Saturday, January 05, 2008

Mrs. Edwards Doesn't Know Her Horses

from Michelle Malkin's blog:

"At both a rally in Manchester this morning and the event in Nashua this afternoon, Elizabeth Edwards played into the horserace analogies of the presidential contest by comparing her husband to the legendary racehorse Seabiscuit.

"'Seabiscuit was the horse of the working class, you know, owned by a bicycle repairman, and ridden by someone who wasn’t supposed to be able to make it,' she said in Nashua. 'But that’s what this campaign is about, isn’t it? The dog who wasn’t supposed to be able to make it.'"

Uhm, Mrs. Edwards? Seabiscuit's owner, Mr. Charles Howard, might have started as a bicycle repairman when he first came to San Francisco, but he quickly saw opportunity and began repairing autos. In fact, he opened the first Buick dealership on the West Coast.

By the time he owned Seabiscuit, he was wealthy, owning homes in San Francisco and a ranch in Sonoma county. He paid $8,000 for Seabiscuit--not an insignificant sum of money for a racehorse.

I'm getting weary about both Edwardses playing up the "working man" connection. It's not a sin to be rich, especially if you've worked hard for it. The fact a bicycle repairman could become rich enough to own a racing stable (for Mr. Howard owned more horses than just Seabiscuit) used to be a point of pride--anyone could work their way up the ladder (with emphasis on work) in the U.S. Even the son of a millworker could go to college, become a lawyer, then a U.S. Senator, and dream of being President.

That's not a bad thing, Mrs. Edwards. Obscuring the facts, however, is.