well and didn’t care?”
— John Edwards, quoted by the AP, on why it’s wrong to say his wealth makes him less credible as an advocate for the poor.
Almost any Democrat that gets the nomination will have the full weight of the Party behind him/her. I don’t worry about the General Election. I worry about the idiotic nomination process that has been put into play this year. It’s my belief that good people, good experience and good policy initiatives are being lost in the process. We would all do well to wait a bit before rolling the dice with one of the obvious players and given some of the ‘not obvious’ players a fair hearing.