Friday, November 17, 2006

Two Americas

It seems John Edwards was right: there are "two Americas".

On the one hand, there is the America where one has to wait in line at Wal-Mart with all the other poor slobs (risking getting trampled or shot) to get their Sony PlayStation 3; and then, on the other hand, there is the America where rich trial lawyers who make a name for themselves attacking the Wal-Marts of the world try to get special treatment in obtaining a PlayStation 3:
( - Former Sen. John Edwards, an outspoken critic of Wal-Mart, admits one of his volunteer staff members asked a Wal-Mart store for help in getting a Sony PlayStation 3. Elizabeth Edwards wanted one for her young children, and according to John Edwards, "she mentioned it in front of my staff people." Edwards told the Associated Press that he and his wife knew nothing about what the staffer did next. He also suggested that the staffer really wanted the PlayStation 3 for himself. Wal-Mart issued a news release accusing the former senator of refusing to wait his turn. "While the rest of America's working families are waiting patiently in line, Senator Edwards wants to cut to the front," the Wal-Mart statement said. Edwards, in turn, blasted Wal-Mart for trying to deflect criticism. And union-affiliated group accused the retailer of completely crossing the line: "Unfortunately, rather than pay a decent wage and provide affordable health care, Wal-Mart is continuing its attacks on Democrats by wrongly accusing and deliberating trying to embarrass former U.S. Senator and 2004 Democratic Vice Presidential nominee John Edwards," said. "Wal-Mart's attack on Sen. Edwards' 'homespun' story and insinuation that Sen. Edwards was not willing to wait his turn in line is personally offensive and Wal-Mart should be ashamed." The group said Wal-Mart of making things up -- "to try and salvage its declining public image."

Notice how "common man" Edwards tries to pass the buck to the poor put-upon staffer who was just trying to do his master's bidding:

"[Edwards] also suggested that the staffer really wanted the PlayStation 3 for himself."


At 11/17/2006 11:57 AM, Anonymous Donald R. McClarey said...

John Edwards is the the type of phoney who gives phonies a bad name. How anyone can take anything said by this man seriously is utterly beyond me.

At 11/17/2006 1:45 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Walmart just gained some new respectability in my eyes...

At 11/18/2006 9:27 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Oh, yeah, that's right. And Ollie North was the only one who knew the Iranians needed guns, and the Contras needed cash, and made it happen all by his lonesome.

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