Roger L. Simon

The Shallow Man

A post on Politico reminded me of why I find John Edwards one of the most shallow politicians of our era. And not just because of the hair. Or even the 28,000 square foot house when he yammers on about the two Americas.

My problem is that it’s “all about him.” Sure, politicians are narcissistic by nature, but Edwards takes it to a special level. Edwards’ assertion on the Politico video that “They want to shut me up” is a particular illustration of that.

This stuff’s not an accident. Nobody in this room should think this is an accident. You know, I’m out there speaking up for universal healthcare, ending this war in Iraq, speaking up for the poor. They want to shut me up. That’s what this is about. “Let’s distract from people who don’t have health care coverage. Let’s distract from people who can’t feed their children…. Let’s talk about this silly frivolous nothing stuff so that America won’t pay attention.”

They will never silence me. Never.

If we don’t stand up to these people, if we don’t fight em, if we don’t beat them, they’re going to continue to control this country. Thye’re going to control the media. They’re going to control what’s being said. They do not want to hear us talking about health care for everybody.

Well, scratch that. I want to shut him up too – but not because of his ideas (I’m actually sympathetic to national health care), but because he’s so boring and pompous and self-involved. The idea that they – whoever they are – would want to “shut him up” is ludicrous when much of what he says is parroted to one degree or another by all the Democratic candidates.

Of course, in special Edwards’ case there’s some kind of “conspiracy” to prevent this getting out. Someone is taking over the media or some such twaddle.

If Edwards believes this stuff, he’s delusional. More likely he’s just a huckster.