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Opening Arguments

John Boy

If you were humiliated off the national stage after being discovered in a sleazy affair while your spouse was dying from cancer, would you be shameless enough to ask for $35,000 to deliver a speech and brazen enough to talk about everything but the affair and take only written queries so you could duck it in the question-and-answer period, too? If you can find dunces willing to go along with it, why not?

On Tuesday night, Indiana junior Pat Buschman, new external vice chairman of IU's College Republicans, said he thought the selection of Edwards as a speaker was inappropriate because of his personal life.

"I think that for $35,000, you could have gotten a better speaker, with all the stuff coming out of him," Buschman said.

Well, at least they're our dunces. Let the rehabilitation begin! (Take a cue from Ted Haggard and do the secular version of his "I have sinned!" abject apology. "I have hurt my family, and I take full responsibility!" You'll be on "Oprah" and back in the DNC's good graces in no time.)

Let's see, at $35,000 a pop, just one speech a week would gross $1.8 million a year, and two a week would bring in $3.6 million. Man, where did we go wrong in life?


tim zank
Wed, 11/12/2008 - 11:06am

I'm sure I.U. alums are soooooo proud of that decision. 'Nuff of a reason for me to never write 'em another check.


Wed, 11/12/2008 - 11:27am

How much does that war hero guy get per speech, the one who ditched his wife the gimp for his mistress the beer baroness?

Leo Morris
Wed, 11/12/2008 - 11:51am

I could see your McCain and raise you a Clinton, then you could pull your Gingrich out of the hole, and we could tit for tat each other all the way back to Eisenhower and FDR. But I'll just concede your point -- McCain was a cold, calculating dog. I presume your intent was not to use McCain's shortcomings to excuse Edwards'.

tim zank
Wed, 11/12/2008 - 12:24pm

We all know Alex would not stoop to such a thing. Justifying someones bad behavior by pointing to others bad behavior has never been a hallmark of the left...oh wait a minute....


Bob G.
Wed, 11/12/2008 - 1:31pm

And we all KNOW that bad behavior IS REWARDED...
Just look at the WALL ST. BAIL-OUT!

(I rest my case)