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posted at 10:45 pm on July 17, 2007 by Allahpundit

“He’s like the Kennedys — they’re down to earth people.”

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I don’t have the stomach for this nonsense either. Did Silky’s family run illegal booze ,too?

bbz123 on July 17, 2007 at 10:51 PM

“He’s like the Kennedys — they’re down to into drowning earth people.”

MB4 on July 17, 2007 at 10:53 PM

That’s a very depressing headline. The Kennedy family is the antithesis of down to earth.

Bad Candy on July 17, 2007 at 10:56 PM


“People there can smell a phony. They are very acute judges of sincerity and integrity. They’ll make the verdict.”

We didn’t have running water, we didn’t have a clinic, no black lung compensation,” said Hall. “We still have poverty, a lack of jobs, education and affordable health care.”

She hoped that Edwards’ visit will result in change.

NONSENSE.

Good choice for quote of the day, AP.

Mcguyver on July 17, 2007 at 10:59 PM

The Kennedy family is the antithesis of down to earth.

Bad Candy on July 17, 2007 at 10:56 PM

More like down off a bridge.

infidel4life on July 17, 2007 at 11:00 PM

Sorry, but the only time the Kennedys are “down to earth” is when put there after death.

Idiot quote of the day, you mean. Sheesh.

tickleddragon on July 17, 2007 at 11:01 PM

Heh, Edwards is a phony, the Kennedys are phonies, and look, Al Gore is a phony too, he got busted chowing down on some endangered Chilean Sea Bass.

Allah, you still pissed?

Bad Candy on July 17, 2007 at 11:01 PM

OK, at the risk of banning:

JFK Jr., like John Denver, was a plane down to earth kind of guy.

mikeyboss on July 17, 2007 at 11:04 PM

That’s why the Kennedys pushed so hard for the shamnesty bill, so they could do more and more “Poverty Tours”..

Legions on July 17, 2007 at 11:05 PM

mikey, some things are best left unsaid.

Bad Candy on July 17, 2007 at 11:06 PM

They’re down-to-Earth if you live on Mars.

SouthernGent on July 17, 2007 at 11:09 PM

We didn’t have running water, we didn’t have a clinic, no black lung compensation,” said Hall. “We still have poverty, a lack of jobs, education and affordable health care.”

Someone should tell this poor person about how Edwards & Kennedy live.

amerpundit on July 17, 2007 at 11:09 PM

They’re down in the earth people.

Hening on July 17, 2007 at 11:12 PM

Yes, nanny state nanny state let us win. Reminds me of Kinison’s bit on Ethiopia.

bbz123 on July 17, 2007 at 11:14 PM

People need to read before making the third or fourth Chappaquiddick/Kennedy curse comment. Starts to sound like an echo chamber….

Bad Candy on July 17, 2007 at 11:16 PM

The only time John Edwards was down to earth was when he fell on his baskeball court.

Wait – my bad! His basketball court is indoors.

eeyore on July 17, 2007 at 11:19 PM

Agrees BC. What i want to know is when we get to stop having to paying to clean the conscience of the sins of the Kennedy’s and their ilk.

bbz123 on July 17, 2007 at 11:21 PM

Some one do something!

A town in America with no public education!? How could this happen? Those poor people have been sitting there for 40 years waiting for a Kennedy to come back and build them a school so they can get some learning and make something of themselves.

peacenprosperity on July 17, 2007 at 11:23 PM

“He’s not outgrown his roots. He’d better not have roots showing with the cost of his hair care.
He was raised hard but he’s been blessed to grow and prosper with money and it’s not gone to his head,” Newsome added. His money’s not gone to his head; it’s gone to his hairdresser.
“He’s like the Kennedys — they’re down to earth people.” They all have great hair.

My parents are from Kentucky; I translated this quote for everyone.

PattyAnn on July 17, 2007 at 11:23 PM

Why don’t they move?

