I’d like to propose three items to include in the file labeled “Wrong is wrong,” and you have to pay the consequences.
First, from the WSJ:
“WASHINGTON — Justice Department prosecutors and lawyers for former Sen. John Edwards are in last-ditch plea agreement talks that could avert felony charges over alleged campaign-finance violations, people familiar with the matter said.
If the talks fail Wednesday, Justice Department prosecutors are expected to seek a grand-jury indictment against Mr. Edwards, these people say….
Prosecutors have been examining whether donors to various political entities affiliated with Mr. Edwards funneled money to a woman with whom Mr. Edwards had an extramarital affair and with whom he fathered a child, these people said. More than $1 million was allegedly paid to the mistress and to an Edwards aide who Mr. Edwards initially said was the child’s father. The money was allegedly aimed at keeping the affair quiet and avoiding problems for Mr. Edwards’s 2008 campaign.”
Edwards has been trying to squirm and wriggle his way out of accountability for this lurid mess for several years now. The gig’s up, dude. Time to face the music, although whatever the law hands out in penalties can’t fully square accounts.
And in less important but still notable matters, MSNBC host Ed Schultz and Fox Business News host Eric Bolling are both in hot water — and deservedly so — for their rhetorical excesses. In a rant on his radio show, Schultz called conservative talk-radio host Laura Ingraham a “right-wing slut” and a “talk-show slut.” On Twitter, Bolling condemned President Obama for being in Ireland “chugging 40s” instead of returning home to deal with the tragedy in Joplin. (Bolling is also the genius who accused Obama of spending $200 million a day on his trip to India, telling people that he wasn’t making up that fact because he found it on the Internet.)
I don’t know what’s going to happen to either man, and in a larger sense it almost doesn’t matter. What matters is that we live in a culture where there is a market for such viciousness.
– Jay Bookman