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On Friday I flew from Boston to Des Moines to vlog an Edwards speech in Waukee, Iowa. I'm quickly getting addicted to the thrill of citizen journalism. Edwards is known for his domestic policy orientation, but on this Friday night Edwards chose to focus his remarks on America's role in the world.

Edwards is clearly talking about how his anti-poverty crusade, based on a new sense of American patriotism and moral values, are an essential ingredient to our foreign policy. His thinking on American leadership in the world is inextricably linked to his strong belief in community, patriotism and morality that we need to demonstrate through our actions here at home and abroad.

Follow me below the fold for the video of Edwards and the interviews I did on a warm and breezy Friday night in a small Iowa town when all of us in the school gym were thinking about the world outside, far outside.

He didn't have time to tell us a cute story about Jack and Emma or update us on Cate. He did say that Elizabeth is fine, but it was right down to business as he stood next to and not behind the podium. He needed to get closer to the audience to do what he planned to do in Waukee. He planned to paint us a picture of where we are and where we need to be as a great country that is capable of doing great things, which is what this crazy ongoing experiment that is called America is about to me.

Edwards in Waukee - Part1.

He starts his remarks by saying: "I'd like to take a few minutes to talk to you about what has been happening in the world today and particularly what all of us have been seeing on our televisions screens the last few days."

He mentions:

  • The ongoing conflict between Hezbollah and Israel
  • The ongoing war in Iraq, "which is an extraordinary mess, something that I think we have a responsibility to do something about"
  • He apologizes for his vote on IWR and says that: "I have said since and I stand by this, that my vote was a mistake and I take responsibility for that. I think it's important for us to tell the truth about those of us who have supported this war and now believe it was a mistake. I thought sometime ago that it was a mistake."
  • Iran, their president and their nuclear ambitions

But if you look at the way this administration and America for that matter has been reacting to this situation because that's really what it is `reacting'. You don't see any long-term view about what America needs to be doing.

I've spent a lot of time traveling around the world the last couple of years... The one thing that's clear to me is the world does not see you. They don't see your character. They don't see what you're made of. They don't see what you care about or what your priorities are.

Here's what they see: they see America expanding America's use of its military. They see, what they perceive to be, America trying to expand its influence in the world. What they don't see is they don't see `our better angels.'

They don't see that we are willing to engage in issues that are outside our own self-interest. They don't see that we care about the huge moral issues that face the planet. And there are so many chances for us to do something about this.

Where is America? Where is America in leadership? We are dragged kicking and screaming to doing anything."

I might add except war.

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In this part of his remarks Edwards discusses:

  • Global poverty, "half our planet lives on 2 dollars a day or less - 3 billion people."
  • Darfur, "Not on our watch? It's happening right now, right in front of us - Genocide."
  • The preventable tragedies of AIDS, "tonight there will be a child born, more than one, in Africa because their mother has AIDS and they can't afford a four dollar dose of medicine."
  • Human rights abuses in Russia and China

So JRE clearly believes that we can win over hearts-and-minds throughout the world and regain our leadership role by being a genuine global force for good by demonstrating real concern for poverty, genocide, AIDS, human rights and diplomacy for peace. It's a concern that we already have, a concern that can be our greatest asset in the way that America is viewed by the world.

Then he really goes in for the kill with these committed Iowan Democrats continuing the theme that this is not merely a partisan battle, but a struggle and a conversation that we all must have so that this country can reach the other side, the right side of this discussion. We need to get right in this country and we need to have a conversation beyond talking points and meaningless focused-grouped phrases.

I love the Democratic Party, but I want you to know something. I love my country more and there is so much more than our party at stake.

If you think about this for a minute, there are really only two major parties in America and we've seen what one party will do over the last six years. We've alienated and driven away the rest of the world. They have absolutely no idea what we're made of and what we care about.

We have to be the savior. Our party has to be the leader and we have to bring America to the right place...

So when you're out there working in these elections ... I want you to think beyond the Democratic Party because literally the future of America and the world is at stake here."

Edwards in Waukee - Part 2

Edwards begins to discuss the domestic situation at home focusing on poverty and Katrina.

When I was growing up America was this great model for the rest of the world. This was before Abu Grhaib. This was before Guantanamo. This was before the war in Iraq...

