The Silk Pony's 'Soup Line America' Tour
Edwards Got Rich Hurting the Poor
By Charles Hurt
Trailing in the polls, John Edwards spent the past week telling the poor and downtrodden how much he cares about them. He even insisted that his Kennedy-esque "poverty tour" was not part of his campaign to capture the White House.
Yeah, just like all those years he spent latched to the back bumper of an ambulance were all out of the goodness of his heart. That and the $38 million fortune he amassed as the most successful personal-injury lawyer in North Carolina history. What made Edwards such a brilliant attorney - and a pretty good politician - is his ability to look you in the eye while picking your pocket and convince you that's really not his hand on your wallet.
And so he stopped in the hinterlands of Wise, Va., to commiserate with the poor there who can't afford health care. Even if they could, they'd have to drive a hundred miles to find a doctor.
"We're here to help," Edwards assured them.
There are plenty of causes for this sad heath-care situation. But Edwards wasn't talking about one of the biggest causes - the cause he is among the most responsible for.