The sad sick tale of John Edwards continues

Gomer PyleAndrew Young, the once-loyal aide to John Edwards who preposterously claimed to have fathered the child of Edwards’ mistress, now admits that it wasn’t true, that he told the story at Edwards’ request.

Well, as that great American and Edwards’ fellow North Carolinian, Gomer Pyle, would say at such a moment:

“Surprise, surprise surprise.”

Because really? Who knew?

In a book proposal floated to St. Martin’s Press, Young claims Edwards promised to take care of him for life if he would take responsibility for fathering the child of Rielle Hunter. Young agreed, despite the fact that he had a wife and children of his own, which tells you something about his own moral compass and priorities.

The New York Times has acquired a copy of the book proposal, and reports:

“ ‘You know how much I love you,’ Edwards said. ‘You know I’d walk off a cliff for you, and I know you’d walk off a cliff for me,’ ” Mr. Young wrote in the book proposal. “ ‘I will never forget this. And I will always be there for you.’”

I don’t doubt that is true, or as close to true as most characters in this farce are capable of coming. However, I very much doubt Young’s additional claim that Edwards and Hunter had made a sex tape, and that Young had seen it. The stories are unclear about what may have happened to the alleged tape, but I’ll bet it has “disappeared” just as mysteriously as it “appeared.”

Edwards may be is a fool and a cad who makes Mark Sanford look like a moral giant. In a culture in which it is almost impossible to sin yourself into permanent banishment — see, the resurrection of Newt Gingrich — Edwards may have pulled the feat off. It is impossible to feel sympathy for the man.

That said, the sex tape business reeks of an invention designed to fatten the price of a book contract. But even that is oddly fitting, a detail of scurrilous fiction that nicely embodies the tawdriness of the larger tale.

91 comments Add your comment

Gawingnut

June 30th, 2009
11:43 am

Because, really? Who cares??

@@

June 30th, 2009
11:46 am

If you don’t believe it, jay, why even write about it. I saw this claim days ago and quickly moved on to something more relevant.

Edwards is the typical egomaniac politician. For me, that was determined the day he chose the pursuit of politics over his ailing wife.

John’s Two Americas:

Scumbag and Bigger Scumbag! He falls into both categories.

Chris Salzmann

June 30th, 2009
11:49 am

Edwards crashed and burnt and the ashes have long since blown away………..why even discuss who is and will from now on, always remain a “has been” on the garbage heap of political history.

Paul

June 30th, 2009
11:53 am

Rather calls into question all Edwards’s other claims, doesn’t it?

I wonder, though… many on the farleft justify the attacks on conservative family values Republicans (and their families) because of the hypocrisy issue.

What do they use to justify condemnation of Edwards?

Wait, the thread’s been up how long and no progressives have condemned him…

ahhh, got it -

GOP is gone

June 30th, 2009
11:54 am

2 words, Gary Hart

Anonymous

June 30th, 2009
11:57 am

The entire group (John Edwards, Rielle Hunter, Andrew Young and Fred Baron) are beyond fools. They are all without any morals or redeeming qualities. May they all burn in hell for the people they betrayed and the pain they caused!

md

June 30th, 2009
11:57 am

Of all the current events going on, you pick John Edwards?

@@

June 30th, 2009
11:58 am

On second thought, it’s easy to see how you would believe this may be true:

” ‘You know how much I love you,’ Edwards said. ‘You know I’d walk off a cliff for you, and I know you’d walk off a cliff for me,’ ” Mr. Young wrote in the book proposal. “ ‘I will never forget this. And I will always be there for you.’”

I don’t doubt that is true

Neither do I seein’s how supporters of Obama are willing to run America off a cliff for love of Him.

I Report (-: You Whine )-:

June 30th, 2009
12:00 pm

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. consumer confidence took an unexpectedly steep slide in June, figures released on Tuesday showed, suggesting the 18-month-long recession had yet to loosen its grip on the economy.

A shaky consumer-confidence reading that aggravated investors’ fears of weak profits and a prolonged recession pushed stocks lower on Tuesday.

John who?

Mrs. Godzilla

June 30th, 2009
12:02 pm

I condemn Edwards for his behavior.

I will condemn anyone who uses “values” only as a political tool, while
behaving like a cad.

