08.10.08 Having Dodged the Edwards Bullet
Can you imagine if John Edwards were the (presumptive) nominee right now? We would be witnessing the complete meltdown of his campaign, amid not only sex scandal, but also the funneling of campaign funds to buy silence.
It’s galling. Not that the guy cheated on his wife. Sadly, huge numbers of men and women cheat on their relationship partners. Ultimately, this “sin” is between the lovers and spouses in question and their deities (if any).
What’s galling is the damage that political men who can’t keep their pants on do to the rest of us. Hart. Jackson. Clinton. Spitzer. Edwards. All these men squandered some or all of their political capital and moral leadership for sex. All these men sold us out because they were not able to fulfill the progressive vision they owed us.
The political wives in question must consider these guys to be utter scoundrels for very personal reasons. We, the people, must do so because of their complete political betrayal.
What’s galling is the way these men keep lying, even after they’ve been caught. John Edwards knew last October that the National Enquirer was onto the story. Yet, he went on campaigning and lying and paying visits to his erstwhile mistress to get her to shut up. The best this man could have offered us would have been Bill Clinton II – a complete sellout to the other side based on his own lack of discipline. Yet he still thought he was so grand that we should choose him as our nominee.
I hope that this will be the last we hear of John Edwards for a very long time to come. We can just thank our lucky stars that Obama eclipsed him in Iowa and saved us from the terrible fate that Edwards would have subjected us to.
©2008 Keith Berner
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