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A number of us just returned from the Philbins, where we were guests of our law firm, Haynes & Boone (much respect). Dallas Child took the magazine category, so if you see Tall Paul today (who authored our (losing) entry), give him your condolences. John Edwards was the featured speaker. For Those Who Care, here’s how all that went:

Fred Baron and his wife, Lisa Blue, sat at the head table, and the former introduced Edwards. Baron looks to me like the love child of Richard Gere and Tom Dunning. Blue looks to me like she spends a lot of time on her hair–or has someone else spend a lot of time on her hair. Someone like Calatrava. Not sure what sort of engineering is involved with that do.

Edwards called Baron and Blue “dear friends” and said they were like family to him. I’m sure that has nothing to do with how much money the power couple gives to Democratic candidates.

As Edwards got his remarks underway, he told an anecdote about being on The Daily Show. When Jon Stewart put him on the Seat of Heat for his tough question, he asked Edwards, “If you’d been elected vice president, who would you have shot in the face?” [huge laugh] “I told him I would have shot Dick Cheney,” Edwards said. [huger laugh] Interesting thing about that is, judging from the laughter, no one in the Belo Mansion besides Adam had seen that Daily Show episode.

The thrust of Edwards’ speech was that America has abondoned its leadership role. He’s been traveling the globe the past few years–Uganda, China, India–and he said from his experience, he thinks heads of countries have lost respect for the United States. Edwards said he brought up human-rights violations in China. “People don’t want to be lectured by the country that was responsible for Abu Ghraib,” Edwards said. We used to be “the light,” Edwards said. No longer. The point of all this is that we’re the most powerful nation on the planet. We have a responsibility to lead; when we don’t, chaos and danger rule. “The future of the planet is at stake,” he concluded.

Edwards is a forceful communicator. He made these remarks without notes. I think it would be fair to say the room was rapt. It’s hard to say “The future of the planet is at stake” without coming across like an actor in a cheesy Jerry Bruckheimer movie; Edwards delivered the line in a sincere, maybe even moving, way. He got a long standing ovation.

His hair looked great.

Before Edwards left, a member of the Dallas Bar gave him a blue goodie bag as a “token of our appreciation.” I wondered what was in it. Paul guessed it was $75,000.