Left, Right or in between.

@@

June 30th, 2009
12:04 pm

LIBERAL NEWS ALERT!

Gunmen attacked joint U.N.-African Union peacekeepers in Sudan’s Darfur region, Reuters reported June 30.

Let’s head to Darfur!!!! Peacekeepers are at risk!!!!!! U.N. Peacekeepers at that!

I Report (-: You Whine )-:

June 30th, 2009
12:04 pm

While the Standard & Poor’s/Case-Shiller index of 20 major cities tumbled by 18.1 percent, ~~~~~~~~~~~it marked the third straight month the decline was not a record.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ And yearly losses in 13 metros improved compared to March.

Spin, spin, spin.

John who?

lovelyliz

June 30th, 2009
12:07 pm

DNA will solve this issue.

@@

June 30th, 2009
12:09 pm

A car bomb killed 20 people and wounded 25 others in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk on June 30, Reuters reported. A local police official said that the death toll could rise.

AND

The deputy head of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Mohammad Saeedi, met in Moscow with the chief of Russian atomic corporation Rosatom, Sergei Kiriyenko, on June 30 to discuss new ways to expand “peaceful nuclear cooperation” between Iran and Russia, Xinhua reported.

@@

June 30th, 2009
12:11 pm

More…

U.S. Gen. Ray Odierno, the top commander of the multinational force in Iraq, said June 30 that Iran continues to support, fund and train militants inside Iraq, The Associated Press reported. Odierno added that he believes “many of the attacks in Baghdad are in fact done by individuals supported by Iran.”

Paul

June 30th, 2009
12:13 pm

[[What do they use to justify condemnation of Edwards? Wait, the thread’s been up how long and no progressives have condemned him…ahhh, got it -]]

40 Minutes and Mrs. Godzilla it is!

Knew we could count on you.

Lonely at the top, isn’t it?

AmVet

June 30th, 2009
12:16 pm

Paul, left a message for you downstairs about the Republican War.

One of the things that I have to begrudgingly allow the neo-cons is their brilliantly noted assertion that Bookman only ever excoriates Republicans. NEVER Democrats.

That has always bothered me about him.

Reality check, one-way dupes!

No wonder you keep getting your teeth kicked in election after election…

Paul

June 30th, 2009
12:22 pm

AmVet

Thanks. Have one for you, too.

md

June 30th, 2009
12:23 pm

“No wonder you keep getting your teeth kicked in election after election…”

Its the 2 party way. Drive from one ditch to the other – constantly. Maybe we need to elect an independent to keep the car in the middle of the road.

DB, Gwinnettian

June 30th, 2009
12:25 pm

“But even that is oddly fitting.”

Nicely put.

ken

June 30th, 2009
12:26 pm

The jobs coming. The jobs are coming. The jobs are coming. Hopee Change says unemployment will be over 10%. Maybe, when all the windmills are built and the new light bulbs are installed in the White House, Obamma will see the light. Two Trillion, GONE.

Paul

June 30th, 2009
12:27 pm

@@

Darfur?

Is that worth one American soldier’s life?

These are those “Bush Iraq” questions I was talking about. They work for Darfur as well as Afg.

AmVet – please don’t answer! I want to watch the resounding blankness.

Just like with the Edwards condemnations.

I Report (-: You Whine )-:

June 30th, 2009
12:28 pm

So when this clown finally does take a side, guess who’s he is on-

Yet the U.S. administration stood with Chavez and Castro, calling Zelaya’s lawful removal “a coup.” Obama called the action a “terrible precedent,” and said Zelaya remains president.

In doing this, the U.S. condemned democrats who stood up to save their democracy, a move that should have been hailed as a historic turning of the tide against the false democracies of the region.

The socialists!

eewwwww

gttim

June 30th, 2009
12:29 pm

Jay, why do only print stuff about Republicans and never criticize and Democrats? Always on and on about Republicans and never about…. Oh, Edwards? Never mind.

getalife

June 30th, 2009
12:29 pm

Why the pic of Huckebee?

Another failed cover up.

Funny how the ones that go after corporate end up in a sex scandal.

Seek and ye shall Find

June 30th, 2009
12:29 pm

Edwards, Sanford, Gingrich. Three of the stooges. What’s new?

