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The affairs of others

So the tabloids got one right and John Edwards has admitted to an affair. Cue left wingers saying this is a “private matter,” right wingers mixing feigned outrage and schadenfreude in response to the news, accusations of hypocrisy from both sides, etc. I’m excited, aren’t you?

Edwards always struck me as a little bit phony, though I never really took the time to try and justify my feelings. We know he went from somewhat conservative Democrat to progressive populist in a pretty short amount of time and gained a large amount of influence because of it. Now we know he’s so self-absorbed that he would run for president knowing he had a giant skeleton in his closet that would essentially end the election were he the nominee. That reflects poorly on him, to say the least. As does going to meet his mistress again, after claiming to have ended the affair.

Categories: 2008 elections, The Left
  1. August 10, 2008 at 9:39 am | #1

    Well said.

  2. August 10, 2008 at 4:01 pm | #2

    I second Jay.

    To be honest, unlike Bill Clinton’s admission, there is a bit of shadenfreude for me here as well. I’ve taken some heat because I wasn’t willing to jump on the Edwards bandwagon. I know too many people who are more than eager to crack wise about the Obamessiah, but would worship every populist drool flowing from Edwards’ lips. I weakly supported what he claimed to stand for, but I too did not trust him and I said as much. That was a mistake of mine, until now …

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