Well [the world] doesn't just look at what we do around the world they also look at what we do here at home. Those images that came on to our televisions screens out of New Orleans? We're not the only ones that saw them. The whole world saw them.

What they want to know from us is: Will the richest most powerful nation on the face of the planet actually turn it's back of 37 million of its own people who wake up everyday worrying about feeding and clothing their children?

One thing that our people understand that politicians just don't seem to get is what we do for the victims of the hurricane, for that matter what we do for millions of Americans that live in poverty everyday, it's not about them. We don't do it for them. We do it for us.

Again the link between doing the morally right thing and improving our standing in the world is just so obvious and persuasive.

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Then Edwards starts in on our dependence on foreign oil and he said some startling things here, some things that made the trip worth it to me personally. He doesn't just plug ethanol because he's standing in the middle of a state with more corn than folks on the coasts can possibly imagine. He says this instead:

We should be the party that leads an Apollo Project that takes America away from its dependence on oil from the Middle East. We have to change where we are today. We have to, but I want to say something about this and this applies across the boards to what I'm talking about. We've got plenty of politicians in America and what we need are leaders. And we need leaders who will tell us the truth...

Do we need to invest in clean alternatives sources of energy? Of course we do... But it is not the truth to tell the country that we are going to solve our dependence on oil just by [innovation].

We need to ask America for a new kind of patriotism, patriotism about something more than war.

We need to say to the country, `It is important for your country for you to be willing to conserve. It is important for your country for you to be willing to sacrifice.' ...

We cannot drive vehicles that get 12 miles to the gallon and think that we're going to solve this problem. It will never happen."

The screen shot for this section of the diary may look a little scary, but I chose this one because he is saying, "It will never happen" at that point in the tape. He really puts a little body English on that line, great one Senator!

On civil liberties and security? "We, the Democratic Party, we will keep America safe. We will keep America strong economically and militarily, but we should never doubt that our liberties are most in jeopardy at times like this - every single day. We cannot give up what we are and who we are in the name of a war."


Edwards in Waukee - Part 3

Image Hosted by ImageShack.usIn this clip Edwards starts by telling us about how Bobby Kennedy inspired him so much as a kid when he traveled Appalachia and showed our nation "The Other America". Then he gets more wonkey and details his proposals for ending poverty in this country, because he doesn't talk about addressing the issue anymore. He doesn't talk about alleviating poverty anymore.

He talks about ending it in this country. Ending Poverty in America.

All in all it was a masterful presentation. It was thematic yet very persuasive and I personally needed to hear it in a profound way after traveling like a scared, temporarily barefoot sardine packed into a tin can of an airplane taking off from an airport in a major American city with the shadow of terrorism right out in the light of day for all of us to read and blatantly ignore on our fellow Americans' faces. The worst part of the whole thing was that I had to check a bag with all my "girl stuff" in it. I really hate checking a bag.

And now to the interviews, they're a little hokey, but gold. I even "interrogate" a soon to be fourth grader named Austin in the last clip.

Waukee Interviews Part 1

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Jim

Jim was a Dean supporter in 2004, his wife, who chose to not talk on camera was a Kucinich person. She went and caucused for Edwards after DK failed threshold in her precinct.

Jim would like to see more coverage, excuse me some coverage, of the mockery that is George Bush and the signing statements that he regularly engages in. That's where the President signs a bill containing the statement, "Disregard this bill." The ABA has been following this story and are urging Congress to act.
Boston Globe: ABA urges halt to signing statements.



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Ben

Thanks for the interview, you were very articulate and I love your turn of a phrase. I too am sick of all the... well you know what I'm sick of.

Ben seemed like a real stand up kid and his good friend is running for State Rep. I am so sorry I didn't get his name or website. I hope we see you round the OAC blog, Ben, there are a lot of Iowans there.

Ben touched on the work that Edwards has been doing with Jack Kemp as co-chair of the Special Task on Russia for the Council on Foreign Relations.



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Anita

I agree, inspirational and awesome. I truly want to live in a country with this kind of leadership. As we spoke before the remarks off camera, I told you that I'm so sick of it all and that Edwards has really touched a nerve with me. I've always been a political junkie but I lacked real passion and dedication. I never did anything except give and occasionally volunteer. That's end with me here.

