Nice Try, Byron
Over at the National Review, Byron York is trying to undercut John Edwards' credentials as a populist. York hints that if Edwards made big money at the hedge fund he worked for, he could not be an anti-poverty crusader.
"How much Edwards made from his work with Fortress will be critical to his carefully-cultivated image as an anti-poverty crusader. That image has already been damaged somewhat by personal extravagances like a new 28,000 square-foot mansion and a $400 haircut. If he took home hedge-fund-sized money from Fortress, rival Democratic candidates, not to mention Republicans, will likely have a field day."
This attack is both illogical and (say it with me) intellectually dishonest.
First, let's take the illogical. One of the foremost anti-poverty crusaders in this world is Bono, of U2 fame. My guess is Bono doesn't live in an adobe hut. I also guess he does not fly coach during his travels. And I imagine he makes a decent living in the record business, what with ticket sales and tour promotions and commercials et. al. Does that mean he's not a true anti-poverty crusader? Of course not. Bono's income has nothing to do with his intent, and the same goes for Bill Gates, Ted Turner, etc. etc. York must know this, but obviously, he doesn't care. Oh, by the way, in the last 100 years or so, no President did more for the downtrodden in this country than FDR. He wasn't poor, now was he Byron?
As for the intellectually dishonest part, well, let's get to the GOP's man, George W. Bush. He has a carefully-cultivated image as a man of the people, right? Just your average blue collar Joe, the kind of guy we'd like to drink a beer with at the bar. Well, George Bush went to the most elite schools in the country, grew up with wealth, power and influence, and the only blue collar he ever had was the one on his navy blazer he had to wear for the Skull and Crossbones Society functions. So Byron, were you all lying about George Bush being an average guy or does personality and intent matter than the trappings of wealth?