Ouch

In which Russ Feingold says everything that needs to be said about John Edwards (via Stoller):

The one that is the most problematic is (John) Edwards, who voted for the Patriot Act, campaigns against it. Voted for No Child Left Behind, campaigns against it. Voted for the China trade deal, campaigns against it. Voted for the Iraq war … He uses my voting record exactly as his platform, even though he had the opposite voting record.
When you had the opportunity to vote a certain way in the Senate and you didn’t, and obviously there are times when you make a mistake, the notion that you sort of vote one way when you’re playing the game in Washington and another way when you’re running for president, there’s some of that going on.

Exactly. Watching the debate Tuesday night, at least three votes of his, on everything from the war, to the bankruptcy bill, to Yucca Mountain, were shown to be in complete contradiction to his current platform. And that didn’t seem to trouble him at all. There’s this weird notion among progressives, particularly in the netroots, that his actual record as a politician is irrelevant or off-limits in evaluating his candidacy, which is beyond silly. If anything, candidates’ rhetoric on the trail should be subordinate to their actual voting record, not the other way around.

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