Yesterday's campaign stop at Bennet College was great fun and I got to pick up a sign. It was the standard stump speech meany of you have heard. If not, make sure you do.
So this morning I was reading the Greensboro News and Record, and what do I see on the front page? A picture of Senator Edwards walking on stage with his two young children under the headline:
"CHASING BLACK VOTES"
Excuse me? A major presidential candidate visits one of two historically black colleges for women and its suddenly chasing black votes? He spoke about the historic significance of Greensboro in the Civil Rights Movement and encouraged the college students in the crowd to be active. And it's not like he's some blue-blood yankee coming down to reach out. He's from North Carolina, but none of that matters, apparently.
The text of Nate DeGraff article was just as bad, since he accused the speech of being short on substance, stating
"Edwards didn't provide much detail about his ideas during his 18-minute stump speech, but some of the students were impressed."
Had DeGraff been paying attention he surely would have heard about substantive proposals for universal health care, making college affordable, and perhaps most importantly, America's role in the foreign policy. These weren't vague platitudes, he mentioned Darfur and AIDS specifically.
Oh and by the way, if you want to read DeGraff's article at www.news-record.com you'll have to search for "john edwards" from the homepage, since the website is leading with a local homelessman who was arrested for murder. The man who could be the next president and local son comes to Greensboro, but if it bleeds ...
[Edit: fixed link - gf]