Paul

June 30th, 2009
12:31 pm

Almost an hour and still it’s only Mrs. G from the left side who condemns Edwards.

But a couple of folks have said “why are we talking about him?”

Wow.

Double wow.

Later -

Redneck Convert

June 30th, 2009
12:32 pm

Well, it’s about time they covered something besides Conservatives caught in sin. The past couple years it’s been nothing but Republicans doing this and that. A Republican man writing love letters to young boys. A Republican man clicking shoes in a bathroom stall with another man. A Republican man paying a Woman of the Night to beat him up when he messed his diaper. Two Republican senators caught doing You Know What with women not their wife. A Republican guvner giving a diffrent meaning to being a expert in Foreign Affairs.

I say this Edwards thing balances the scale. We’re even now.

I got only one question to ask. Where can a guy lay hands on this Edwards tape they’re talking about? Have a good p.m. everybody.

getalife

June 30th, 2009
12:35 pm

At least the dems know they will screw up and never play the moral high ground with family values like the gop hypocrites.

Check out these wingnuts in OK:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/30/oklahoma-republicans-read_n_223074.html

More proof that conservatism is a mental disorder.

Copyleft

June 30th, 2009
12:36 pm

Edwards cheated on his wife, which everyone (left and right) correctly condemns.

Sanford, however, cheated on his wife AFTER basing his career on moral platitudes and “family values” posturing.

So which one’s the hypocrite? I know you like to draw moral equivalencies, Paul, but there really isn’t one here. Edwards was wrong; Sanford was easily twice as wrong, for clear-cut and logical reasons.

That’s why the Republican cheaters get more condemnation… because they work so hard to EARN it!

Lee

June 30th, 2009
12:36 pm

“In a culture in which it is almost impossible to sin yourself into permanent banishment — see, the resurrection of Newt Gingrich….”

May I also submit Barney Frank and his pageboy episodes and Ted Kennedy and Chappaquiddick.

DB, Gwinnettian

June 30th, 2009
12:37 pm

Almost an hour and still it’s only Mrs. G from the left side who condemns Edwards.

What am I, chopped liver?

WTF else is there to say about John Fricking Edwards? You want me to post links to lefty blog threads that have already scourged and crucified the man for what he’s done to date? I mean, if you really want evidence that the vast majority of Democratic voters thank Goddess that Edwards didn’t somehow snatch the nomination, I suppose I can dredge it up for you.

But I don’t really have to do that, do I?

Normal

June 30th, 2009
12:38 pm

Paul, John Edwards just isn’t worth the effort. His blatent disregard of his wifes feelings at her time of desparate need, makes me ill.
I would strip him naked, nail his wille to a table, throw a knife on the table and then set the house on fire…but that’s just me.

AmVet

June 30th, 2009
12:41 pm

The incredible shame about Edwards and his Johnson problem is that unlike virtually every other SOB onthe national stage who has proven himself to lack some shred of self-restraint and modicum of respect for their spouses, families and supporters, Edwards was not an otherwise useless, sorry-a__ed politician completely bereft of value, vision and ideas.

@@

June 30th, 2009
12:42 pm

U.S. News & World Report — “The president had said in the past that he doesn’t believe taxing healthcare benefits at any level is necessarily the best way to go here. He still believes that,” Axelrod told George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week. “But there are a number of formulations and we’ll wait and see. The important thing at this point is to keep the process moving, to keep people at the table, to the keep the discussions going. We’ve gotten a long way down the road and we want to finish that journey.” By refusing to rule out higher taxes on the middle class as a way to pay for “punishing healthcare costs,” Axelrod telegraphed that idea is very much a live option.

Having tested the waters and finding them warm and inviting, it looks like the administration is about to jump into tax revenue pool with both feet. What remains to be seen is if the voters will make them take a bath for it in November 2010.

Remember what resulted with Bush I’s “Read my lips — no new taxes?”

We can’t afford BARACK OBAMA!!!

danjonglee

June 30th, 2009
12:44 pm

What is our foreign policy? Honduras seems to suggest that we embrace dictators & marxist. Very disturbing….

Paul

June 30th, 2009
12:47 pm

Copyleft

[[I know you like to draw moral equivalencies, Paul,]]

Are you and another poster here trying to make a cottage industry out of misrepresenting my views?