I would also like to say that maybe you don't where to start on the discussion of Iraq because we can't have an honest discussion without name calling and partisan hackery that makes a mockery of something as important and solemn as war.


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Sally and Dan

I love that you did the interview side by side. You also have mastered the art of giving each other their say, an important element of any marriage.

Sally, I think that you touched on one of the most important things that impressed me about Edwards that night. His remarks weren't political they were American. Dan, I truly believe that you'll get your chance to introduce our JRE as our next President. We're doing everything we can to make that a reality. And Edwards has definitely got your memo, he'll be back real soon.


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Chris

Amen brother on Democrats showing us they have good ideas and can keep us safe at the same time. I think Edwards pretty much demonstrated that to us in his remarks, I think they were transcendent but oh so obvious and basic.

Thank you for supporting our guy last time and I look forward to all your hard work for him next time around. Kidding, not really. It ain't going to be easy, but it's vitally important.





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Lorna

Lorna is trying to get some traction on her idea that nurses should join forces with trial lawyers in order to inform and educate the public about the shady torte reform policy that Republicans are pushing all around the country. I agree that more attention needs to be paid to this issue because Republicans have decided to take the decision out of the hands of the citizens as jurors and bar us from setting the damages we feel are appropriate in these suits.



Waukee Interviews Part 2

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Dan

Dan "we will not be denied" Spellman. I'm glad that I was finally able to meet you. I like your emphasis on the false patriotism that Bush and the other "rah-rahs" push on the country.

You are lucky that you live in Iowa so enjoy the next year and a half. It's all going down in the Hawkeye State next time around. We're counting on you guys.






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Troy

WOW. Troy will not be attending any Republican events because he's disappointed with the economy and ecology in particular. Troy, you seem to be a committed Republican and I'm sorry that your party has gone so far down this path that they've deflated all your passion and commitment to your ideology.

I totally agree with you on Hillary and Edwards, he can win the general and she can't. I hope we Democrats remember that a resume is just a piece of paper the next time around. Message and passion will always trump experience and organization. I hope.


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Marcia

Marcia gave up tickets to see James Taylor to attend the event in Waukee, a true sacrifice. I'm sure that she wasn't disappointed though once Edwards got rolling on this speech.

I love how you ended the interview. Thanks for all your great blog entries this weekend at OAC and all the great pictures that you posted.






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Alice

One of my favorite interviews. I loved your remarks about the foreign policy situation America currently faces. It was a very long night, thanks for taking a moment to talk to me at the end.








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Russ Wiesley

Russ, I was very impressed with your bio. It made me wonder just what the heck I've been doing with my own life.

Russ is a pharmacist and works along side his wife. He's a member of the school board and was instrumental in getting the Prairie View Middle School built where the event was held. It was a beautiful new school, if only every child in America could start their term at such a nice place this fall.

Russ's website is here: Friends of Russ Wiesley. Check him out, as I said his bio is impressive.



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Austin

I am so sorry I put you on the spot like that, but I think that you came out great in the interview anyway. It looks like I'm totally interrogating you in the clip. So sorry...

Thanks again and good luck in school this year.







Again my thanks to Dallas County Democrats, all the people who took the time to speak to me on or off camera, the OAC bloggers that were out in full force to represent for our favorite "Son of a Dot Dot Dot" and especially to Karen Miller aka townhomegirly, the event organizer, who also put me up and then got me to the airport at 5:30AM on Saturday for my flight back home.

It was an amazing experience and you all made that possible.


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My next assignment?

Thursday August 17th, 2006 New Haven, CT. - of course. Edwards is doing the Lamont thing at Ned's invitation, kos! I really can't wait for that one. Look for my report here first thing Friday morning. Where's your next assignment, kossacks?

Join the conversation at OneAmericaCommittee Blog.

Originally posted to mbair on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 04:51 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  if you must (15+ / 0-)

    I'd prefer a rec though. I think it was an important speech and the media won't cover it - of course. It doesn't fit the memo that anti-war Dems are unpatriotic loons.

    •  i gave you... (1+ / 0-)
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      mbair

      ...a recommend and a 4 because you deserve both.

      i've been a HUGE edwards fan for a while now; he's the only one out there who speaks the truth on a consistent basis.

      thank you for your hard work...

