Raw Story has posted a link to a myway story reporting that former Edwards adviser, and veteran democratic party functionary, Bob Shrum is wringing his hands over “advising Edwards to give President Bush the authority to go to war in Iraq. He said if Edwards had followed his instincts instead of the advice of political professionals, he would have been a stronger presidential candidate in 2004.”
On the other hand, current Edwards spokesman David Ginsberg counters that “John Edwards cast his vote based on the advice of national security advisers and the intelligence he was given, not political advisers. He got political advice on both sides of the argument, and made his own decision based on what he thought was right, not political calculation.”
If Shrum’s story is true then Edwards is the phony, calculating politician I believe him to be.
If Ginsberg is correct then Edwards is a nitwit. Edwards, at the time of the vote authorizing the Iraqi adventure, was a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, the ranking member of which was then Florida Senator Bob Graham. Graham recognized that the Bush administration was cooking intelligence and voted against authorizing Bush’s war.
If Graham knew, then why didn’t Edwards – or Biden, or Clinton, or etc.? Al Gore knew, and he wasn’t even a Senator.