Or is it an easy way to make a point? To not address what I write but make something up?

“Moral equivalency” is something I usually condemn. And, I should point out, it is a tactic generally employed by the Left.

Normal

That, I understand. But it’s something how all those other minor players on the national stage were worth so much trouble to so many posters, eh?

DB, Gwinnettian

I do apologize. I was looking for glaring prose. Not subtlelty.

As far as the rest, I guess I’ll just have to wait for the first Rep who isn’t a family values type (I think there are a couple) to screw up and see how long the glee from the left runs –

I’m a bit skeptical.

Now I am out. Late lunch beckons -

getalife

June 30th, 2009
12:48 pm

@@,

You have ods really bad.

Please direct your mental disorder to the cheating dem Edwards.

Thanks.

Gandalf, the White! (!)

June 30th, 2009
12:49 pm

Copyleft, you’re a moron!

I Report (-: You Whine )-:

June 30th, 2009
12:52 pm

Every day of freedom the Iraqis enjoy is a day that MoveOn.org and the rest of the gang wanted to deny the Iraqi people. They helped President Obama win an election of course, but they are losing the battle with history every single day, and days like today must drive that home and drive them into a deserved gloom over their own failed plans to see America humbled.

Instead we see them being humbled, bwahahahahaha.

eewwww

@@

June 30th, 2009
12:52 pm

Well Getalife, my 12:42 was like a “hands in my pants” post…..kinda, sorta.

Then there’s Joe and you know how I LOVE Joe.

socialism is da BOMB

June 30th, 2009
12:52 pm

Blind Faith is running rampant among an alarming percentage of Americans since Nov 4th. .10 cents of advise-do your homework,and don’t believe all thats said in the mainstream media or by our political leaders. And above all Don’t believe JAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

@@

June 30th, 2009
12:54 pm

In case you haven’t noticed, Getalife, my hands are on the keyboard, it’s the government’s hands that are in my pants.

Peadawg

June 30th, 2009
12:56 pm

To quote someone off a blog the other day, “Here’s the thing! The word hypocrisy gets thrown around a lot when it comes to republicans. Not so much when it comes to democrats. Why? Because democrats don’t stand on principles. There can be no violations of principles when there are none ”

Just another dem doing what they do best.

getalife

June 30th, 2009
12:56 pm

Well @@,

How do you type with your hands in your pants?

mr. mike

June 30th, 2009
12:56 pm

Jay; as always; I enjoy the column; frequent reader/infrequent blogger(I actually have a life).
I’ve only written previously on military-related issues(semi-retired military historian).
Mr. Edwards is an abomination; as is Gov Sanford, Sen. Ensign, Sen. Craig, Sen. Vitter, Speaker Gingrich, et.al.
As a person who analyzes issues of military import; rather than simply reacts to said issues; I fail entirely to see how this is either a liberal-conservative/Democrat-Republican issue at all. It is a moral issue; and all of the above-named individuals(yes, including former President Clinton) fail the moral test.

Whiner is nuts

June 30th, 2009
1:00 pm

You know, people who are well-informed like to have citations for the quotes that are supposed to “make your case.”

In other words, where do you find this crazy stuff?

getalife

June 30th, 2009
1:01 pm

“In case you haven’t noticed, Getalife, my hands are on the keyboard, it’s the government’s hands that are in my pants.:

I guess you knew I would respond with this:

“Well @@,

How do you type with your hands in your pants?”

You know me too well.

Pennsylvanian

June 30th, 2009
1:03 pm

Jay – Do you know the routers used in datacom for internet access are huge power hogs? They are very inefficient, generate massive heat loads that require tons of air conditioning capacity. Every byte blogged contributes to global warming, er – climate change. For the sake of the planet, please refrain from blogging on such useless topics.

Homer Simpson

June 30th, 2009
1:04 pm

Is it too late to get my Edwards’ campaign contribution refunded?

thatgirlinnewyork

June 30th, 2009
1:05 pm

no one can make sanford “look like a moral giant”. this would say that one sort of affair is not good, while another is worse…and young, who it was widely reported, also had a thing with hunter, is somehow above all of it by claiming he was coerced into admitting paternity. NOone’s been proven father of this child yet, so young is simply picking at the very dead carcass that is edwards’ campaign, perhaps to appease the wife and children he maligned–as if.

this behavior is party agnostic, but the moral superiority of bible thumping politicians definitely get the broader share of comeuppance. the record of infidelity among public officiants is consistently white men. he who is without sin can cast the first stone, gents.