Hitchiking is still free.

profitsbeard on July 17, 2007 at 11:27 PM

I hope nobody there holds their breath. Besides didn’t JFK also say “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country”? I just wonder how many there would rather have a hand-out than a hand-up.

boomer on July 17, 2007 at 11:30 PM

Typical limousine liberal treatment of the impoverished. Drag them out for the cameras and then toss them to the side like a dirty dish rag.

csdeven on July 17, 2007 at 11:38 PM

Ted Kennedy’s confidential MySpace entry:

Hi there fellow bloggers. My name is United States Senator Edward Moore Kennedy from the Great State of Massachusetts. You can call me Ted if you want. I was born on February 22, 1932, although people tell me that I look at least 20 years younger.

I graduated from Harvard in June 1956 in the top 10% of my class. I also passed my law bar on my very first try.

I am one of the most senior members of that grand and much loved and respected institution known as the U.S. Senate. All my colleagues respect me and very often come to me for my wise council and advise. I must admit though that when John and Lindsey ask me to turn around and pull my pants down so that they can kiss my ass it does get a little much, but it’s gratifying anyway!

In fact I am so powerful now that I am, in many ways the defacto President of the United States. How’s that for a boy who had to work his way through college?

I am handsome and tall with a muscular build. The ladies just can’t get enough of me. Sometimes I think it is almost a curse.

I sometimes like to chill out after a long day of serving the American people by having a double martini. Contrary to what some of my very few enemies say I never have more than one drink at a time. Well sometimes one for each hand, but that’s it, never two glasses in each hand, except on special occasions like the arrival of 7PM.

I am a lot of fun after work. I am an excellent driver and sometimes I like to go on long drives and see how many bridges I can cross without getting wet. It’s a lot of fun! All the women tell me that I am just too much!

I would like to think that I am open minded, honest, polite, and trustworthy. And I appreciate the same qualities in others.

Who I’d like to meet:
…other progressive bloggers. People who like to rock out. Cool people who live close to Washington D.C. so that we can get together, take all our clothes off, paint 666 on ourselves, and run around stark naked and have a whole lot of fun.

MB4 on July 17, 2007 at 11:48 PM

Typical limousine liberal treatment of the impoverished. Drag them out for the cameras and then toss them to the side like a dirty dish rag.

csdeven on July 17, 2007 at 11:38 PM

It struck me that Mr. and Mrs. Edwards are treating fellow humans as though they are in a zoo. Mr. and Mrs. Edwards are simply strolling along…looking…pointing…commenting about these poor people as though Mr. and Mrs. Edwards are better than they are and therefore can help them out of poverty when every opportunity in America is available without the help of government. It’s disgusting and extremely transparent.

SouthernGent on July 17, 2007 at 11:51 PM

The democrats want these people to stay in poverty.
Exploitation for votes. Lip service.

Kini on July 17, 2007 at 11:51 PM

John Edwards’ confidential MySpace entry:

Hi. My name is Johnny Reid Edwards former Senator from the Great State of North Carolina (actually I don’t think North Carolina is so great and never did, but my advisers have said that I should say that). You can just call me John if you want. I was born on June 10, 1953, although people tell me that I look at least 25 years younger.

I was the very first person in my dirt poor family to attend college. I earned my law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. It was a great accomplishment as I was so poor that I had to work 8 different part time jobs to pay for my tuition and just barely enough food to survive.

After getting my law degree I immediately went on my noble mission to save hundreds of victims of gross corporate negligence and gross medical malpractice. When necessary to win a case to help the poor victim that I was representing I would even feel the presence of dead people inside me, talking to me and through me to the members of the jury. If you don’t think that takes a lot out of a man, just try it sometime. I also split the settlement very fairly with my clients. I was VERY generous to them – 5% for them, 95% for me. More than fair. I mean I was the one who had to channel the dead, wasn’t I!!!

If I do say so myself I am so cute that you just can’t believe it! I have such great hair! I am also very boyish looking in a good way, not in a gay way at all. Did I mention that I have GREAT HAIR!!! Sometimes I think my great looks are almost a curse.

