Those of us in the upper left of the country tend to feel a little left out in the presidential stakes. The state can't offer much in the way of a primary, so we have to hope that the fundraising potential here is enough to pull them in and that they’ll leave enough time between the high dollar fundraisers to have a public event or two. The Edwards campaign did just that yesterday with a town hall at Everett Community College (a bedroom community of Seattle). A die-hard crowd of roughly 1,000 waited, listening to the standard rally music fare of U2 and Aretha in a loop that need to be about 20 minutes longer, given the candidate's hour-late arrival. I don't think anyone needed to hear "Beautiful Day" yet another time.
Edwards did leave time for a substantive question and answer period in which he fielded questions on privacy and civil liberties, youth in politics, pension reform, veterans care, education, and health care, questions he handled well. Then came the part that he didn't leave substantial time for: the press availability. There were only a five of us there: a reporter from The Nation, one from the local NBC affiliate, one from the Everett Herald, a student reporter who joined a little late, and me. Here was the only off note to Edwards’s appearance. He shook hands and took one or two questions from three of us, the print and television reporters, and acted rather as if he didn’t see me or the student reporter standing beside the others. It was a strange and off-putting experience.
He was pressed for time, but the few seconds it would have taken to at least acknowledge the presence of the others of us certainly wouldn’t have set him back that much further. The fact that those of us he blew off were women made the appearance of his actions even worse. Some free advice to Senator Edwards, in a group that small, shake all the hands and answer at least one question from everyone.
Since I didn’t have the opportunity to ask my question of him yesterday, I’ll pose it now: Senator Edwards, if you were still in the Senate, would you sponsor Reid-Feingold and vote to use the Congress’s Constitutional power of the purse to end this war?
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
"Edwards in the Evergreen State"
mcjoan (front-paged on Kos):