Not so fast. The press and Democratic Party operatives may be painting President Obama and Vice President Joseph R. Biden as a one-two punch of effective gun control strategy on Capitol Hill. But at least one Republican Party tactician says it ain't all that — and Mr. Biden's behind-scenes operations are largely exaggerated.
John Edwards has spent several months lambasting Fox News Channel; its parent company, News Corp.; and Rupert Murdoch, the founder, chairman and CEO of News Corp. Calling upon all other Democratic presidential candidates to return contributions from News Corp. employees, Mr. Edwards insisted that "every dime" of the $500,000 advance he received from News Corp. subsidiary HarperCollins Publishers for a book project about homes "has gone to charity." It seems that one of the charities is College for Everyone, which Mr. Edwards himself established and has been citing throughout his campaign. Thus, while condemning Mr. Murdoch and Fox, it is clear that Mr. Edwards has funneled money from a News Corp. subsidiary to his own charity. Campaign Communications Director Chris Kofinis refused yesterday to tell The Washington Times how much of the $500,000 went to College for Everyone.