In the last paragraph of that story, which I wrote with a colleague, Richard W. Stevenson, an unnamed “Bush associate” was quoted as referring to Mr. Edwards as “the Breck Girl of politics.” Another Bush adviser, again unnamed, was quoted as saying of Senator John Kerry of Massachusetts, “he looks French.”
This is classic Edwards:
Mr. Edwards’ advisers argued over the weekend that the financial circumstances of his life – he became wealthy as a trial lawyer – should not detract from the sincerity of his message, or the depth of his concern about issues of poverty.
Translation: That Edwards is very wealthy and shares nothing in common with the classes he incites to warfare with his hyperbole shouldn't be used against him. Also, the hypocrisy that he exhibits when insisting that other people should be willing to give up their wealth without even offering his should never, ever be mentioned in public. And by all means, no one should ever call Edwards a power whore.