In what must be the most ridiculous spectacle of the 2008 Presidential Campaign so far, Democrat candidate John Edwards actually had the cojones to admit that he personally called Pakistan’s President Musharraf in the hours following the Bhutto assassination last week.
I can only imagine the phone call went something like this….
Musharraf’s aide running into room: “Sir, there is an urgent call from the United States!”
Pervez Musharraf: “Is it President Bush? Please bring the phone instantly!”
Aide: “No, sir…. someone named John Edwards.”
Musharraf: “John Edwards? That guy who talks to dead people?”
Aide: “No, he is a candidate for United States President. Here is the phone.”
John Edwards: “President Musharraf, I am so sorry to hear about the death of Benazir Bhutto. Do you think her family needs any legal representation to sue the government or big corporations that obviously killed her?”
Musharraf: “WHAT?! That’s outrageous…. who do you think you are?”
Edwards: “I mean no disrespect, it was just a reflexive reaction. When I’m upset… I sue people. I meant to say that I insist that Pakistan continues on its path to democratization with free and open elections.”
Musharraf: “Why? You didn’t support that path in Iraq.”
Edwards: “Yeah, but that’s because I don’t really believe in it…. it just seemed like the right thing to say so I can tell people I called you today.”
Musharraf: “Go away, you little gnat!”
Hopefully Iowa voters will leave John Edwards with the same message this week…