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John Kerry On John Edwards


Bob Shrum is a political power broker, and he’s about to unleash a new book about the Democrats, his life in the party and the back door deals he witnessed.

It should be a hell of a read, and this passage in particular about an experience that John Kerry had with John Edwards is particularly chilling…

Kerry talked with several potential picks, including Gephardt and Edwards. He was comfortable after his conversations with Gephardt, but even queasier about Edwards after they met. Edwards had told Kerry he was going to share a story with him that he’d never told anyone elseâ€â€?that after his son Wade had been killed, he climbed onto the slab at the funeral home, laid there and hugged his body, and promised that he’d do all he could to make life better for people, to live up to Wade’s ideals of service. Kerry was stunned, not moved, because, as he told me later, Edwards had recounted the same exact story to him, almost in the exact same words, a year or two beforeâ€â€?and with the same preface, that he’d never shared the memory with anyone else. Kerry said he found it chilling, and he decided he couldn’t pick Edwards unless he met with him again.

Makes me think yet again about Edwards’ decision to run while Elizabeth is sick.

How about you?