So, another politicians fesses up to sexual infidelity. Surprise, surprise! This time it's John Edwards. Can't say that I'm really surprised, though (have you seen his wife?!?). Though he was my second choice in 2004 for the Democratic nomination, for this year's nominating contest, he dropped to #3. Something about him rubbed me the wrong way. It was the combination of his $400 haircut, his new mega-mansion, and what I perceived as arrogant ambition to continue running when his wife was diagnosed with an uncureable cancer. The man had no shame, despite the sunny, populist image he tried to present to the world.
Take note of the highlighted and bolded statement. At least he's honest about the reasons for his downfall. It's the same as Clinton's excuse that he had an affair "because I can." It seems to be the biggest problem with men in positions of power. They abuse their power and think they can get away with things they expect the rest of the population to abide by. What's most telling is what he said in response to Clinton's adultery. Though it's unknown if this is the first time Edwards cheated on his wife, or if he was guilty of hypocrisy when he made that statement.
In his statement, he said, "It is inadequate to say to the people who believed in me that I am sorry, as it is inadequate to say to the people who love me that I am sorry.
"In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic. If you want to beat me up feel free. You cannot beat me up more than I have already beaten up myself. I have been stripped bare and will now work with everything I have to help my family and others who need my help."
The National Enquirer first reported on the affair in October 2007, in the run-up to the Democratic primaries, and Edwards denied it.
"The story is false," he told reporters then. "It's completely untrue, ridiculous." He professed his love for his wife, who had an incurable form of cancer, saying, "I've been in love with the same woman for 30-plus years and as anybody who's been around us knows, she's an extraordinary human being, warm, loving, beautiful, sexy and as good a person as I have ever known. So the story's just false."
In 1999, when Edwards was a senator, he said of President Bill Clinton and his affair with Monica Lewinsky:
"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."
Because of this indiscretion, I hope he will not serve in President Obama's cabinet. I would strongly object to his becoming the Attorney General now, in light of this scandal. I'm not a moralist, but it makes me mad when men get greedy and cheat on their wives. People who abuse their trust in that way should not be rewarded with plush jobs and such. Edwards should be forced to live on minimum wage and let someone else have a shot at a coveted position.
What makes this scandal even more disturbing than just an affair is that he paid his mistress a six-figure sum for her start-up company to do some videos for his campaign. It smells of blackmail. Former Governor of New Jersey McGreevey had the same problem of putting his lover into a job he didn't qualify for. What is it with these politicians? Somehow, I can't help but think the woman knew what she was doing, using sex to land an important account. She ended up giving birth to somebody's love child, which Edwards claims isn't his. Even stranger is that Edwards' campaign aide claims to be the father. Did they have a three-way or something? That's pretty sleazy.
The little respect I had for John Edwards is now lost. He deserves to follow the same fate as other disgraced politicians: Newt Gingrich, Gary Hart, Eliot Spitzer, James McGreevey, Larry Craig, and Mark Foley. Cheating on your spouse should be the kiss of death for holding political office. If your wife can't trust you, why should America trust you?
I feel bad for Elizabeth Edwards, especially. To be diagnosed with an uncureable cancer and know that your time on earth is shorter than you'd like, and to have your husband pull a Clinton on you in the middle of a presidential campaign...I can't imagine anything more humiliating. She deserves better treatment from her husband of thirty years. All he had to say about it was that he never loved the woman he had an affair with. Great...piss off both women. I'm sure his mistress didn't want to hear that, though any woman who gets involved with a married man has to know that their hanky-panky is generally lust more than love. I wouldn't be surprised at all if it turns out that his mistress was a Republican operative. I just didn't think Edwards could be that dumb. But I never voted for him, so my judge of character stands correct. He just rubbed me the wrong way and now, I hope that he'll never work in government again. Obscurity is the only place he belongs. Good riddance!