I sometimes like to chill out after a long day of campaigning to save America by eating at Wendy’s. I also like to spend some time at home sprucing up around my modest and humble house. I also like to spend hours in front of the mirror combing my hair. Wouldn’t you too if you had such great hair!!! BUT THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT I AM GAY!!! NOT AT ALL!!! In fact I HATE gays, just don’t tell Elizabeth, OK. Contrary to what some of my very few enemies say I never spend more than $399 on haircuts. That $400 on a haircut is a damn lie, as it included a very generous $1 tip.

I would like to think that I am open minded, honest, polite and straight. And I appreciate the same qualities in others.

Who I’d like to meet:
…other bloggers who grew up in poverty. People who like to help the poor. People with great hair so that I can comb your hair and you can comb mine. It’s going to be great!!!

No gays though. They make me feel icky!!!

MB4 on July 17, 2007 at 11:54 PM

My first important statement:

There is a reason why Kentucky wasn’t a part of the Confederacy. Duly Noted.

My second statement:

Well, they’ve had LBJ, Carter, and the illustrious FIRST BLACK President in the Higher Office and they are STILL in poverty????? Hmmmmm…..

Sounds like a friggin’ Virus to me.

Get off your Asses and find the American Dream on your own! Ain’t nobody in this Country gonna hand it to you on a silver platter.

Why am I wasting my typing fingers on this B.S.?

SouthernPride on July 17, 2007 at 11:57 PM

40 + years of ‘poverty tours’, yet there still is poverty? Doesn’t that tell you that their plan isn’t working?
Oh crap, I forgot it’s all BOOOOSh’s and the evil republican’s fault.
The ppl living in ‘poverty’ in the USA are well blessed compared to most countries. Roof over the head, food on the table, not to mention cable tv and big screen tv’s. Don’t believe me?? Go troll around a project one day.
I have had the fortune to work with quite a few ppl that would be considered to be impoverished, and compared to the world, they are taken care of, by..you know it, the government.
Geez, I wish ppl would wake up and smell the BS!

lsutiger on July 18, 2007 at 12:17 AM

I also passed my law bar on my very first try.
MB4 on July 17, 2007 at 11:48 PM

Interestingly enough, didn’t JFK take his bar exam about seven times before being allowed to take it alone (no one else gets that luxury, BTW) and then swimmingly passed it. Anonymous grading indeed.

Anyway, I am from West “by god” Virginny which is a border state of Kentucky. I agree that rich politicians go to these rural areas and point out poor people like they are a freaking side show. Meanwhile, these people risk their lives every day when they go to work in coal mines, etc. and are still impoverished. But no one ever actually does anything to help them. I saw tons of kids growing up whose parents made “too much money” to get grants but certainly didn’t have the money to send their kids to college so they were often stuck in the cycle. I don’t like the fact that kids of average intelligence with little money can’t even go to college but kids of the same intelligence, but with money, can go to Yale.

Sorry, that’s a long post for me but it really bothers me. Which is why when (that’s right when, not if) I am super-wealthy I fully intend to start as many full scholarships as I can afford for Appalachian kids.

hollygolightly on July 18, 2007 at 12:22 AM

So many people I could quote from. Booze running, bridge-jumping, soul-crushing, ethically challenged…Is being like a Kennedy a good thing?

PowWow on July 18, 2007 at 12:32 AM

hollygolightly – “Interestingly enough, didn’t JFK take his bar exam about seven times before being allowed to take it alone (no one else gets that luxury, BTW) and then swimmingly passed it.”

I belive that it took JFK jr 3 times.

God only knows how many actual times it took Teddy.

MB4 on July 18, 2007 at 12:35 AM

MB4 on July 18, 2007 at 12:35 AM

My bad, I thought he took it more times. Not that the matter of times taken ultimately matters, it’s just interesting that plenty of other people take and retake these crazy tests and, as far as I know, are never granted the luxury of taking their test without 1000 other sneezers and crying nuts taking it next to them.

As for Teddy, I’m sure that has become classified info.

hollygolightly on July 18, 2007 at 12:42 AM

MB4-

Teddy takes his bar exam nightly.

profitsbeard on July 18, 2007 at 12:43 AM

hollygolightly – “As for Teddy, I’m sure that has become classified info.”

