John Edwards to announce he’s running for President

I usually don’t cover politics, but since John Edwards showed up at Gnomedex and his wife gave Maryam a nice interview, I thought I’d link to this article on MSNBC that says that Jon Edwards is expected to announce that he’s running for President of the United States later this month.

I wish them well. They are a long shot. Why? Well, if you hate what George Bush has done for the country, you probably want to vote for someone who is completely different. How about Barack Obama? Or Hillary Clinton? Voting for a white guy who is a former trial lawyer probably won’t satisfy.

What about if you’re a conservative Christian? You’ll probably want someone really conservative that’s going to go after abortion rights, like Newt Gingrich. John McCain is going to be attractive to military families, due to his military service.

Most tech company execs will probably look toward a Republican who’s not gonna mess with their businesses. There’s a slew of them running.

From the tech industry’s perspective, who do you think we should support?

My favorite news site to watch politics on? Memeorandum.

Comments

  1. Isn’t part of the problem we face today directly a result of our narrow political focus? “What will s/he do for me?” instead of “What will s/he do for our country?”

    I’m not interested in someone whose campaign is going to pander to a specific group, no more than I’m interested in someone whose campaign is going to pander to every special interest group.

    The man or woman who will make me sit up and take notice, even get me to open up my wallet and donate my time, will be the one who tells me the inconvenient truths. Our country is spending its capital to China in return for cheap TVs and the day of reckoning is near. Our reliance on foreign oil not only puts us at risk but increases global warming so the answer is digging up more coal. We not only have to stop spending more money than we take in but we need to start paying down the debt.

    In the long run, that is the statesman who will be best for technology and our country.

  2. Isn’t part of the problem we face today directly a result of our narrow political focus? “What will s/he do for me?” instead of “What will s/he do for our country?”

    I’m not interested in someone whose campaign is going to pander to a specific group, no more than I’m interested in someone whose campaign is going to pander to every special interest group.

    The man or woman who will make me sit up and take notice, even get me to open up my wallet and donate my time, will be the one who tells me the inconvenient truths. Our country is spending its capital to China in return for cheap TVs and the day of reckoning is near. Our reliance on foreign oil not only puts us at risk but increases global warming so the answer is digging up more coal. We not only have to stop spending more money than we take in but we need to start paying down the debt.

    In the long run, that is the statesman who will be best for technology and our country.

  3. From the “tech industry’s perspective”, we don’t want to support anybody like Newt. I’m not sure if he’s running in 08 (probably not), but his website is one of the most annoying designs I’ve seen in a while.

  4. From the “tech industry’s perspective”, we don’t want to support anybody like Newt. I’m not sure if he’s running in 08 (probably not), but his website is one of the most annoying designs I’ve seen in a while.

  5. Totally off-topic. But something interesting – MS killed the ability for beta testers to run the 6000 build today – crippling their PCs.

    Two blog posts – my initial rant when I woke up to a disabled Windows Vista this morning: http://lagesse.org/index.php/2006/12/16/windows-genuine-advantage-the-frankenbuild-monster-microsoft-dips-their-customers-in-shit-again/

    And them my follow-up post to the MS forums on this: http://lagesse.org/index.php/2006/12/16/this-is-why-microsoft-is-perceived-as-evil/

    And here’s the key issue – I can’t buy Vista. They killed my install without giving me any way to buy what they consider a valid key. They won’t take my money in exchange for a “valid” key.

    Instead they just cripple my PC. Yeah – that builds good will.

    I’ve beta tested Vista from day one (actually, I have beta tested every version of Windows since Pen for WIndows). This is pathetic, because I have no way to resolve the issue. None.

    (Robert – sorry for the off-topic comment – but I thought you might find this interesting. I am sure it’ll be a big deal in the next 24 hours or so).

    Rob

  6. Totally off-topic. But something interesting – MS killed the ability for beta testers to run the 6000 build today – crippling their PCs.

    Two blog posts – my initial rant when I woke up to a disabled Windows Vista this morning: http://lagesse.org/index.php/2006/12/16/windows-genuine-advantage-the-frankenbuild-monster-microsoft-dips-their-customers-in-shit-again/

    And them my follow-up post to the MS forums on this: http://lagesse.org/index.php/2006/12/16/this-is-why-microsoft-is-perceived-as-evil/

    And here’s the key issue – I can’t buy Vista. They killed my install without giving me any way to buy what they consider a valid key. They won’t take my money in exchange for a “valid” key.