Northern Songs, Ltd.

June 30th, 2009
1:11 pm

d’oh – forgot to change my handle back after yesterday’s cheese (mmmmm, cheese) discussion.

Nuts @ 1:00 – citing sources isn’t a requirement on this gab-fest.

Normal

June 30th, 2009
1:14 pm

thatgirlinnewyork

June 30th, 2009
1:05 pm
he who is without sin can cast the first stone, gents.
————
Do you mean lately?

rat

June 30th, 2009
1:14 pm

As the author of this article, how much money do you get for advertising the new book? That is all this is, book promotion.

DB, Gwinnettian

June 30th, 2009
1:14 pm

Whiner is nuts @ 1.00, he rarely feels compelled to provide a link or even mention a source.

But a quick googling of a phrase reveals that his off topic revisionist-history distraction is, in fact, wrung from Hugh Hewitt’s foul-smelling Town Hall jizzmop.

AmVet

June 30th, 2009
1:18 pm

Whiner is nuts and DB,

(In my best Jim Mora voice.) Playoffs? Playoffs? You’re talking about playoffs?!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qwq7BYOnDrM

Citations? Citations? You’re talking about Citations?!

Shhh, don’t let @@ know that Andy virtually (get it?) never sources his cut and pasted Bidenesque enlightenments.

(She and Ricky selectively don’t like that…)

mm

June 30th, 2009
1:19 pm

@@,

We drove off the cliff LAST year. We’re now trying to climb back up.

Carole Clarke

June 30th, 2009
1:21 pm

Are there any American politicians who haven’t fallen from grace? Please do a story on someone who has been faithful to their spouse, does not hanker after what they should not have, is not a drunk or on drugs and has not pilfered public moneys. I’d like to see if they have any good ideas.

mm

June 30th, 2009
1:22 pm

And the wingnuts keep trying to cut the rope.

Normal

June 30th, 2009
1:25 pm

Carole Clarke

June 30th, 2009
1:21 pm
————-
Harry Truman, Dwight Einsenhower, to name one on each side…

md

June 30th, 2009
1:25 pm

“We drove off the cliff LAST year. We’re now trying to climb back up.”

More like free fall.

WhoCares

June 30th, 2009
1:26 pm

Well last I heard Gomer Pyle was still alive. How about the rest of the cast? I’m pretty sure Sargeant Carter is dead……

R Cagle

June 30th, 2009
1:28 pm

Jay,

The White House hasn’t mentioned Edwards lately. Why are you deviating from the prepared text?

Mrs. Godzilla

June 30th, 2009
1:30 pm

Normal

Ike liked Kay Summersby…..

md

June 30th, 2009
1:32 pm

“Harry Truman, Dwight Einsenhower, to name one on each side…”

That about says it all – what a sad state of our society when one has to mention “sides”.

Northern Songs, Ltd.

June 30th, 2009
1:33 pm

David Scott and Nathan Deal (who was born in Millen, yesterday’s subject du jour)

Normal

June 30th, 2009
1:34 pm

Mrs. Godzilla

June 30th, 2009
1:30 pm
————
She was his secretary during the war and they did spend alot of time together, but Jke went to his grave swearing “nothing happened”.
I believe him…he was just too square…

AmVet

June 30th, 2009
1:35 pm

It’s one thing to “like” someone you’re not married to. Or even as the great JC said “lust in your heart”.

But for gawd’s sakes man, keep it zipped up!!!

