One cannot correct bad judgment post-facto--not even John Edwards. Despite his apology, the fact remains that John Edwards voted to authorize and support the war in Iraq (senate.gov). John Edwards' apology is nothing more than an acknowledgment that he got it wrong, that he had bad judgment in the first place. There is no reason to believe that his judgment has improved since this historically catastrophic mistake.
Now that the war in Iraq is unpolular, John Edwards supports an immediate withdrawal of at least 40,000 US troops and the rest within a year and a half (johnedwards.com). I believe that the kind of rushed bad judgment from John Edwards that got us into this mess is exactly the kind of judgment that we need to move away from. I fear that he will continue to cater to public opinion instead of making smart foreign policy decisions. John Edwards has shown that he has bad judgment, our troops and our nation can't afford any more bad judgment.
Reasons NOT to vote for John Edwards
John Edwards would be a bad President. This judgment is based on my personal assessment of his leadership abilities and his policies. There are many logical reasons not to vote for John Edwards which I will explore on this blog. I hope that you join me in this important discussion by posting comments and sending me your "reasons" at firstname.lastname@example.org. In order to maintain the integrity of an intellectual discussion, there are two rules that will govern all content on this blog: 1. personal attacks will not be tolerated and 2. every "reason" must be factual and must cite sources.