A quick thought on the whole John Edwards Affair, since I was calling out The Unofficial John Edwards Fan Club for their radio silence on the topic...
I read Lee Stranahan's HuffPo piece a few weeks back, and I wasn't surprised a bit. This shit just goes with the territory of the super-ambitious and powerful. Be they athletes or politicians—a feeling of invincibility coupled with plenty of time away from home is a recipe for disaster.
But as far as John Edwards, specifically, this doesn't surprise me either. It's not news to regular readers around here that I wasn't buying everything John Edwards was selling. There has always been a lot to like about the guy as a candidate, but for me, there always remained something I didn't like, and couldn't quite put my finger on.
But this whole thing fits right in with that uneasiness. I just never felt like he was completely trustworthy—and I am already grading on a politician's curve.
Ultimately, he's not running for or sitting in a public office anymore, and it's between him and his family, but the sheer balls it took for BOTH John and Elizabeth Edwards to pursue another run at the White House with this shit ready to explode and destroy the Democratic comeback should he have been the nominee is staggering.
Like with Bill Clinton, my attitude is, "can you keep it in your fucking pants for four years, please?"
I don't see how this does anything to hurt Obama by the way. His family life seems air-fucking-tight. And this is a discussion McCain and the GOP want nothing to do with. Even the press seems uneasy with this lest they be forced to confront their overwhelming hands-off approach to McCain's marital history. It pretty much seals the deal that Edwards won't be V.P. however.
UPDATE: This story isn't exactly helping Edwards' stock with me.