john edwards says if he’s elected president he’ll take health care away from every member of congress…

…unless they find a way to give it to everyone.

I think it’s brilliant.

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  1. Edwina
    Posted November 15, 2007 at 9:46 am | Permalink

    How about no more $400 haircuts until we can all have $400 haircuts?

  2. Edwards Fan
    Posted November 15, 2007 at 11:23 am | Permalink

    He’s the best candidate we’ve got.

    Give him $20.

    https://johnedwards.com:443/action/contribute/double

  3. Robert
    Posted November 15, 2007 at 12:41 pm | Permalink

    With an electorate made up of intelligent, informed, sophisticated and thoughtful voters like Edwina*, why would any candidate need image consulting?

    * I’m pretty sure ‘Edwina’ is really just Fred in cheap drag

  4. Edwina Fan
    Posted November 15, 2007 at 1:25 pm | Permalink

    I’m just not sure Edwards is ever going to make it as a politician. Doesn’t he know how much cocaine and prostitution $400 bucks could get him? He could have James Gannon for two hours.

  5. Ol' E Cross
    Posted November 15, 2007 at 1:32 pm | Permalink

    Edwards is just ripping off Ron Paul who promised to do the same thing with guns.

  6. Mark H.
    Posted November 15, 2007 at 7:39 pm | Permalink

    Well — what power does a president of the USA have that he could use to take away the health care benefits of members of Congress? I don’t think there is any. It’s an established benefit. He cannot therefore veto a bill including that benefit, and he can’t line item veto the health care for congressmen line in the federal budget.

    I think this is a nice ad, and i agree with him, morally, but as a plan for governance, is it more than hot air? He could make this threat to congress, and then congress could, if it wished, call his bluff…and in tussles between the executive branch and legislative branch, bluffs are not known for resolving disputes.

    Of course, the president could have more leverage on the compensation/health care packages of his cabinet appointees. So what, though? Cabinet members are almost always millionaries to start with, and the cabinet hardly can dictate to congress.

    I think John Edwards’ campaign is desperate. But desperate can work in elections.

  7. mark
    Posted November 15, 2007 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    I’ve said it before, but I think a lot of what Edwards says comes from desperation. As I agree with it, though, I don’t really care. I just like that it’s being said… As for what the President could actually do to take away their healthcare, I don’t know. I’m certain, however, that he could keep the subject on the front page of the NYT long enough that Congress would find the motivation to do something… Like you, I question his motivation in some of these announcements, and I doubt they’d be made if he was the front-runner, but I don’t doubt his sincerity. I think if he’s elected he’ll stick to what he’s said.

  8. Posted November 15, 2007 at 10:51 pm | Permalink

    Edwards should be the next president. My hope is that Hillary and Obama get into a mudslinging contest and Edwards rises to the top. Not likely, but we can hope can’t we?

  9. Robert
    Posted November 16, 2007 at 7:50 pm | Permalink

    Edwards didn’t take my advice. I told him to threatenen to expand congress to 300 million seats.

  10. Peter Larson
    Posted September 30, 2015 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    I enjoy looking back on these past elections. People really believe in their candidates in the thick of it.

    After elections, not so much.

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