      The radical invents views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. - Mark Twain

      by FemiNazi on Wed Aug 16, 2006 at 12:08:14 AM PDT

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  •  The past 2 nights (5+ / 0-)

    I've seen Tweety reverse his tune and start talking about how the war and other things at home are beginning to matter to many of us, and that perhaps Republicans are finding themselves recoiling from Bush.

    •  I don't watch him anymore (3+ / 0-)
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      but this whole Ned Lamont is a radical meme is disgusting and blatantly false. 60% of the country wants out and today rawstory reports that 67% believe a civil war in Iraq is inevitable.

      •  Washington Post came out with numbers (4+ / 0-)
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        I think 60% of Americans want out, but of those 60%, only 25% want out immediately, the other 75% want out within a year to 18 months (pretty much Edwards' position, and I'm not sure all that different from Lamont's).

        "We need to ask America to adopt a new kind of patriotism, a patriotism about something more than just war." -- John Edwards

        by philgoblue on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 05:27:04 AM PDT

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        •  I know (4+ / 0-)
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          yet this a radical leftist position. That's a total lie.

          The troop withdrawal statement is something that is regretfully absent from Edwards's remarks that night. He had a long day and all these remarks were off the cuff, so I'll cut him some slack on that one.

          The best rationale for the troop withdrawal IMO is that we've been there 3 and a half years and this crew in DC can't even get the oil out of the ground. It's not right and our troops haven't done anything wrong, why should they suffer for partisan political reasons.

          Murtha claimed last fall that Iraq is breaking the back of the military. How much longer can they possibly hold out?

          •  Especially frightening (4+ / 0-)
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            in light of the middle east situation and don't forget North Korea and Iran.

          •  The situation in Iraq.... (2+ / 0-)
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            is much like hitting a bald-faced hornets nest repeatedly with a stick.  All you are going to accomplish is to piss off the hornets.   And to stick around and continue to beat on it probably isn't the smartest thing in the world to do.

            Yet this is exactly what His Nibs is doing.  The Near East being the hornets nest.   He is accomplishing nothing by remaining in Iraq.  The whole Near East is destablizing, caused by our presence.   Iraq is (in my opinion) ALREADY in a Civil War - not merely on the brink of one.  It is no longer  (never was) possible to attain the goal of a secure democracy in the country.

            Murtha and Edwards are right that we must WITHDRAW our troops.

        •  Don't forget, (2+ / 0-)
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          the soldiers want out too!  Mostly all of them.

  •  I love your diary, just love it. It is inspiring. (5+ / 0-)
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    John Edwards sounds a lot freer than when he was in the 2004 primary, like he can be himself. I loved the pictures of the people you interviewed and your loving comments about them.

    I have to run off to work so I am going to return to it later.

    •  Up with people baby (3+ / 0-)
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      I hope you get this message on your hotlist later. I think that anyone can do this or something very like especially if you're already a blogger. So do it. I admit that flying around the country is a bit extreme, but it's time for me. I've been so cynical and apathetic I can't it.

      I'm always surprised by the tinterviews, people really know exactly what they want to say. They make these diaries work.

    •  Yes, he is himself. (3+ / 0-)
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      He is freer than before and more focused.

      •  yeah (2+ / 0-)
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        I think he was very talented and I saw him deliver the Two Americas riff last time around but following him on the blog now as I do, but this is so much more. This message is big and expansive and inspiring.

        I mean look at me, a normal-cynical-apathetic-snark-infested-busy person is out doing this extreme kind of stuff.

  •  It's Really the Call to Sacrifice (5+ / 0-)

    and Community Service that is one of the big reasons I'm a huge Edwards backer.  Yea, patriotism needs to be about truely caring for our fellow Americans (not just the soldiers in Iraq, but the poor in New Orleans, the sick in New York, the hungery in Appalachia, etc).

    Clearly a lot of this comes from his Christian faith (OK, for me it comes from my Stoic beliefs, but Edwards' has the kind of Christianity we few, brave remaining Stoics can back).

    No pandering ala Bayh, no unwillingness to demand something of Americans and take controversial stands ala Warner, no tiny programs to nibble on the edges ala Hillary, but big ideas backed by serious policy changes.

    "We need to ask America to adopt a new kind of patriotism, a patriotism about something more than just war." -- John Edwards

    by philgoblue on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 05:25:06 AM PDT

  •  Excellent work mbair! (3+ / 0-)
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    You have done a terrific job acquainting people with John Edwards and who he is.

