The rumors that former plaintiff attorney John Edwards could be our next U.S. Attorney General have taken on credibility. Edwards is out of the race for President. Barack Obama, who it's opined would choose Edwards, is claiming his own space in this roller-coaster campaign as The Democratic Establishment turns on The Clintons [Even the liberal THE NEW REPUBLIC discussed "Clinton fatigue" in its February 13th article "Over-Billed"].
The fear is that Edwards unleashed again into law would morph into another intense Bobby Kennedy. Business interests are worried. But, remember who will be the boss: A shrewd centrist Obama. He will keep Edwards on a short-enough moderate leash. Of course, there will be pet causes such as downsizing executive compensation. But they will be safe and meant for across-the-board satisfaction. Anyone not part of the C-level would root for those in the top layers of the executive suite earning much less and being banished from Paradise with no golden parachute.
Edwards has changed since his days as a trial lawyer. He had to in order to run for Senator, endure John Kerry, and buck public opinion against his continuing his presidential campaign with his wife's illness. He understands managing the message, the art of compromise, and the power of being seen as a statesman vs. a ferocious litigator.
I say ask not what dangers Edwards poses to tort reform but what suggestions we can provide him to return common sense, as Philip Howard recommended, to the legal system.