John Edwards is like a bank robber who’s not afraid to take off his ski mask, look directly into the security camera, and let everybody know exactly who he is and what he’s about. I like that in a Democrat — because it makes them lose:

John Edwards says if he’s elected president, he’ll institute a New Deal-like suite of programs to fight poverty and stem growing wealth disparity. To do it, he said, he’ll ask many Americans to make sacrifices, like paying higher taxes.

Edwards, a former Democratic senator from North Carolina, says the federal government should underwrite universal pre-kindergarten, create matching savings accounts for low-income people, mandate a minimum wage of $9.50 and provide a million new Section 8 housing vouchers for the poor. He also pledged to start a government-funded public higher education program called “College for Everyone.”

He’ll solve “growing wealth disparity” alright — we’ll all be poor. In addition, “College for Everyone” will also go by the name “Making a college education even more worthless.”

I also expect Edwards to soon unveil his “National slip-n-fall care” plan.

If John Edwards had any chance of winning the presidency, this kind of talk would be disturbing. Instead though we can just read it and poke fun at him, as the last guy to be this honest about his intention goes by the name of Walter Mondale.

For now, frankly, Edwards’ biggest campaign problem isn’t his leftist political views, it’s that he continues to allow himself to be photographed like this:

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