They did this -- both John and Elizabeth engaged in this grand public deception -- in light of, and despite, what Bill Clinton had done to the Democratic party and to the country from late 1995 until early 1999.
Talk of Edwards losing his public career forever is just plain silly. Such a fate for having an affair and lying about it would mean that millions should be added to the already rising numbers of jobless Americans.
Thanks to the clumsy deceptions at every turn, the Edwards gang has obliterated any instinct many of us might have to give their guy the benefit of the doubt.
Public records searches reveal a history of criminal charges and convictions that paint a potentially different picture of Andrew Young than that of a typical campaign worker.
Here's why Elizabeth was willing to believe her husband could cheat and STILL run for president.
This week brought us the latest twists in the John Edwards infidelity story -- a story with many inconsistencies, which HuffPost began to explore last September. Edwards told ABC that he will have no more to say on the matter, but so many loose ends remain -- the incomplete birth certificate, the money paid to Edwards' mistress by his campaign's finance chairman, that blurry pic of Edwards and the baby he claims isn't his -- that more revelations seem inevitable. I've long pushed for a giant border fence separating public life and private lives. But the issue here wasn't Edwards' infidelity, it was his lying directly to the American people. The last thing we need is a sexual purity test for our politicians, but we desperately need political leaders whose word we can trust.
I can't be the only one who Tivoed the Opening Ceremony and channel surfed between Fox News Channel and CNN as the talking heads and tabloid reporters waxed hours about Edwards' turpitude.
In retrospect, Edwards' entire political career was a flash in the pan, a triumph of hype over substance, and a big let-down for any progressives who were fooled into thinking Edwards was the second coming of FDR.
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To think that the importance of Edwards' message about eradicating poverty has been systematically disabled by the predators of prurience who pretend to trade in virtue, is an insult to the American dream.
We're not many hours into the official mainstream media phase of the John Edwards scandal and I'm already surprised. Something has happened that I didn't anticipate: I've lost respect for Elizabeth Edwards.
While we're never surprised to hear that a married politician has stepped out on his wife with one or a million "other women"--often the type with unreasonably puffy bangs and the kind of teeth that beg for fluoride (or something)--it never fails to disappoint us to find out that another one of our potential leading men is, simply, a dog.
There are many great bloggers out there who were convinced until the last moment that Edwards was truthful and that this was a conspiracy hatched by Clinton or Obama to undo him. Edwards owes these folks an apology.
Not only is she battling terminal cancer, but she now must muster the strength to deal with the news that her husband had an affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter.
Edwards is caught having an affair and the overwhelming assumption is that his political career is over. How does that make any sense? Does he care less about poor people than he did yesterday?
Minutes after John Edwards admitted having an extramarital affair during the 2008 campaign, a supermarket tabloid published potentially explosive photos of an infant with a $400 haircut.