  •  Why I wrote this diary (5+ / 0-)

    Why I did this whole thing for that matter. I hope that one of two things happens if you read this diary.

    One, maybe you will have a more favorable impression of Edwards after you see the clips.

    Two, that you will be motivated to go out and tell your own story in your own way. I wrote this in the Wal-Mart diary and I stand by it.

    The tools available for free on the internet are too good to pass up these days. Bill Moyers once said that the most important thing a journalist can do is tell the little stories about ordinary people in the cacophony that is the news. Well, kossacks, you don't have to wait for Mr. Moyers to knock on your door anymore. Now you can do the door knocking and tell the story that you think is important yourself.

  •  A Great Job of Reporting A GREAT Speech (4+ / 0-)
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    Senator Edwards hit so many nails on the head with this stirring speech.  

    He is so right - major changes must happen in our government and it is not a party issue.  It may very well boil down to our survival as a people and a nation.

    •  I know (5+ / 0-)

      and beyond what you've said about party, Edwards said in Indianola that the problems we have in this country are not just the fault of George Bush. It's not just Bush, it's us too.

      We are standing at the precipice and all we care about is... What? What do we really care about? Because I don't see it.

      We have to do something, the system of the media and gov't is broken and we have to make it right. The dialogue is completely brain dead and we have to make it right. It's the only way. These top down institutions willnot change and reform on their own. We must change them.

  •  John Edwards Gets It (4+ / 0-)
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    At the Knoxville, Iowa event JRE spoke of the many things you said in your diary.  People get it, they just don't want to sacrifice...pay the high price for gas, don't car pool, and the list goes on.

    John Edwards is the man for President and I hope all who read this will take the opportunity to go and see him in their town/city/state.

  •  America needs leaders not politicians (4+ / 0-)
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    In 2004 I wrote a piece  called "Defining Leadership".  I noticed that Kerry was constantly trying ideas out.  Also, when he saw an issue working for someone else, he would add it to his list.  But John Edwards was out in front with a vision of healing our great nation and making it one again. Through this example we would regain our leadership position in the world.  I saw a big dog in the Iditarod, not someone who practices the spaghetti theory of politics.  Throw it up and see if it plays in Peoria.  That's a politician.  And we have way too many of those.

    "It's time to rein in the rascals and rotate the crop"

    by MontanaMaven on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 06:29:46 AM PDT

    •  this is a great point (5+ / 0-)
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      and on poverty in particular he was years ahead of the curve. He was talking about it years before Katrina. Even now, who talks about Katrina and poverty in our party? No one. Who talks about unions? Morality?

      It's totally unbelievable. And especially the morality piece in the discussion. That's the issue that I think makes him so electable. Even if people disagree with his positions, he's still a reasonable choice because he has credibility and voters will trust him. That's the key to winning.

  •  Edwards has the solution to the goper Values Meme (4+ / 0-)
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    when he says "How dare they claim to hold the moral high ground after New Orleans, after all the tax breaks for the wealthy, etc."  I think this is key to Democrats winning back moderate Catholics.

    "We need to ask America to adopt a new kind of patriotism, a patriotism about something more than just war." -- John Edwards

    by philgoblue on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 06:38:11 AM PDT

    •  or anyone of faith (5+ / 0-)

      I just posted that this is probably the most important element of the message as far as electability. The morality frame to so much of what he says is tailor made for progressive seculars and religious voters alike. It works on both sides because ingrained in the charter of every church in this country is the value of charitable works. And you can add temple, mosque and synagogue to that list.

      •  edward's faith.... (3+ / 0-)
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        ....is a faith i don't find offensive....but maybe that's because he reminds me of all the good things i remember about being a catholic...

        The radical invents views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. - Mark Twain

        by FemiNazi on Wed Aug 16, 2006 at 12:14:00 AM PDT

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        •  exactly (1+ / 0-)
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          I don't know how he does it but it works on both sides. I'm a non practicing Catholic myself, but the morality he talks about, to me, is so human. In this speech that he chose to give, it's also essential to us as Americans in a big dangerous world to renew our commitment to that kind of good stuff.

          See ya round - FN.

