John Edwards: King Shit "You cannot possibly beat me up worse than I have myself." --John Edwards on Nightline
Oh, yes I can.
As most of you know, I have been a vocal John Edwards supporter since 2004. I even contributed a small amount of money to his 2004 primary campaign. I liked the guy. Partly that he was a liberal from where I grew up(a rarity), and partly because of his emphasis on those who ain't doing so well in this country. I flinched a little as he used his son's death and his wife's cancer, both subtly and not-so-subtly, to help win support, but those were not reasons I supported him. But I believed that his concerns therefore might be more genuine, as he had known deep personal tragedy. What, he's supposed to pretend he didn't?And I still think so, despite a certain air of unctuousness that he carries, like a skilled used car salesman. But then, he's a politician. But the news of his affair--I can't help but find myself, at least for a little bit, to be angry and disappointed. I am appalled that he cheated on his immensely supportive wife who is terminally ill. But that's purely an emotional response, both in that I take marriage very seriously and that my mother recently died of cancer. Now, Elizabeth Edwards' cancer was in remission at the time of the affair, but I mean, my god; she cheated death, and your sign that you're grateful that fate let her live is to cheat on her? It takes a certain kind of king shit to do that. Newt Gingrich did it too, even divorcing his terminally-ill wife. While trying to impeach Clinton.There's also the fact that Edwards was one of those to condemn Bill Clinton in 1999:
Here is Edwards on Clinton on Feb. 12, 1999:
I think this President has shown a remarkable disrespect for his office, for the moral dimensions of leadership, for his friends, for his wife, for his precious daughter. It is breathtaking to me the level to which that disrespect has risen.
Huh! He may have a point!But these are incidental to his capacity for leadership. And his wife has forgiven the affair. That's between them, as far as it goes.But think of this: Edwards is quite aware of how crucial this election is for his party and for the nation. Almost certainly, this story would have broken one way or another. And if the Enquirer knew about it, don't you think the Republicans had that information ready to be sprung after the convention? Only the most naive of assholes would be unaware of this possibility. Suppose Edwards had been either the top or VP on the ticket?But he knew this and selfishly, thoughtlessly sailed forward, despite what damage he might cause. All these things together say that this man--by his own admission, really--is a preening narcissist only concerned with the care and feeding of his own ego and hair. The thought that his wife, whom I've always liked, is now terminal, and yet was spending some of the last days of her life campaigning for her miserable husband, is a bit sickening. Even tearing Ann Coulter a new asshole for him.But more so is that Edwards was willing to risk the future of this country for his own ambition, which makes him either a borderline sociopath or a fool. His family, this country, all can go under the bus for John. And then there's those he claimed he wanted the power to help. All well and good. But: How can he help his beloved poor if he's knocked out of the game at a point it would matter?
I would compare Gary Hart. What made the Donna Rice affair proof that he shouldn't be president wasn't that he fucked her. Look, the only two presidents we know for a fact didn't fuck around on their wives were Nixon and Carter. Come on. But that he dared the press to follow him and was shocked that they actually did--uh-uh. No Button for you, Gary, ever.This is why we're lucky he didn't win the nomination this year. We all dodged a bullet.
Here's the Nightline interview.
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