Jan. 3rd, 2003

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A Dash of Ego in the Race
What Makes People Like John Edwards Think They Can Lead?


Working Title: Oh, for fuck's sake.

It's one of the all-time great displays of sheer chutzpah: announcing your candidacy for president.

Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) didn't go quite that far yesterday. He said he was forming an exploratory committee. But everybody knows what that means: He believes deep down that he's the right man to run everything -- even with just four years of experience in the Senate.

By the end of the day, it was reported that Dick Gephardt, the outgoing leader of House Democrats, was prepared to announce that he, too, would form an exploratory committee, joining two previously announced Democratic contenders, Sen. John Kerry (Mass.) and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, with several others waiting in the wings.

It takes a special kind of person to think so highly of his abilities and say so out loud. Every four years, about seven or eight do. The rest of us stare at the ceiling worrying about that stupid remark we made at the New Year's Eve party, or we think we're fat, or we know we're too incompetent to be co-managing a household or raising kids. And then there are those who can smile and earnestly argue that they should be what passes these days for King of the World.

"What is it that swells up inside of somebody and says, 'I can lead us all'?" says Ed Rogers, a Republican consultant who worked in the administrations of President Ronald Reagan and the first President George Bush. Bill "Clinton clearly had it as a very young man. George [W.] Bush came to it later in life."

Surely it's some rare high-test blend of ego, self-confidence, sense of personal destiny and, perhaps, not a little self-delusion...
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Surely it's some rare high-test blend of ego, self-confidence, sense of personal destiny and, perhaps, not a little self-delusion...

from carpeicthus, in comments:

Probably the same impulse that says "I can get paid to write 30 column-inches without saying anything worth-while"

I think we have a winner.

Say _what?_

Jan. 3rd, 2003 08:10 pm
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By Cynthia L. Webb
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• Little Green Footballs and USS Clueless -- Submitted by Jennie Taliaferro of Dallas, who has a cool blog of her own called The Greatest Jeneration.

Ms. Webb, she says, welcomes comments.

Anyone have thoughts they want to share with her about the Washington Post endorsing these "cool" blogs?

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