      •  This is THE key. (2+ / 0-)
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        How to win over the people who should be voting for Democrats but have been voting for Republicans because they've been told that it is the moral thing to do? Allow them to vote both for Democrats and for morals, by focusing on an issue like helping the poor and emphasizing how it is the moral thing to do.

        In church on Sunday: "Yes, I sure did vote for John Edwards. Jesus said we need to help the poor."

  •  The leaders we have been waiting for are us (4+ / 0-)
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    And Edwards is part of us..not that establishment in DC, although it's very important that he was in the Senate to understood how it worked. One of the things I respected Edwards for was giving up his seat in 2004.  It wasn't because he would not have been re-elected; quite the contrary, he didn't think Bush or others were listening to us, so he wanted to run for a higher office to try to do something about our problems.

    Dean is doing the same by his chairmanship; Edwards decided to get behind the good parts of the party and bring those things out front and center.  I'm hoping Ned will win and that Joe L will realize that this mid-term election is about us, not his ego.

  •  two thumbs up (2+ / 0-)
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    Great job, mbair. I'm so glad you're on Edwards' side. =)

    You're dead right about the MSM not picking up on Edwards' speeches - the only place you're going to find him is on C-SPAN, and that's so unfortunate.

    Related note: I contacted a reporter in Houston that had written a bio piece on Nick Lampson to see if she was aware of the "One America Votes" fundraiser coming up... and she had no idea what was happening. She thanked me nicely and said she'd keep an eye on that story. We've got to take the lead ourselves.

    If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich. ~ John F. Kennedy

    by machka on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 10:36:38 AM PDT

  •  This is a fabulous diary (2+ / 0-)
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    mbair, bumpa

    I did a quick search on your history and noticed that almost all of your postings are at 4:30am or so Pacific Time. I am in California. So by the time I get up in the morning and log onto this site a diary posted at this time is pushed off the list and I never get a chance to read it.

    I love the interviews you did with everyone who attended the event. To me that is just as important as what Edwards said. How do the average people like me think of the man? Thank for the perspective.

    Thanks again, and thanks SunsanG for rescuing your diary, for I would never have read this otherwise.

    "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." -Plato

    by iliketodrum on Tue Aug 15, 2006 at 09:40:17 PM PDT

    •  thank you so much (3+ / 0-)
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      It was a tough haul with the travel, but it's so worth it. I think that blogs are about many things, but I hope that I convey a sense of engagement in these puppies. That's why I think they rescue them, blogs are all about engagement and common voices breaking through the MSM drone.

      And these interviews are incredible. People are so articulate it continues to amaze me. I usually talk to everyone before the speech and then do the interviews after. That way people have time to think about what they want to say.

      I'm doing another one on Friday, but it's a Lamont event and I don't know if I'll get a chance to do interviews. I'll definitely try.

  •  i think we.... (4+ / 0-)
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    ...need to take heed of what "troy the republican" says:

    edwards can get the crossover votes.....more than hillary...or any other candidate...

    The radical invents views. When he has worn them out the conservative adopts them. - Mark Twain

    by FemiNazi on Wed Aug 16, 2006 at 12:46:43 AM PDT

    •  I thought (2+ / 0-)
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      that Troy was a real stand-up to guy to even give me an interview. He said that Edwards talked about everything he believes and that he was a committed Republican. I think that was a really important statement.

      Hopefully in the future I'll get more voices that are not just big Edwards supporters. I think there's a lot of value in bringing other voices in to these diaries.

  •  Sorry I'm too late to recommend! (2+ / 0-)
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    Got this from the diary rescue, and I'm glad I did.  Nice piece, and I'm more & more convinced that he's my choice for 2008.

    •  it was a labor (0+ / 0-)

      of love and I'm really addicted now. So you can look for more from me and the OAC bloggers in the future. Some other bloggers are planning to vlog a Schuler thing next week, I think.

      I'm doing Lamont tomorrow, but I don't know if I can pull off the interviews and that diary will focus on Lamont because it's a huge race for me at this time.

      I also vlogged a Deval Patrick, candidate for governor in Ma, event so look for that diary next week.

  •  John Edwards (4+ / 0-)
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    I supported John Edwards in 2004 and was very proud when Senator Kerry chose him as his VP nominee.  Since '04 I have been impressed by a number of potential democratic nominees in '08 - Warner, Clark, Feingold to name a few.  But Senator Edwards has just gotten better.  

