Rocket Man Edwards

· 2004 Election

It’s the little things that get your attention sometimes. Like John Edwards saying “Yes Maam” to moderator Gwen Ifill in the Veep debate last night. That’s a southern boy speaking. Contrast that with Dick Cheney constantly saying “Gwen” and “Gwen” having to respond each time with “Mr. Vice President.”
But for me the defining moment of the debate was the very last when Edwards rocketed out of his chair at the end of the event to get the “grip” on Dick Cheney who was struggling to heave himself out of the upholstered swivel chair. Edwards was like a spring unloosed. I’m sure that hour and a half stuck in a chair behind a table was for Edwards the equivalent of fighting with one hand tied behind his back. Cheney, on the other hand, seemed to relish the crouched position, perhaps from too much time spent in the cave.