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The ad: Edwards: This system is corrupt. And it's rigged. And it's rigged against you. Announcer: Finally, someone telling the truth. Edwards: And we can say as long as we get Democrats in, everything's gonna be okay. It's a lie. It is not the truth. Do you really believe if we replace a crowd of corporate Republicans with a crowd of corporate Democrats that anything meaningful's going to change? This has to stop. It's that simple.

Analysis: This is an attack ad that doesn't mention the person being attacked. But anyone with a passing familiarity with the campaign will know that Edwards is talking about Hillary Clinton.

The New Hampshire spot matches what Edwards has been saying about Clinton on the trail: that she is the Washington establishment's candidate, beholden to big-money interests, and does not represent real change. He even uses the word "lie" to suggest that Clinton is deceiving voters. In this narrative, the former plaintiff's attorney casts himself as the populist outsider who will take on the greedy corporations.

Had Edwards named Clinton, or even shown a picture of her, he would risk a voter backlash against negative campaigning. Instead, he is sending a coded message that makes his target perfectly clear.

--Howard Kurtz

Posted at 2:00 PM ET on Dec 5, 2007  | Category:  Ad Watch
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Edwards is hanging in there, even though the Beltway types who hate him have frozen him out of any coverage, and treat the race as though only HRC and Obama were in it. That means his message is resonating with people, and so it should.

The more the Village hates Edwards, the more I think that makes him the right man.

And could we please have smarter Republican trolls? I know it's hard for you guys, and there aren't many of you left, but still....

Posted by: lambert_strether1 | December 6, 2007 7:57 AM

John Edwards is pretty but that's not all he's got going for him. He is bright, successful on his own (not living off his family's money), and has the courage to speak out honestly and doesn't tippy toe around the truth. I believe he defended the little guy against the large corporations in court and that is where he knows the name of the game as well. He knows what he is talking about. He's been a senator and saw first hand how the corrupt system is rigged against the regular "joe". JOHN IS THE REAL DEAL AND THAT'S WHY THE CORPORATE MEDIA IGNORES HIM BECAUSE THEY WANT THE CANDIDATE THEY KNOW THEY CAN BEAT EASILY GET THE NOMINATION. EITHER HILLARY OR OBAMA WILL DO FOR THE REPUGS. THEY CAN HANDLE THEM EASILY. IT'S LIKE IN "A FEW GOOD MEN" the movie. Some people can't handle the truth and become offended. They want to pretend that everything isn't as bad as it really is. Most Americans need to wake up and do the real reading and research to find out how damaged this country has become under the Bush Rule. This country needs the courage and leadership of a strong and decent person like John Edwards.

Posted by: eahildebrand | December 5, 2007 6:34 PM

CLINTON SLEAZE WILL INVIGORATE GOP, DISPIRIT DEMOCRATS AND SINK DEMOCRATIC TICKET
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It is possible that Senator Clinton is the best candidate. However, even though many may like the policies that Senator Clinton proposes, they should also consider her record, just as Senator Clinton insists.
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The last Clinton Administration, when faced with the fact that protection rackets where assaulting, torturing and murdering people with poison and radiation, chose to avoid its responsibilities to incarcerate the criminals and to protect the citizenry.
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Instead, they made a deal with the criminal gang stalker protection rackets to leave them alone and to consequently abandon the citizenry.
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Do we want a President who sells out the citizenry for votes?
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Do we want a President who sends a \"crime does pay\" message to society?
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Would you vote for a President who signed nonaggression deals with the KKKlan or the Nazi party? Gangs that torture with poison and radiation are much like the KKKlan and Nazi Party.
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We do not need a sellout President. We need a principled leader President.
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If you are one of the few who do not know what the above refers to, do a web search for "gang stalking" to see the tip of the dirtberg. Please do it before you decide to reply to my post. Here let me make it easy for you: http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22gang+stalking%22.
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Posted by: avraamjack | December 5, 2007 6:18 PM

Mr Kurtz is quite sure of his interpretation. Is it really appropriate for a reporter to substitute so much of his opinion and conjecture for actual facts and events? I hope not, not that that stops Mr Kurtz.

Posted by: zukermand | December 5, 2007 4:53 PM

Geez, tried typing too quick!

But now that I am not worried about losing the space:

What exactly is Pretty Boy saying? That he does not want any Corporations involved, or that he is tired of just suing Doctors, and now wants to destroy American businesses too?

His attempts to level a Class War would be much better orchestrated out of something other than a Mansion!

See, if I was after the Haves, I would be especially after Tort Lawyers!

Posted by: rat-the | December 5, 2007 4:31 PM

Prvious Poster should become the Poster Child for the Dims!

Barack Obasama-09! LMFAO!

Posted by: rat-the | December 5, 2007 4:26 PM

I think Barack Obama will make a good president and Edward a good vice-president.

My first pick is Barack Obama, l love him because he is honest and straightforward.

President Barack Obama '09

Posted by: nkgilb | December 5, 2007 2:21 PM

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