Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Bring. It. On.

There's a new group of shit-slingers for Bush ready to do Rove's dirty work:
Before entering the Senate in 1999, Mr. Edwards made millions in North Carolina as a plaintiff's lawyer, and the legal community provided more than a quarter of the money for his own presidential campaign. He has long succeeded in deflecting criticism of his career, arguing that he represented ordinary people who had been mistreated by big companies and insurance interests.

So far, so good.
Now that he is Senator John Kerry's running mate, though, he has become a target for business leaders who want to see trial lawyers constrained.

And a lying, chickenhawk President elected.
"Once again, the Bush-Cheney campaign is turning to front groups to do its dirty work," said Kim Rubey, a spokeswoman for Mr. Edwards at the Kerry-Edwards camp. "But once again, the American people will see through their baseless, negative attacks. Senator Edwards is very proud of his record of standing up for children and families who didn't have a voice, and he will continue to fight for children and families all over the country."

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Of course, Team Bush is denying any involvement with the November Fund. Noooooooo. As always, don't mind the men behind the curtain: November Fund "co-chairmen are Craig L. Fuller, who was an aide to President Ronald Reagan and chief of staff to his vice president, George H. W. Bush, and Bill Brock, former senator, labor secretary and Republican national chairman."

Guest Blogging at The Washington Monthly, Amy Sullivan reminds us of that publication's own Josh Green, and his essay "that Edwards' background as a trial lawyer would not be the liability that salivating Republicans hoped it would."
Edwards is uniquely situated to refute Bush's attacks on trial lawyers and tort reform because he's the living embodiment of how a trial lawyer can serve a regulatory function in the face of misbehaving corporations, cities, and professionals. Indeed, attacking him is one of the surest ways for Bush to inadvertently highlight his own greatest vulnerability: the perception among voters that he's a shill for corporate America. As Carlton Carl, the trial lawyers association spokesman, is quick to point out, "People hate insurance companies more than they hate lawyers." By reprising the '98 Senate race at the national level, Republicans play to Edwards' greatest strength.

YT can't wait for the Veep debates!


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