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Last week Newsweek was praising Democratic candidate Jonathan Edwards for providing voters with a refreshing honest voice, a major departure from the standard diplomatic rhetoric adopted by his opponents. Unfortunately, his honesty this week might also be his downfall, at … Read More

By / February 21, 2007

Last week Newsweek was praising Democratic candidate Jonathan Edwards for providing voters with a refreshing honest voice, a major departure from the standard diplomatic rhetoric adopted by his opponents. Unfortunately, his honesty this week might also be his downfall, at least with the Jewish constituency.

The political star system has its built-in tensions, to be sure. Adam Venit, a honcho at Endeavor, hosted a reception for John Edwards at his agency the other day. Not present was Venit's partner, Ari Emanuel, who threw a hot Obama bash not long ago and whose brother, Rahm, may (or may not) remain in the Hillary camp.

At the same time, Hollywood loves box office, and Al Gore's documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth," has become Paramount's single most profitable release. Suddenly Gore is a star again.

There are other emerging fissures, as well. The aggressively photogenic John Edwards was cruising along, detailing his litany of liberal causes last week until, during question time, he invoked the "I" word — Israel. Perhaps the greatest short-term threat to world peace, Edwards remarked, was the possibility that Israel would bomb Iran's nuclear facilities. As a chill descended on the gathering, the Edwards event was brought to a polite close.

Maybe Jonathan Edwards could get some advice from Hillary as to how to proceed after making a major faux pas in front of a Jewish lobby or better yet, take pointers from Obama on how not to piss people off and get them to like you. And if all else fails, abandon the ethical route and just fire those bloggers already.

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