Business Groups Greet Selection With Hostility (washingtonpost.com)
Thomas J. Donohue, president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, vowed that his group would abandon its neutrality and work to defeat the Democrats.
“Senator Edwards has a fancy campaign slogan about ‘two Americas,’ ” said Republican former House majority leader Dick Armey, now chairman of the business-backed Citizens for a Sound Economy. “He’s right. There is the productive America, filled with decent, honest folks who work hard and pay their taxes. And then there’s the America that John Edwards represents: the well-connected swarm of trial lawyers who twist our legal system to pillage the productive sector for personal gain.”
Where to start? What a wonderful choice. He’s pretty and he’s liberal. He has a southern drawl, but he’s 180 degrees out of step with southern values. (He voted against banning partial birth abortion and against making it a separate crime to kill an unborn child during commission of a crime.) He’s a trial lawyer, enemy number 1 for American business. He ran for President because polls showed he had no chance of winning reelection to the Senate, so presumably it will be a stretch for him to even add North Carolina to the Democratic column in November. And, finally, what a lackluster decision. If I’ve complained that the Bush administration hasn;t been taking the kind of bold steps that ought to happen during an alection year, well, I just didn’t realize how boring John Kerry could be. John Edwards…I think that decision could have been called back in March. Wow.