Sunday, January 28, 2007

Senator Edwards' new digs

Senator Edwards and his wife have been building a $6 million estate near Chapel Hill. It sounds like quite a place. Carolina Journal has the picture and details of the estate. The building plans show
the Edwards home totaling 28,200 square feet of connected space. The main house is 10,400 square feet and has two garages. The recreation building, a red, barn-like building containing 15,600 square feet, is connected to the house by a closed-in and roofed structure of varying widths and elevations that totals 2,200 square feet.

The main house is all on one level except for a 600-square-foot bedroom and bath area above the guest garage.

The recreation building contains a basketball court, a squash court, two stages, a bedroom, kitchen, bathrooms, swimming pool, a four-story tower, and a room designated "John's Lounge."
But don't worry - there is no conflict between worrying about the "two Americas" and all the poor and hopeless in America and building this dream estate. Lots of wealthy people from Teddy Kennedy to John Kerry to Al Gore have spouted populist messages.

Senator Edwards' wife says it's just a sign of how John Edwards wants to spend time with his family, albeit in a secluded estate.
Elizabeth Edwards said the gym fulfilled her husband's dream of having his own basketball court to use when he wished.

"Every kid who grew up in North Carolina has exactly the same dream," she said. "Even though he is 53 and not in basketball shape, he goes down and shoots."

The racquetball court, Elizabeth Edwards said, was a sort of "valentine" from her husband to help with her lifelong battles to control her weight.

She said that there is nothing "grandiose" about the house and that it was designed to be a functional home with room for her children to play outdoors and a large kitchen to entertain friends and family.

"This house is a truly fabulous family home," she said. "The house has one fireplace, no grand staircase.
Well, that's a relief. Only one fireplace to keep them warm in North Carolina's moderate climate. And no grand staircase for a house all on one level - well, that settles it. It's just like everyone else's home that has its own basketball and racquetball court in their "recreation building."

I wonder how all those poor and downtrodden that Edwards appeals to as he criss-crosses the country asking for their votes relate to the Edwards' version of a "family home."

Mary Katharine Ham has some fun with the story of John Edwards' new estate.
Listen, I got no problem with the guy being rich and spending his money how he wishes, but it is supremely obnoxious that just about every liberal politican lives like the top 1 percent they've been denigrating for the past six years. That 1 percent is full of George Bush's buddies, but Democrats know none of them, right? The rich are not evil. For the most part, they are people who have worked hard at something they're good at, and the market has deemed them worthy of healthy payment.

Sadly, John Edwards spent his working career building this luxurious life for himself from fairly humble beginnings, and he will spend the rest of his political career trying to convince the rest of America that his story is an impossibility in "George Bush's America."

"Hey, thanks capitalism! Now that I've made it, the rest of y'all enjoy socialism. Love, John Edwards."

I smell a campaign slogan.
See, the rich are not evil when they are Democrats. It's only some "other" rich who are making it on the backs of the poor people.