posted on Feb, 4 2004 @ 07:00 AM
MSNBC is reporting that no less than three seperate Kerry staffers floated the idea that Kerry intentionally "pulled back" on South Carolina before
yesterday's election in order to keep John Edwards in the race. The point being to keep Edwards a viable candidate for the vice presidency with a
southern win under his belt.
The staffers told at least one MSNBC embed that Kerry is actively considering Edwards as the perfect VP. Considering recent attacks by Edwards of
special interests steering the Kerry campaign, "allowing" Edwards an easy southern victory would justify adding him to the ultimate ticket at the
convention despite differences. The Kerry ticket would gain both southern and 'outsider' appeal with Edwards.
Chris Matthews challenged this assertion last night to Kerry's face. Kerry, of course, denied the assertion and said he has no idea who leaked the
claim. Edwards says the claim is disinformation and Kerry doubled advertsing spending in the last week in SC (despite losing) and remains adamant that
he will not accept any VP offer.
Personally, I think the staffers were seeking a way to downplay Kerry's lack of southern appeal. Though I find it difficult to believe in today's
political environment that anything get's so pervasively and systematically leaked without the head man knowing. There was a purpose behind this
"story" that got significant coverage during a critical win for Edwards. That purpose being the limelight for Kerry. It's dirty politics, and
misuse of the media IMO.
Now Deaniacs may have a different take... and believe Kerry and Edwards are capable of anything being "Not Dean". What floored me last night was how
well Clark did, seemingly winning Oklahoma (within 600 votes of Edwards), yet he gets virtually NO airtime. It's been said that to win media
coverage, win in Eastern time zone states. Edwards certainly won that time slot, but Kerry still found a way to steal it. With a false leak.
"We lost SC on purpose" my ass.
[Edited on 4-2-2004 by RANT]