National Review, the premier conservative magazine, has posted an article by Andrew Stiles – Targeting Chet Edwards. Although the article is more Beltway than District 17, the fact is that Chet Edwards will have no one to blame but himself if he fails to be re-elected.
Many agree that if this is the year Chet Edwards finally goes down, he will have mostly himself to blame — he has failed to represent constituents’ concerns about spending, taxes, and the deficit, especially in recent years.
Whatever claims Edwards might have to “independent” status were likely squandered during the 2008 presidential campaign when he attempted to sell Barack Obama to the state of Texas as a man of “sound judgment.”
The most telling quote is from Edwards himself.
“I’m used to being a target,” Edwards told the Associated Press. “This year, there’s clearly an anti-Washington environment, and I share those frustrations. I’m sickened by the hyper-partisanship. But I’m working hard at the grassroots level, letting my independent voting record speak for itself.”
It’s like Mad Magazine’s Spy vs. Spy in this Edwards vs. Edwards money quote as he puts on his hyperpartisan Washington persona. He uses a Lakoff spin machine of popularly polled terms like “grassroots level,” “anti-Washington environment,” and “sharing our frustrations” in an effort to make us believe his concerns are our concerns.
It’s good to read about District 17 on a national website. Read the entire article here.