    Instead they just cripple my PC. Yeah – that builds good will.

    I’ve beta tested Vista from day one (actually, I have beta tested every version of Windows since Pen for WIndows). This is pathetic, because I have no way to resolve the issue. None.

    (Robert – sorry for the off-topic comment – but I thought you might find this interesting. I am sure it’ll be a big deal in the next 24 hours or so).

    Rob

  7. Actually in my mind Edwards has a better than 50-50 chance. He is a stable southern democrat who can talk a good line when needed. He will not be seen as a liberal northeastern democrat (aka Hillary) and may be viewed as more moderate than he really is.

    Still too early to tell. Really a toss up at this point. We will have to see who is going to impload under the stress.

  8. Actually in my mind Edwards has a better than 50-50 chance. He is a stable southern democrat who can talk a good line when needed. He will not be seen as a liberal northeastern democrat (aka Hillary) and may be viewed as more moderate than he really is.

    Still too early to tell. Really a toss up at this point. We will have to see who is going to impload under the stress.

  9. Anyone who is interested in Internet freedom of speech ought to check this out before supporting John McCain. I have a hard time believing anyone is going to fall for his crap, but then again, look who is sitting in the Oval Office now. I used to think McCain was sort of ok because he spoke for veterans and against torture, but apparently he has been turned into another authoritarian dolt.

  10. Anyone who is interested in Internet freedom of speech ought to check this out before supporting John McCain. I have a hard time believing anyone is going to fall for his crap, but then again, look who is sitting in the Oval Office now. I used to think McCain was sort of ok because he spoke for veterans and against torture, but apparently he has been turned into another authoritarian dolt.

  11. Hmmm – it appears MS deleted my posts to the Windows Genuine Advantage forum. (comment #4 above)

    That sucks. But they are on my blog.

    Rob

  12. From the tech industry’s perspective, who do you think we should support?

    I’m not sure if I’m in the tech industry or not but Newt Gingrich is very much pro-business, pro-tech and pro-space.

  13. From the tech industry’s perspective, who do you think we should support?

    I’m not sure if I’m in the tech industry or not but Newt Gingrich is very much pro-business, pro-tech and pro-space.

  14. Now MS has completely blocked me from posting in the WGA forum – with no explaination, no messages to me – nothing.

    Why? All I did was critisize them. OK, I’ll stop trying to fight this battle here – sorry for the disruption – but this is really ticking me off! :)

    Rob

  15. Now MS has completely blocked me from posting in the WGA forum – with no explaination, no messages to me – nothing.

    Why? All I did was critisize them. OK, I’ll stop trying to fight this battle here – sorry for the disruption – but this is really ticking me off! :)

    Rob

  16. “I wish them well. They are a long shot. Why? Well, if you hate what George Bush has done for the country, you probably want to vote for someone who is completely different. How about Barack Obama? Or Hillary Clinton? ”

    Are you serious? Obama is unelectable,he’s been comprimised,as for Hillary Clinton,she’s so dirty that she makes her husband look like an alter boy, JFK junior would have been probably running against her, but oh well… we know what happened to him right?

  17. “I wish them well. They are a long shot. Why? Well, if you hate what George Bush has done for the country, you probably want to vote for someone who is completely different. How about Barack Obama? Or Hillary Clinton? ”

    Are you serious? Obama is unelectable,he’s been comprimised,as for Hillary Clinton,she’s so dirty that she makes her husband look like an alter boy, JFK junior would have been probably running against her, but oh well… we know what happened to him right?

  18. I’m voting for Rudy or Condi Rice, or both is they are running mates. McCain doesn’t have a chance. History has shown that presidential candidates that have failed to be elected once stand almost no chance. Rudy is america’s best bet. He’s popular, he’s got experience, and he’s far more attractive than the far-left stance the others hold.
    If Rudy and Condi run, they’ll take it without much of a problem, IMO.
    I cannot vote for leftists. They are trying to absolutely ruin traditional marriage, push their baby-killing agendas, and give this country over to the UN.
    Bush is no angel, and I’m not thrilled with his administration, either.
    My perfect government would be:

    1) Small
    2) Neutral to big-business
    3) Lobbying of all kind illegal
    4) No govt subsidies to any company
    5) Politicos pay their own campaigns, donations illegal
    6) Abortion illegal
    7) Free medicine and medical care
    8) Cut down on immigration by 3/4
    9) Give jobs to Americans first
    10) Marriage is a man and a woman as God intended

    Number 7 could be done if there was a small government. I used to work in DC and I can tell you from living and working there for over 10 years that there is far too much corruption and power there. The job could be done with 1/4 of the existing workforce. Save the money for what matters… education, healthcare. Dreamworld? Maybe. Plausible. Definately.

