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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Edwards' "one America"

Did Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards think the media wouldn't check it out? His home, or rather his estate, in Orange County, N.C.? He's the candidate railing against "two Americas'' - one for the wealthy and one for the poor. He's the guy who launched his presidential bid from the back yard of a New Orleans woman who lost her home to Hurricane Katrina. The hypocrisy is hard to defend.

Edwards' property is 102 acres marked by no-trespassing signs, according to an Associated Press report. The home is 28,000 square feet with five bedrooms and six-and-a-half baths. A covered walkway connects it to "The Barn,'' complete with an indoor pool, basketball and handball courts, and a living area. Plus, the family has cleared land for a soccer field. If you want to buy it from Edwards, better bring at least $5.4 million, with the house valued at $4.3 million and the land at $1.1 million.

A man is entitled to live in a castle, assuming he can afford it. Edwards, a fabulously successful lawyer, obviously can afford it. But when he's on the stump talking about bridging the gap between the nation's rich and poor, he has some explaining to do. We know where he lives now.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Edwards made that money filing class-action lawsuits. The next time you go into Home Depot to buy a ladder, know that you are paying twice as much as you should because some shyster like Edwards convinced some redneck jury that there should have been a warning label on the ladder that said: DON'T USE THIS PRODUCT TO STRING UP CHRISTMAS LIGHTS ON YOUR HOUSE IF YOU ARE DRUNK OFF YOUR ASS.

8:08 AM, February 09, 2007  
Blogger margaret said...

I guess one can be rich and still speak for the little guy...and actually mean what you say...and actually follow through. Katherine Drexel comes to mind...oh yeah - she's a saint, not a politician. Well anyway, here's hoping.

9:12 AM, February 09, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you, Margaret, for mentioning St. Katherine Drexel. Just before visiting this blog site, I was on a blog site run by a priest. He had a quote on there from Archbishop Chaput of Denver that I imagine St. Katherine Drexel would like. It is "If we forget the poor, we go to hell."

Father Martin's Blog

5:13 PM, February 12, 2007  
Anonymous ericthered said...

What's sad (but not surprising) is that, besides Mr. Benjamin, few others in the media find Edwards' behavior remotely offensive, let alone newsworthy

2:05 PM, February 13, 2007  
Blogger Ray said...

There's nothing offensive about earning a living and buying the house of your dreams. There's also nothing offensive about fighting for the down-trodden. I don't think there's any conflict here at all. Since when does fighting for the down-trodden mean you have to live in cardboard box in order to be consistent and fair? Conversely, since when does buying an expensive house mean you're not qualified to fight for the less fortunate?

2:15 AM, February 14, 2007  

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