While the networks yuk it up with sitcoms and teen libido, the message they're sending the American public is that the most important political gatherings of the last four years don't merit the nation's full attention.
Elizabeth Edwards will get through this. We have seen her grit and fortitude in the past. What the public will be questioning, when they go deeper than their initial reaction of empathy, will be what role she played in how this crisis was handled.
Will Ashley Dupré become a star? Well, really, what other option does she have -- this is on her permanent record, and she'll never, ever escape it. Her only option is to use it, and so far she's in a pretty good position to do so.