Friday, January 11, 2008


Moldy City in August, quoting a July Economist article:
John Edwards trails in third place. But his policy ideas are shaping the Democratic presidential race
The combination of bold goals and mainstream means is evident in two other Edwards plans: health care and energy reform. And it is why his campaign, regardless of its electoral fortunes, is shaping the Democratic race. Unable to dismiss his proposals as crazy radicalism, the other candidates have to be both bolder and more detailed than they would like.
But even if the man himself does not make it, the Democrats' presidential platform will be shaped by Mr Edwards's plans.

Ezra Klein the following January, quoting Chris Hayes:
No matter who wins the Democratic nomination, the fact remains that the Edwards campaign has set the domestic policy agenda for the entire field. He was the first with a bold universal healthcare plan, the first with an ambitious climate change proposal that called for cap-and-trade, and the leader on reforming predatory lending practices and raising the minimum wage to a level where it regains its lost purchasing power....Ultimately, though, the Edwards campaign has been both a campaign and a cause, with the latter outperforming the former. Few remember that the signature economic policy of Bill Clinton's presidency, balancing the budget, originated as a plank in the platform of his primary rival Paul Tsongas. If the next Democratic President manages to pass universal healthcare or a carbon cap-and-trade, we'll owe the Edwards campaign a significant debt.

Updated: My comment at American Prospect:
I doubt there was any intentional plagiarism involved, but I suspect that Hayes subconciously remembered the July 19th, Economist article "Man of the Left."

Of course, I left out a third possibility -- Chris Hayes could have arrived at that line of thought on his own. The thought of also-rans changing the debate isn't a novel concept. If Chris Hayes did subconsciously remember the Economist article, it's sure nice to know that writers for the Nation read New Orleans blogs.

In a totally meaningless vaguely Edwards-related matter, I couldn't help but think of recent discussion at Oyster's when I read the following:
Washington Times Names Controversial Reporter John Solomon As New ‘Executive Editor’

Not that Solomon's subsequent appointment has anything to do with the earlier discussion, or anything else for that matter.

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