    Sometimes, maybe once in a generation, a politician comes along who because of a confluence of circumstances is able to speak from the heart.  The last in my lifetime was Bobby Kennedy.  Edwards is clearly familiar with Senator Kennedy's life and themes. Compared with four years ago he seems liberated - a man who wants to give, not a man who is drive to achieve.  At times his speeches are poetic.  I can get very excited by a number of potential nominees, but only Edwards brings tears to my eyes.  I desparately want to believe that a good man (or woman) who speaks to our better angels, can make things better.

    Thanks for a great heartfelt diary.

    •  it ain't hard with this guy (1+ / 0-)
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      That theme of authenticity is echoed through the comments. Chris said, "very heartfelt and passionate." When I did Inidianola, link in the diary, Don Ruby the chair for Warren County Democrats in Iowa said, "Edwards makes a connection," with the audience and I commented on tape that it's that ability that starts the conversation.

      It's not skill and presentation, it's real. You can't teach that and you can't fake that. I've been very cynical and disaffected in the past. Although I've always been a political junkie, I never did too much in terms of activism. This message really makes me just say, "enough, do something, anything."

      Thanks for reading. See ya out there!

      •  Authenticity (2+ / 0-)
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        I attended the rally / announcement when Edwards withdrew from the race in early '04 (prior to the VP choice).  Seeing him in person, he simply screams authenticity.  That is part of the reason he was so extraordinarily successful as a trial attorney - he could connect with the jurors.  Everyone at that rally - middle aged (and older) men and women, young adults, everyone was struggling (with various degrees of success) to keep from crying.  He is masterful.

        If people will give him an honest listen, he stands a great chance at success.

      •  in the name of openess... (1+ / 0-)
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        (after what happened with Kos & Dean etc...)  Are you paid by the Edward's campaign to blog or to video blog or to follow him on the campaign trail?

        If you are, it's important to identify yourself as a paid consultant.  Otherwise you end up with things like this:

        http://www.adrants.com/...

        (Exxon pays professionals to spoof Al Gore.)

        OR

        http://www.nytimes.com/...

        PR FIRM in charge of the Swifties for Bush also in charge of the RNC propaganda machine.

        http://www.crc4pr.com/...

        •  no I'm not paid (3+ / 0-)
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          I used to be just a kossack, but I started blogging at OAC this spring after the redesign. That's why I call myself a guerrilla because I'm working on my own. I pay for my own travel to attend the events. I stayed with other OAC bloggers when I went to Iowa both times, Pittsburgh was a day trip for me. I even pay for my ground transport. The Iowa bloggers that I stayed with got me to the airport the morning after but I paid for the cab from the airport to the event both times.

          Thanks for asking. I should really make that more clear in the diaries.

          One of the things that these vlogs grew out of is the "citizen journalism" that OAC blog pushes. After the redesign at OAC blog, I started writing Edwards news diaries which are also organized by the bloggers and not through OAC.

          The staff is very grateful, but they don't interfere. They are very responsive when I have a need, but frankly I don't bother them too much. Since I'm not a journalist or anything I really don't want access to the candidate. So they just love me. I'm the set-it and forget it blogger. Mostly the staff that I interact with is the blog staff and not people who work really closely with Edwards.

          One of the things that I like about doing this on my own is that I can say whatever I want. Right? I start working there and then it's meetings and planning and all that stuff. I have enough work, this is soemthing I do to relax, oddly enough. I've just been so cynical and apathetic and I don't like myself when I'm like that.

          I did an event for Deval Patrick last Monday, same style of thing. I just showed up and shot the tape then did some quickie interviews. You can check that diary out early next week hopefully. I started volunteering for Patrick this summer and I did get someone at the campaign to give me permission to do one of these, but not any other parameters.

      •  BTW..I ask not because I don't like Edwards 'cuz (1+ / 0-)
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        I do!  I think he rocks!  I saw him at least 4 times (2 x in 04 and 2 x in o5.)  I think he's great and he's a great speaker.  I think he would have been a great VP and it sucks that the Republican party disrespects elections so much that they had to suppress legitimate voters and play games with election machines.

        However, after seeing that youtube attack against Al Gore, I'm extra careful to monitor both sides.

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