"Africa is, indeed, coming into fashion." - Horace Walpole (1774)


idle speculation

Chet Edwards for veep? That's not a bad idea. Not a bad idea at all.

Key upsides:
  1. He's a serious Christian. Grew up Methodist, now attends a Baptist church. And, unlike 90% of his party, he knows how to talk to Christians.
  2. The military LOVES him. Fort Hood re-elected him over and over until Tom DeLay redistricted Edwards away from the base.
  3. He knows defense policy.
  4. He supported the Iraq war, which could help with winning moderates. Extreme anti-war rhetoric won't work in the general election, and Obama knows it, even if the DailyKos crazies don't.
  5. Unlike certain governors of other states whose names keep getting tossed around, there aren't any skeletons in his closet. Edwards is a solid guy.
  6. He's figured out how to beat the Republicans in what should be a solidly Republican district.
  7. He knows more about church-state separation than anyone else in Congress.


  1. It's Nancy Pelosi's idea.
  2. He won't bring his home state over to Obama's side.
  3. He understands the importance of church-state separation in government, which doesn't always play well in middle America.
  4. The name Edwards might confuse people who'd think it was a rerun of John Edwards from four years ago.
  5. I'm not sure I can vote for a ticket with an Aggie on it. :)


Blogger Big Daddy Weave said...

I've heard Chet describe himself as a Methodist on two occasions.

Chet and Herb Reynolds were tight but I don't think Herb ever successfully persuaded Chet to officially go Baptist.

Another downside is that the Waco area will lose a fine legislator. Republicans have voted for Chet because he delivers especially at the local level. Go down to Crawford and in those gift shops they have Chet Edwards for Congress bumper stickers. Not many candidates can garner the support of both progressive Dems and Bush-loving Repubs.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 12:48:00 PM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Okay, good point; I'm editing that now.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 2:34:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

BDW, Chet has been a member of Calvary Baptist for years now. His birthday is in the newsletter every year. He may be a Methodist at heart, but his membership is definitely Baptist.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008 9:44:00 PM

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm open to this idea, but I want a VP choice who (a) is a fighter for the ticket and (b) is firmly against the war. They could have voted for it--like John Edwards did or like Dodd or Biden--but they must have repented of this view. (Biden offered a different resolution than the one which passed--it would have restricted Bush much more. He says he underestimated the hubris of this admin.) What ticked me off about Hillary was that she would never admit that she made an error in voting for the war!

I'm intrigued by the possibility of Obama picking retiring GOP Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska--a foreign policy wonk and one of only 2 GOP senators who voted against the war. Hagel has said that he is open to the idea. I am not really thrilled by cross-party presidential tickets, but it would give teeth to Obama's claim to want to be bipartisan. And Hagel appeals hugely to independents. Even an endorsement by him could swing NE. (Since NE isn't winner take all, expect Obama to get at least one electoral vote from there even without Hagel's endorsement.)

These alleged skeletons you see in Bill Richardson's closet--would they make it hard for him to be confirmed as Sec. of State? Or are you thinking of Governors Napolitano, Sebellius, Rendell and/or Strickland?

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 5:43:00 AM

Blogger texasinafrica said...

Yes, if it's true and it got out, it would make confirmation almost impossible.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008 10:28:00 AM


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