A Trial Lawyer for President?
I've never taken the media's love of my junior senator, John Edwards, as a serious indicator of his chances at the White House. But as I argue in my column today, WorldCom and Enron just might do what People magazine's "Sexiest Men" issue can't: "If big business loses the high ground and trial lawyers are seen more as regulators of the powerful than as parasites of the productive, Edwards could go from off-year media darling to legitimate national figure."
A photogenic trial lawyer who can cast himself as a righter of corporate wrongs could be a compelling story in the post-market worship era. I still don't think Edwards will be president in 2004, but the rules are definitely changing.