Normal

June 30th, 2009
1:36 pm

md

June 30th, 2009
1:32 pm
————-
I was just tryin’ to be non partisan…geeze…

NinaK

June 30th, 2009
1:39 pm

Gee, how many, many other lies has John Edward “blessed” us with? Mr. Perfect Hair has a very Imperfect Heart and Soul. I, personally, do not believe anything that comes out of his mouth. Wasn’t he visiting his little daughter in the middle of the night when reporters caught him and he hid in the men’s bathroom at the hotel? Too funny, Mr. Edwards! I would feel sorry for his wife but the fact that she campaigned for him for President, knowing full well of John’s deceit and affair, denies any sympathy she would otherwise get. She, too, was deceiving the American voters!!

md

June 30th, 2009
1:39 pm

“I was just tryin’ to be non partisan…geeze…”

Not picking on you personally, just making a general statement and your words were there for the taking :,)

Curious Observer

June 30th, 2009
1:39 pm

If you read Kay Summersby’s “Past Forgetting,” you must conclude that either Ike or she had a very bad memory.

Matlida

June 30th, 2009
1:40 pm

Frankly, I just don’t get how the private, personal, love/sex lives of others are any of our business. If your contractor gets your new kitchen in on time and within the stated estimate, and the work is solid, do you really care if he puts on a spidey outfit and swings from the light fixtures with his superfriends at night? If your kid’s science grade goes from a “D” to a “B+” because the new teacher inspires the kids to want to learn and explains things in a way that’s truly engaging, do you really care if she’s a Wiccan Les-Lady who parents three adopted kids with her same-sex partner?

All this “outrage” over the sex lives of others is just compensation for something lacking in your own life, IMO, or a bitter ax y’all can’t grind with someone in your past, so you grind it on others.

John Edwards was foolish to think his other relationship wouldn’t be discovered in today’s big-brother, no-privacy climate filled with tabloid-humping, mouth-foaming American purists who can’t wait to point the finger at someone else (rather than look in the mirror) on any given day. As with Gov. Sanford, it was that foolishness that calls competence to issue.

Sadly, millions of people living in poverty lost perhaps the most vocal champion they had in a long time. Clearly, the outraged “moralists” here are less concerned with hungry, undereducated citizens with no access to basic health care than they are with the panty-less adventures of strangers. Buncha pervs….

Mort Merkel

June 30th, 2009
1:46 pm

You know, if a half-way decent woman pursues me and offers sex, I’m taking it. That hasn’t happened since just before my divorce.

DB, Gwinnettian

June 30th, 2009
1:48 pm

Well yeah, Matilda @ 1.40. What you said, cubed.

However, political reality is what it is in America. Ain’t nothing you or I say is going to change it in our lifetimes, and thus for John Edwards to have attempted running for President with that kind of a political liability in his closet is unforgivable.

As for what he’s done to his own family and associates, that’s for his family and associates to sort out, of course.

Clearly, the outraged “moralists” here are less concerned with hungry, undereducated citizens with no access to basic health care than they are with the panty-less adventures of strangers. Buncha pervs….

Better, methinks, one should refer to such types as does Atrios: “panty sniffers”

md

June 30th, 2009
1:50 pm

Matilda,

Maybe its about honesty vs morals. These people are there as “representatives”, meaning they are chosen to be there in place of “us”. Many have no problem with what they do outside of public life as long as they are honest about it. If one wants to be represented by an adulterer, so be it, but let us know you are an adulterer before we cast our votes, not after.

It’s kin to “bait and switch”, and may have nothing at all to do with “morals”.

Paul

June 30th, 2009
1:57 pm

Mort Merkel

LOL!

Put a ring back on and say you’re married. You might get lucky.

There are a lot of whacko women out there –

————————————————————————————-

Interesting Jay should mention Newt in the article. Both he and John are adulterers. Both cheated while their wives were fighting for their lives.

Political comeback? I hope that’s where the similiarity ends.

Copyleft

June 30th, 2009
2:09 pm

The word hypocrisy gets thrown around a lot when it comes to republicans. Not so much when it comes to democrats. Why? Because democrats don’t stand on principles. There can be no violations of principles when there are none.

Wrong as usual, Peadawg. Because the principle Democrats are standing for (among others) is NOT PREACHING AT THE ELECTORATE ABOUT THEIR PERSONAL MORALS. The Dems are pretty good at sticking to that principle–instead, they focus on governing–, but the Republicans just can’t seem to manage it. I wonder why that is?

