Has John Edwards, the wealthy, smooth-talking-yet-one-of-the-guys former senator-but-wannabe-president, been following the example of his mentor John Kerry, the wealthy, smooth talking but one of the guys senator but wannabe president, by flip flopping? David Postman of the Seattle Times reports: Democratic Presidential candidate John Edwards has been urging supporters to demonstrate against the war at Memorial Day parades. The Hill reported a week ago that Edward's anti-war Web site, supporthetroopsendthewar.com, suggested that people make signs that say: "SUPPORT THE TROOPS -- END THE WAR." The paper quoted the Edwards site as saying:
Bring them to your local Memorial Day parade. Then take a digital photo of yourself and your family or friends holding up the poster and tell us about it. We'll include it in a 'Democracy Photo Album' on our site."
But now, after some criticism, Edwards' site has been modified to honor Memorial Day itself.
Edwards' site now says Monday (italics added) should be off limits for such demonstrations.
Buy a bunch of poster-board and markers. At a picnic or with family and friends, make signs that say "SUPPORT THE TROOPS - END THE WAR." Bring them to your local Memorial Day parade. Many parades are held on Saturday or Sunday. If your parade is on Monday, however, we ask that you choose another action to honor the fallen. Then take a digital photo of yourself and your family or friends holding up the poster and tell us about it. We'll include it in a "Democracy Photo Album" on our site.
Will Edwards' supporters listen to their leader? And
So what made Edwards change his mind about Monday? I'll let you know if I hear back.