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And my former senator kicked ass on 'This Week'

On This Week with George Stephanopoulos, John Edwards didn’t hold back with these thoughts about Dear Leader:

Former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., says George W. Bush is the “worst president of our lifetime,” and “absolutely” worse than Watergate-tainted President Richard M. Nixon.

In an exclusive appearance on “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” the former presidential and vice presidential contender said of Bush, “He’s done a variety of things — things which are going to take us forever to recover from.

“You have to give Bush and Cheney and gang credit for being good at politics — you know, good at political campaigns…They’re very good at dividing the country and taking advantage of it. What they’re not good at is governing, and it shows every single day in this administration. And the country is paying a huge price for that.”

And Darth Cheney got a swift kick to the keister as well.

“It is not an accident that he’s unbelievably poorly thought of,” Edwards said. “He is one of — if not the — principal architects of this disaster in Iraq. He put us on an energy path that the American people are paying an enormous price for right now. He paid little to no attention to making sure the government was prepared to respond to the kind of disaster that hit our Gulf Coast. We’ve got a health care crisis going on, he’s had no proposal of any kind that I know of. And people don’t trust him anymore, which is understandable. I wouldn’t trust him.”

As far as whether he’s thinking of running in ’08, he only said that he “was thinking about it.”

Edwards’s launching pad for 2008 is called One America Committee. He needs to re-articulate what civil rights and liberties he feel gay and lesbian taxpaying citizens are entitled to. Here are some of the knowns, based on his public statements to date:

* the recognition of partnership benefits
* changing our immigration and adoption laws, so that they provide equality to gay and lesbian couples
* a re-examination of the “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy
* he’s taken the punt of “let the states decide” on whether to ban or allow same-sex marriage.

As we’ve discussed ad nauseum, Dems taking this position are saying civil equality should be something decided at the ballot box, something they never would have said to Dr. King.

On his blog, Edwards praised the life and work of Coretta Scott King, who spoke early and often about full civil equality for gays and lesbians.

“Our nation owes her a debt of gratitude for all of her efforts to bring about peace and equality both here in America and around the world. Today, we must continue her legacy by working to end poverty, so all Americans have the same opportunity to realize the American dream. We honor Coretta Scott King by carrying on her commitment to ensuring civil rights and justice for all Americans.”

I would hope that he has come to embrace the idea that allowing states to decide to enshrining discrimination into their state constitutions against taxpaying citizens is wrong. But I’m not holding my breath.

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Pam Spaulding

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