Matlida

June 30th, 2009
2:10 pm

DB, agreed. Stupid, stupid mistake, and totally selfish to keep going, hoping the closet would just magically stay locked, when that’s not even remotely possible in a world where cameras are everywhere and every purchase, no matter how small, is tracked into a permanent database.

md, agreed! I wish Clinton would have said, “My personal conversations with an intern in my office are none of your G–D— business, and you’re disgusting for even asking me that. NEXT QUESTION!” As for the morals and honesty of the Republicans, you’ll have to ask them. They’re the ones who seem to be sniffing everyone’s business right up until they get sniffed themselves. I can’t pretend to understand their motivation.

Mrs. Godzilla

June 30th, 2009
2:12 pm

CONGRATS SENATOR AL FRANKEN!!!!!

WAHOOO!!!!

Carole Clarke

June 30th, 2009
2:12 pm

Well, I suppose there’s John Adams and Abigail but hope we don’t have to go that far back. Truman yes but Ike no. Is it something about politics that attracts ego-driven people who end up thinking they CAN get away with it? Perhaps it is unrealistic to expect or even hope for competent people who can also pass moral muster. But I agree with the posts that condemn those who prate morality to get elected then slink around afterward. I guess that means we keep examining them and chucking them out if the sin is just too much.

Rae2

June 30th, 2009
2:14 pm

Is John Edwards, the anti-poverty advocate, now a deadbeat dad? Is he letting a single mother and child that he fathered slip into poverty? (Hopefully not, but it does look this way.) This story DOES matter, as a reminder to us all to watch our politicians very closely and to judge them on what they say AND what they do. Those who believe there is some distinction between the private and public self are unfortunately naive.

Cleta M. Feltner

June 30th, 2009
2:47 pm

I met John Edwards and I thought he was one of the most handsome men that I had ever met and I wondered if women threw themselves at him. I like Elizabeth so much and feel really bad about all this. I still think that John Edwards would have made a great president!

Wyld Byll Hyltnyr

June 30th, 2009
3:23 pm

But for the contrived silence of the liberal media, which knowingly held word of John Edward’s love child from the voting public, Hillary Clinton would have beaten Borat Obumbler in the primaries. Shame on the media for withholding critical information that would have saved this country from the callow, inexperienced ideologue that temporarily inhabits the oval office.

FinnMcCool

June 30th, 2009
3:28 pm

Why are the wingnuts flogging Edwards?

He is very rich, a white male, a lawyer, a politician, and shady about his love affairs – everything you wingnuts hold dear.

crablegs

June 30th, 2009
7:21 pm

In response to Paul. I am a progressive and I deplore what John Edwards has done. But I see it as a male fault not a conservative, progressive or liberal fault. Sometimes I wonder if any man is ever faithful to his wife. The problem I have with conservatives is that they always preach “family values”, and they are no better than anyone else and are always so eager to judge. I have a problem with people who talk the talk but don’t walk the walk.

crablegs

June 30th, 2009
7:40 pm

Every day of freedom the Iraqis enjoy is a day that MoveOn.org and the rest of the gang wanted to deny the Iraqi people. They helped President Obama win an election of course, but they are losing the battle with history every single day, and days like today must drive that home and drive them into a deserved gloom over their own failed plans to see America humbled.

Instead we see them being humbled, bwahahahahaha.

eewwww
I Report (-: You Whine )-:

I’m sorry but I just have to ask. What type of drug are you taking? Because you seem to be delusional. Rest assured that MoveOn.org is not wallowing in gloom or defeat. Just the opposite. And I would also like to know, did you go to fight in Iraq? And if not, why not. If you think the Iraq invasion was a just cause why don’t we invade China, North Korea, Africa and the other nations that abuse their people? Do you even have any idea what you are talking about?

cc

June 30th, 2009
10:20 pm

One is more retarded than the next.

JJ

July 1st, 2009
5:28 pm

You’re all complete tools

Lorraine

July 5th, 2009
1:52 am

Sick, sick, sick of opportunist John Edwards and his equally culpable and profiteering wife, Elizabeth. No doubt she knew all – and just liked to keep up the charade – as long as the money and attention kept on flowing in her direction…..

Yuck. Mr. AND Mrs. Edwards. Yuck.

Never-a-believer-in-NC

January 27th, 2010
4:48 pm

The man was an ambulance chasin’ personal injury attorney before he even got into politics so I don’t see how people believed he was even capable of HAVING a moral compass (well, maybe he had one like Jack Sparrow’s that he could point in any direction he wanted!)