I had the night to think about the whole John Edwards thing. I didn’t think about it much because I decided to have a beer and stare at the tube but I did let it role around in my cranium.
Bear with me.
My initial reaction about it was “Idiot Boy! What were you thinking?”
This morning, it’s about the swirling hypocrisy surrounding all of this. You see, I didn’t want Edwards, who I have always sort of admired, to be in the same category as Larry Craig, Ted Haggard, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich and countless others.
I realize that politicians are people. I’ve done things that would be cool with some people and seem immoral to others. I get that. We are human.
Edwards is included in a group that I didn’t think he would be in but he is. We move on.
There is a level of hypocrisy that goes with each and every one of those sex scandals. Words are meaningless. Actions, well, that speaks volumes.
But I just can’t get over he would cheat on his wife when she is battling cancer. (Gingrich did that too.) I find that appalling. I’ve seen several people I love dearly fighting this horrific disease.
Honestly, I could care less what goes on in the bedrooms of the world. You stay out of mine, I’ll stay out of yours.
I was hoping that Edwards would come out and say “Yeah, we have an open marriage” or “I did it. Elizabeth knows and she isn’t happy but we survived it” which he kind of said but not really. The thing is that this is such an embarrassment for him but also for his wife, whom I like very much. He’s shot his political career in the foot, but he could have handled all of this differently. Say adios to any chances in the next administration, Edwards.
Baby Boomers in politics amaze me. I’m not one of them, but I have to say, they have changed the world.
I don’t necessarily mean that as a compliment.
People can do the nasty with whom ever they want to. I honestly don’t care.
But don’t act surprised and contrite when people find it distasteful. Adultery is like cancer. Most folks have been impacted by it in one way or another and when they find out about these things, they personalize it. And if they have been impacted by adultery and they hear of this sort of news, then folks who did what the guys up there did are immediately put on the putz list.
Cheating is easy but I do agree with Aunt B.:
I would like to reiterate, though, that monogamy does not have to be the ideal state of every relationship and lots of successful relationships do fine without it. But it is hard for any relationship–between spouses or between candidate and country–to survive on lies.
It’s the lies that get me as well.
People get through cheating issues, but is it really ever the same? I’m not judging but then again, I guess I am. I’ve been on the Elizabeth Edwards receiving end many eons ago and it wasn’t fun . If the whole situation had been “You do your thing, I’ll do mine” I would have. Set the tone up front and then follow the wave.
I hope that makes sense. Be up front about it and for God’s sake, put your penis back in your pants when your life partner is sick.
That disturbs me the most.
Update: This is important to read as well. It’s about what John Edwards didn’t do.
You are an idiot.
Liked you, but you so screwed up.
AND, the National Enquirer broke it?!!?
Your message was good. Your wife has cancer.
What was little John Edwards thinkin?
Men are weird.
Updated: People make mistakes but I’ m irritated with John tonight. Big time.
I saw this on Twitter from the Memphis Flyer.
Harold Ford. Jr. has a column in the June 2, 2008 edition of Newsweek. Here is a snippet:
The night Barack Obama is expected to accept the Democratic nomination will be Aug. 28, the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” address from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. King had a dream, and Barack Obama is part of its fulfillment.
We live in a more just and open country than we did 45 years ago, a country where an African-American may be elected president. That doesn’t mean the country is perfectly just, or that we live in a new, post-racial era. But concerns about race in this election are overstated.
Do many rural or working-class people have questions about Obama? Sure. But these are less about race than about culture. Obama has not lived their lives.
The last two sentences I agree with. But, I think I would like to add that none of the candidates truly understand rural America but I also agree it’s more about culture from what I’m hearing in the trenches. That is the reason that John Edwards resonated so strongly here in northwest Tennessee.
It’s a compelling read.
In my little neck of the woods, I have to tell you, the John Edwards endorsement of Barack Obama is a bigger deal than you might think. And I agree with Goldni that I think the timing of this was very much balanced for positive press after West Virginia.
Prior to Super Tuesday, I really had to give a lot of thought between Edwards and Obama. I read the issues (including Hillary Clinton’s) and when Edwards dropped out January 30th, my decision was pretty much made for me. I’ve also said that if Clinton won the nomination, I would throw her my vote. It isn’t much but it’s mine.
The people that I know really like Edwards and here in northwest Tennessee, he has always been very well-received. The populist platform, regardless of the $400 haircut that keeps being brought up, resonated with a lot of folks here which does have a blue-collar base.
Now, will his endorsement make a difference? Yes, but news cycles these days don’t last very long. The video for Chocolate Rain has had a longer life-span than political news stories these days.
He has 19 delegates. He does seem to balance the two remaining candidates as well. When Bill Richards came out earlier for Obama, he honestly took a beating from the Clinton camp. With Edwards waiting, he won’t go through what Richards went through. Someone asked me yesterday did I think Obama would name Edwards as his running mate.
I told them no but then again, I’ve been wrong before. I just don’t see it. Of course, I also thought Mike McWherter would run.
With all of that said, Obama got the cookie he’s been waiting for with Edwards’ endorsement.
How long will the buzz last in the blogosphere and in mainstream media?
Hard to tell.
A little bunch of nothing which started making the rounds this afternoon. Or is it something?
No official endorsement but interesting.
Nice interview at the Ticker this morning with John and Elizabeth Edwards. I thought it was interesting but they say a lot without saying anything.
When it comes to Hillary Clinton, John Edwards praised the New York Democrat for her tenacity, saying she “shows a real strength that’s inside of her.” But the former North Carolina senator also said Clinton represents a “lot of the old politics.”
Meanwhile, Elizabeth Edwards said she is a strong proponent of Clinton’s healthcare plan, though is disappointed the New York senator accepts donations from lobbyists.
As for Barack Obama, John Edwards said he wants to “see more substance under the rhetoric.” But he gave Obama praise for wanting to “bring about serious change and a different way of doing things.”
Elizabeth Edwards said she is impressed by the fact Obama has “motivated so many young people to be involved,” though she does not like his healthcare plan and said his advertisements on the plan have been “misleading.”
John Edwards later added he thinks it’s a “great symbolic thing to have an African-American who could be president.”
That sentiment, People reports, caused Elizabeth Edwards to roll her eyes:
“What about the great symbolic thing about a woman?” she asked.
I like the banter between them though. They seem very comfortable. I like that. In many ways, they have become the first couple of the Democratic Party. Not bad.