July 08, 2004

Bring Me a Shrubbery

by PG

Survivor: Blogosphere Challenge #1 -- discuss the law or a legal issue as it relates to President Bush or to the presidential election generally.

Today's Washington Post declares, "In choosing Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) as his running mate, Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) has pushed the volatile issue of tort reform onto center stage in the presidential campaign, intensifying splits between consumer and business interests and lobbies."

While many politicians have J.D.s, they often use them as stepping-stones to politics, as with Bill Clinton's Attorney Generalship of Arkansas after he was defeated in his first Congressional campaign. Or in Hillary Rodham Clinton's case, they work for public interest groups such as the Children's Defense Fund and for corporate law firms. Prosecuting criminals and lobbying for children's welfare are pursuits to which few people can object, and Republicans who like to portray themselves as business-friendly cannot take shots at an attorney who works on behalf of businesses.

In contrast, John Edwards's career in the plaintiffs' bar, not to mention the monetary success derived from it and the campaign funds raised from fellow lawyers, looks to be an obvious target for the GOP.

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