A general distrust of my natural enemy -- trialius lawyerius -- does indeed extend to one John "Two Americas" Edwards. So I'll take this opportunity to declare my lack of support for his candidacy. Although I'm looking forward to the day that his agenda of "economic populism" causes him to go Lou Dobbs on all your asses and declare his support for a giant dome over the US to protect us from better-life-seekers and assorted work-wanters (funded, of course, by surcharges on the oil and pharmaceutical industries).
UPDATE: Some commenteers argue that without trial lawyers,* we counsel-to-the-all-knowing-all-powerful-big-corporations would be out of work. First, this is an excellent additional reason for Edwards to drop out of the race -- if he's president, he can't sue my clients! (I have a kid now, and I hear college is expensive.) Second, most of my work involves one all-knowing-all-powerful-big-corporation suing another all-knowing-all-powerful-big-corporation. Thus, I would be largely unaffected by the rapture of all trial lawyers to trial lawyer heaven, wherever that may be. Hurray for me!
Anyway, this post was obviously tongue-in-cheek -- although, admittedly, I'm opposed to Edward's economic popularism. Economic popularism has tended to lead to poor (but well-meaning!) policy and natavism in the past; the one time that it arguably worked (FDR's New Deal), it actually failed on the economic level (indeed, the New Deal probably worsened the Great Depression). Its success was due to the fact that it-was-better-than-the-communist-fascist-socialist-alternative.
Anyway, that's it for now as I have a pressing deadline. Go ahead and crucify me on a cross of gold, or whatever you neo-economic populists do these days. All the best.
*Trial lawyer is not synonymous with Plaintiff's lawyer, or even lawyer who tries cases. Indeed, the most successful trial lawyers almost never try cases -- they settle them. (It costs a lot to try a case and most trial lawyers work on contingency.) Anyway, my distrust of trial lawyers comes honestly: I cut my teeth on class action defense, which used to reach levels of near-total-scamdom among certain members of the plaintiff's bar.