  19. I’m voting for Rudy or Condi Rice, or both is they are running mates. McCain doesn’t have a chance. History has shown that presidential candidates that have failed to be elected once stand almost no chance. Rudy is america’s best bet. He’s popular, he’s got experience, and he’s far more attractive than the far-left stance the others hold.
    If Rudy and Condi run, they’ll take it without much of a problem, IMO.
    I cannot vote for leftists. They are trying to absolutely ruin traditional marriage, push their baby-killing agendas, and give this country over to the UN.
    Bush is no angel, and I’m not thrilled with his administration, either.
    My perfect government would be:

    1) Small
    2) Neutral to big-business
    3) Lobbying of all kind illegal
    4) No govt subsidies to any company
    5) Politicos pay their own campaigns, donations illegal
    6) Abortion illegal
    7) Free medicine and medical care
    8) Cut down on immigration by 3/4
    9) Give jobs to Americans first
    10) Marriage is a man and a woman as God intended

    Number 7 could be done if there was a small government. I used to work in DC and I can tell you from living and working there for over 10 years that there is far too much corruption and power there. The job could be done with 1/4 of the existing workforce. Save the money for what matters… education, healthcare. Dreamworld? Maybe. Plausible. Definately.

  20. I don’t know why number 8 on my above post has a smiley face. Not intended.

    And, by the way, I’m not against immigration. I think we should, for the next several years at least, only allow people in who can immediately contribute to society and not suck up welfare checks and make medical costs rise by beating down the doors of the emergency rooms. Doctors already make FAR TOO much money, and the drug companies are downright criminal with their prices.

    Immigrants who are educted and who can pay taxes with their jobs help socitey out. People who come here and immeditately take welfare hamper welfare for those Americans who really need it, like internet boom workers layed off thru no faults of their own. Or, for those poor Ford workers about to be laid off because Americans no longer take pride in their work and we let the foreigners make better cars than we do. Sad. Bring back the unions and pay people a living wage. $12.50 and hour is about right for a base minimum wage.

  21. I don’t know why number 8 on my above post has a smiley face. Not intended.

    And, by the way, I’m not against immigration. I think we should, for the next several years at least, only allow people in who can immediately contribute to society and not suck up welfare checks and make medical costs rise by beating down the doors of the emergency rooms. Doctors already make FAR TOO much money, and the drug companies are downright criminal with their prices.

    Immigrants who are educted and who can pay taxes with their jobs help socitey out. People who come here and immeditately take welfare hamper welfare for those Americans who really need it, like internet boom workers layed off thru no faults of their own. Or, for those poor Ford workers about to be laid off because Americans no longer take pride in their work and we let the foreigners make better cars than we do. Sad. Bring back the unions and pay people a living wage. $12.50 and hour is about right for a base minimum wage.

  22. I really liked Edwards when he ran with Kerry for President all those years ago. I do wonder if Clinton wouldn’t be more appealing to the US public but a race between Clinton, Edwards and Obama should be pretty interesting, even for those of us down here at the tip of Africa.

  23. I really liked Edwards when he ran with Kerry for President all those years ago. I do wonder if Clinton wouldn’t be more appealing to the US public but a race between Clinton, Edwards and Obama should be pretty interesting, even for those of us down here at the tip of Africa.

  24. It was a little funny seeing John Edwards trying to say “there are two Americas” at the same convention where Barack Obama was saying “we are one America.”

    Seriously, though, John Edwards has no substance (there’s a case for saying there are two Americas, but he didn’t make it), got elected to the Senate just so he could run for President, and most people who were interested in him at all were entranced by the fact that his boyish charm made him like John F Kennedy, and that this meant he could win for the Democrats.

    davidwb, a larger problem in politics today is people voting for someone just because they think they could win for ‘their side’, even though they’re phonies with no insight into politics. Scoble, yes, this includes George W Bush. 2000 – Bush nominated for his name, Gore nominated for his VP position. 2004 – Bush nominated because he was president, Kerry nominated because he was a ‘decorated’ war veteran who people thought could win against Bush because he was a veteran talking against war. I can’t believe people make a case for third parties spoiling these elections — they’re already spoiled.

