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Alright, yes, he had an affair. Yes, he lied about it numerous times. Yes, this occurred while he was campaigning for the highest office in America. Yes, this will probably end any major political ambitions that Edwards might have held, as it well should. Yes, he is sleazy and should rightfully have a lot of work to do with his family to reconcile for his actions. But should we really be surprised? Furthermore, should we really disregard everything the man has ever said or stood for? There are a few things to bear in mind, while this story plays out in the public eye.
#1. Personal vs. Public
Edwards' conduct was, and should be, a personal matter. Yes, the public should know about it, but we don't need to delve into the sordid details of his affair. This is something that should remain between him and his family. His affair does not affect public policy or the direction that the United States is headed. If his campaign made improper payments for services this woman provided, then by all means, that should be investigated. But contrast Edwards' improper conduct with say, any top member of the Bush administration in the run-up to the war in Iraq. What were the consequences of the Bush administration's blatant lies and deceit, not only to the American people but to the Global community? I'll take a politician lying about a personal matter that is contained within his family to one whose lies negatively impact the entire globe for many, many years.
#2 Democrat vs. Republican
Republican pundits have been quick to jump on this story, taking a particular delight at the prospect of lambasting this "Southern do-gooder". Of course, they have every right to print whatever they'd like about the Edwards' affair. But let's keep in mind, this isn't an isolated incident among Democratic politicians. Have we forgot such Republican do-gooders as Larry Craig, Mark Foley, and Ted Haggard? These types of incidents take place on both sides of the aisle and we shouldn't forget that the Edwards' affair isn't an isolated incident amongst politicians. For a more detailed look into Republican Sex Affairs, click Here
#3 Conduct vs. Policy
As despicable as Edwards' actions were, this incident should not force us to disregard his policy ideas entirely. For a great number of Americans, Edwards' ideas represented a sharp contrast with current political policies and were seen as a beacon of hope on the political landscape. His proposed plan for truly universal health care, which he had laid out in very specific details, was just one of his policy ideas that should not be lost in this affair. His proposal for a Rural Recovery Act, his plan for tax simplification with "Form 1", his comprehensive plan to significantly reduce poverty, and his plan to shut down abusive lenders and create realistic alternatives are just some of his political platforms that should be embraced by current and future politicians, as they provide the groundwork for affecting real political change.
And now for something completely different:
Interesting Slate article here on how this whole debacle might actually hurt McCain the most... Here
Alright, thanks to a gift from a relative, I am in a position to buy a fancy schmancy briefcase, presumably for some distant day when I'm actually a practicing attorney. So I started to look at briefcases today and was completely overwhelmed by the sheer number. Who would've thought! My dad always just had a plain black one...oh the good 'ole days.
Anyways, for those of you who work in law firms or know attorneys, etc, what's the general idea?
Shoulder strap or handles only?
Black or Brown?
Soft shell or Hard Box shell?
Buckles or Zippers?
Leather or ....not leather?
Something like this: http://www.ebags.com/samsonite_business_cases/5_double_gusset_full_grain_nappa_leather_flapover_portfolio/product_detail/index.cfm?modelid=82233
Or something like this: http://www.ebags.com/bellino/4_expandable_leather_attache_w_desk/product_detail/index.cfm?modelid=96018
This new study indicates that strong religious faith correlates to lower 1L grades at St. Thomas Law School (MN). Interesting food for thought...
So guys, I'm still having problems. I've visited both schools and spent huge amounts of time researching, talking to current and former students of both, and am still unsure of what to do. For ME (I'm sure lots of people think this is an easy decision) the problem breaks down as follows:
Pros - Perennial top 35-ish school; Diploma privilege; Rules in Madison and Milwaukee, and the rest of WI I would assume; Excellent clinical opportunities; Tied to a large, well-respected undergrad institution; Cheap COL; fairly liberal school/city; good community with farmer's markets, independent businesses, etc;
Cons - Freezing for at least 5 months of the school year; have to finish fairly high in the class if you want a chance in Chicago or anywhere else outside of WI; Vast majority of clinical focus on criminal law (which I have no interest in); Cheap COL is due in part to the fact it's still a small city in the middle of nowhere (closest good city is Chicago);
Lewis & Clark:
Pros- Not top 50, but still top 60-ish school; Only school in a large metropolitan area, and (arguably the best school in the state); renowned Environmental law program; broad range of clinical opportunities; fairly liberal school/city; good community with farmer's markets, independent businesses, etc; Cheap-ish COL (at least for the size of the city)
Cons- Not known outside of the state, minus the Environmental law program; Not necessarily a huge legal market in OR; Poorer job prospects in comparison to Wisconsin (at least for biglaw and governmental positions)
I know these decisions are very personal so here's a bit about my position. I have lived in the Midwest for most of my life and don't necessarily want to stay here. Madison isn't a bad city, but I definitely don't want to live in WI for the next 5-10 years, and from what I have heard, it's somewhat of a gamble to think you'll do well enough to find work in Chicago or wherever else. On the other hand, I love Portland. I love the weather, the atmosphere, etc, and could definitely see myself living there for a long time.
However, I'm also realistic about job opportunities. I know it doesn't make sense to pick a school solely based on which city I like better. Prices are gonna be nearly equal for me, with Wisconsin being perhaps a couple thousand cheaper, but nothing substantial. L&C scholarship only requires that I stay in the top 50%, which of course isn't a given, but is better than a lot of other offers I received.
Bottom line is that job prospects overall are better out of Wisconsin. The question is; are the job prospects THAT much better that they should outweigh the other factors? Or does the fact that both schools are very regional make the decision more about where I want to live for the next 5-10 years?
Thoughts, comments, advice, anything? Please vote, I'm stressed!
« on: April 09, 2008, 07:49:28 PM »