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December 27, 2007

Clocking Edwards

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Edwards-AirportI’m not making excuses for John Edwards’ tardiness.

Still, with a week to go before the Iowa caucus, this NYT hit job — citing how Edwards consistently runs late for campaign events — is a nasty character attack.  Although it is understandable a campaign would offer standard excuses for being late, the Times publishes a slew of them (“In Iowa, he occasionally blames the weather — even when it’s not snowing”), intimating that Edwards and his allegedly finger-pointing staff are “buck passers” at best, liars at worst.   

The photo, showing Edwards with an aide in an airport, is a curious accompaniment.  Given the context of the article, one impression is that John is “still” at the airport while people are waiting for him.  The gesture, the thumb up with the knuckles folded under, generally alludes to something pending, missed or just passed.  Combine the quizzical or skeptical-looking squint with the thrust of the article, and you could almost imagine Edwards, running late once again, instructing the aide to “make something up,” or “just tell ‘em anything.”

Of course, the gesture also pulls for “take a hike.” 

Edwards Gets Demerits for Tardiness on the Trail

(Note: I’m still roaming around Northern California, so my posting schedule might be slightly effected for a couple more days.)

(image: Yana Paskova for The New York Times.  2007.

  • margaret

    Tardiness will not tank a candidate: Bill Clinton was always late, and when he arrived, he always talked too long.
    I think the Times is just doing its Hillary thing….backing the home town girl.

  • NVMojo

    OMG! Such pettiness!

  • Cactus

    We already know that if the NYT covers Edwards at all, it will be something to pick at. Have they ever given him a positive, or even a balanced reporting?
    Same old same old.
    More to the point, what are the Iowa papers saying about him?

  • lytom

    First it was a haircut, now this “trivial pursuit of time”, how much can people tolerate?! :-)
    What else will they find out about Edwards from the media before the vote?
    Would that lateness be so terrible for the President?
    Is there any indication that the public is concerned about other issues like IQ? How about liars?
    Now the media does not seem to be making issues of those qualities bush has!

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