  25. I’d cast my vote for Rudy… Lord knows he’s got the chops for the job. Be a hoot if he pick a Dem for Veep (wouldn’t happen in a thou… still)

  26. It was a little funny seeing John Edwards trying to say “there are two Americas” at the same convention where Barack Obama was saying “we are one America.”

    Seriously, though, John Edwards has no substance (there’s a case for saying there are two Americas, but he didn’t make it), got elected to the Senate just so he could run for President, and most people who were interested in him at all were entranced by the fact that his boyish charm made him like John F Kennedy, and that this meant he could win for the Democrats.

    davidwb, a larger problem in politics today is people voting for someone just because they think they could win for ‘their side’, even though they’re phonies with no insight into politics. Scoble, yes, this includes George W Bush. 2000 – Bush nominated for his name, Gore nominated for his VP position. 2004 – Bush nominated because he was president, Kerry nominated because he was a ‘decorated’ war veteran who people thought could win against Bush because he was a veteran talking against war. I can’t believe people make a case for third parties spoiling these elections — they’re already spoiled.

  27. I’d cast my vote for Rudy… Lord knows he’s got the chops for the job. Be a hoot if he pick a Dem for Veep (wouldn’t happen in a thou… still)

  28. I’d be very happy just to see two *good* choices, not “bad” and “worse.” That, and quite a bit less partisan nonsense.

  29. I’d be very happy just to see two *good* choices, not “bad” and “worse.” That, and quite a bit less partisan nonsense.

  30. First of all Robert, Edwards’ wife’s name is Elizabeth, not Maryam.

    And he didnt even win his home state last time around. He also didnt run again as a Senator in his home state because he is not especially well liked there.

    I really hope that Obama runs, because as a newbie he will be utterly easy to beat. Although, Hillary makes it more fun – but she cant even decide if she wants to announce or not.

  31. First of all Robert, Edwards’ wife’s name is Elizabeth, not Maryam.

    And he didnt even win his home state last time around. He also didnt run again as a Senator in his home state because he is not especially well liked there.

    I really hope that Obama runs, because as a newbie he will be utterly easy to beat. Although, Hillary makes it more fun – but she cant even decide if she wants to announce or not.

  32. Ryan,

    No one on either side or in the middle will ever be able to escape the “partisan nonsense”.

    Everyone has an opinion on abortion, religion, taxes, etc., and these are hot-button issues that will ALWAYS divide the parties.

    Hillary and Obama are not good for this country. They are bringers of higher taxes, and social programs nonsense that never seem to help anyone. Bush has not been good for this country in my opinion, but neither will Edwards, Clinton, or Obama.
    Rudy, definately. He would better this country within his first term. A democrat congress would work with him.

  33. Ryan,

    No one on either side or in the middle will ever be able to escape the “partisan nonsense”.

    Everyone has an opinion on abortion, religion, taxes, etc., and these are hot-button issues that will ALWAYS divide the parties.

    Hillary and Obama are not good for this country. They are bringers of higher taxes, and social programs nonsense that never seem to help anyone. Bush has not been good for this country in my opinion, but neither will Edwards, Clinton, or Obama.
    Rudy, definately. He would better this country within his first term. A democrat congress would work with him.

  34. When John Edwards was elected as Senator for North Carolina, two months he started to run for President He did absolute nothing as a Sentor to help the people in North Carolina who were losing thousands of jobs as they were being ship overseas. I am sure he will do even less if ever elected for president. I also hate his poster that is being flash all over. I noticed his daughter is hugging his neck…NOT HIS WIFE…Is this just another political jester to show how youthful he looks. He is a slime ball… I hope he loses all his money and has to really work for a living.

  35. When John Edwards was elected as Senator for North Carolina, two months he started to run for President He did absolute nothing as a Sentor to help the people in North Carolina who were losing thousands of jobs as they were being ship overseas. I am sure he will do even less if ever elected for president. I also hate his poster that is being flash all over. I noticed his daughter is hugging his neck…NOT HIS WIFE…Is this just another political jester to show how youthful he looks. He is a slime ball… I hope he loses all his money and has to really work for a living.