John Edwards had a tough week. Not only has he descended into an immature name-calling obsession over Ann Coulter, not only did the Wall Street Journal expose him as a towering hypocrite on predatory lending, but on Friday Edwards demonstrated that he has no real knowledge of foreign affairs or of movies -- even the films he recommends. When pressed in Iowa as to whether the US should adopt the Cuban model for healthcare, his answer exposed his lightweight status (h/t CQ reader Rush L):
When an Iowa resident asked former senator John Edwards Thursday whether the United States should follow the Cuban healthcare model, the 2004 vice presidential contender deflected the question by saying he didn't know enough to answer the question.
"I'm going to be honest with you -- I don't know a lot about Cuba's healthcare system," Edwards, D-N.C., said at an event in Oskaloosa, Iowa. "Is it a government-run system?"
But just three days earlier, the candidate was asked a question about the Michael Moore documentary "Sicko" -- which focuses extensively on the Cuban healthcare system.
As Willie Nelson's classic "On the Road Again" blared, Edwards leaned out of a window of his campaign bus dubbed "Fighting for One America", to hear an off-camera voice howl, "I wanted to ask ya, is it required that everyone go see "Fahrenheit 9/11" and "Sicko"?
Edwards, in between autographs outside Dan's Pizzeria in Onawa, Iowa, replies, "I watched Sicko," later adding, "It's a great movie."
Three days earlier, he not only said that he had watched Sicko, but that he thought it was a great movie. Given that Sicko paints the Cuban government-run health care system in the best possible light, it would be impossible to escape that movie without knowing its central control by the Castro regime. The Left, which has supported Edwards' campaign, has long held up the Cuban system as the model for transforming the American system.
Yet in Iowa, three days after professing the greatness of Sicko, Edwards insisted he didn't know anything about the Cuban health-care system. ABC News enhanced the audio of the earlier quote, and Edwards can be heard saying that he hadn't quite gotten to the end of the film -- but how dense does Edwards have to be to know that Cuba has a government-run system? In Cuba, the government controls every industry, and insists that the health-care system is their greatest success.
"Is it a government-run system?" Where has Edwards lived for the last 48 years? If he doesn't know that the Cuban government is a totalitarian system that runs everything, what else doesn't he know? Is he aware that Iran is a theocracy? Does he think that Syria is a liberal democracy? Can he even find Cuba on a map?
It seems as though John Edwards wants to prove that he has no business running for office. In the past week, he proved that he doesn't have the temperament for it. He also proved that he doesn't have the intellect and insight for the Presidency as well. Other than ego, he may be the least qualified candidate in the race.
UPDATE and BUMP, 8/20: Rush Limbaugh adds his humorous take on the Edwards story (and links back to me as well), but asks a serious question after watching the Iowa debate yesterday:
Does it ring your bell that nobody asked John Edwards about his $16 million dollar investment in Fortress Financial which foreclosed on 34 or 38 New Orleanians -- which is where he announced his campaign, where he had the poverty tour? If Mitt Romney had invested $16 million in a company foreclosing on the homes of Katrina victims, do you think he'd get asked about it? Damn right he would! Stephanopoulos didn't bring it up. Neither did any of the candidates. But we will.
Well, we will, as long as don't take silly advice to ignore the #3 candidate in the Democratic primary.
UPDATE III: Thanks to Rich Lowry at The Corner for the link!