Yes, it is probably in a vault somewhere under 24×7 armed guard, right next to John Kerry’s OER’s and first discharge.

MB4 on July 18, 2007 at 12:46 AM

profitsbeard – “Teddy takes his bar exam nightly.”

Good one.

If I get the punch line right away that is no good.

If I don’t get it at all that is no good.

That was just right.

MB4 on July 18, 2007 at 12:49 AM

profitsbeard on July 18, 2007 at 12:43 AM

I believe it’s daily rather than nightly, doesn’t he start at four? After all, it’s 5 o’clock somewhere. Our college excuse was, by the time it hits your system it’s five and that counts, right??

hollygolightly on July 18, 2007 at 12:57 AM

Meh, down to earth – previous posts – more like two earths.

I wish I coulda posted on the previous post. I had something slightly intelligent to say.

But since AllahP cut it off, there’s no iPhone Justice.

Kini on July 18, 2007 at 1:06 AM

The democrats want these people to stay in poverty.
Exploitation for votes. Lip service.

Kini on July 17, 2007 at 11:51

While I’m a registered Independent, I’ve always thought that Republicans like rich people. They wish there were more of them.

Democrats like poor people, and wish there were more ofthem

soundingboard on July 18, 2007 at 1:11 AM

Republicans like rich people. They wish there were more of them.-soundingboard on July 18, 2007 at 1:11 AM

I think it is that Reps like people who get their butts out of bed and make their way though life honorably. This ‘down to Earth’ Edwards flim-flam (a true American enterprise) is about ‘I’ll promise you anything someone else has to provide’. One born every minute.

Limerick on July 18, 2007 at 1:29 AM

Down to earth. Hmmm. From the bowels of it maybe.

OT, but you really should take a look at this.

Apparently the DIO now takes Visa for online armaments orders (shipment to Iraq free I’m sure). What I really think is laughable is Joe Cochrane’s comparison between the site of Iran’s DIO and that of an online Texas Gun Store. I’m sure you can imagine the advertisement -

Narrator w/cheesy movie voice: “Slaves, drugs & weapons pass through this nondescript market daily. If you can think of it, it can be bought. But if you come here, bring your militia – and your Visa card. Because Iran doesn’t accept Traveler’s Checks, or American Express. Don’t forget! Buy authentic DIO online or at Crazy Baghdad Bob’s Weapon Emporium and receive DOUBLE FREQUENT FLIER MILES!!!!! Perfect for that one way trip…”

How much you wanna bet somebody’s got an ad on DhimmiTube?

Suihei Deloi on July 18, 2007 at 1:29 AM

Well, I guess that’s it. Add “down to earth” to the list of phrases that no longer mean anything.

Thanks, jackass.

MikeZero on July 18, 2007 at 1:48 AM

MB4, your “myspace” pages for Killer and Silk Pony are extremely well done. Bravo!

georgej on July 18, 2007 at 2:52 AM

What an idiot. President Johnson solved the poverty problem in the 60′s. Duh!

Mojave Mark on July 18, 2007 at 9:04 AM

“I’m a dem…vote for me and I’ll make sure you stay down exactly where you are!!!”

DCJeff on July 18, 2007 at 9:37 AM

I also liked these from the article:

“A haircut’s a haircut. You can get the same one for $10,” said James Rudd, a 28-year-old Whitesburg resident who’s spent the past 10 years mining coal. “If he’s so big on poverty, then why don’t he give the other $390 to some homeless person?”

and

Edwards’ campaign has said his lifestyle of means shouldn’t hurt his candidacy, pointing out the nation’s 37 million living in poverty and that nearly all the leading candidates running for president in 2008 are wealthy, as well as those in the past who have championed poverty — including Kennedy.

nailinmyeye on July 18, 2007 at 9:46 AM

Teddy takes his bar exam nightly.

profitsbeard on July 18, 2007 at 12:43 AM

Ha ha hahaha! That’s hilarious!!

4shoes on July 18, 2007 at 12:04 PM

Huh, Edwards in Kentucky? Thought I smelled hair care products…
/from Louisville

Viewtifulgare on July 18, 2007 at 12:19 PM