Monday, August 11, 2008

August 11: Who Speaks For the Poor Now? Not Dems, Evidently

By Sylvia Gurinsky

Former Sen. John Edwards is toxic - no other word will do at this point - with the revelations of his personal problems. His once-effective discussion of "Two Americas" - one rich, one poor - no longer has credibility coming from him, at least for the forseeable future.

But the issue of Two Americas is still relevant. An Associated Press analysis last week of Edward's troubles questioned who might pick up the banner in the Democratic Party.

The party of FDR, Truman, JFK and RFK now has almost no one prominent to speak up for the poor? Without Edwards, the most effective spokesperson is Sen. Edward Kennedy, who is currently battling a brain tumor.

It lends credence to a comment in the current movie release "Swing Vote" by young Molly Johnson (played so well by 12-year-old actress Madeline Carroll) that she registered her father, Bud (played by Kevin Costner), as an Independent because neither of the two major parties speaks for the working poor.

Actually, there is a prominent Democrat who can go very far by speaking very loudly for those who are impoverished. It's a man who spent a good deal of his adult life working to help the poor before he entered politics.

His name? Barack Obama.

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