Why is everyone now so bent out of shape about John Edwards’ affair? The Enquirer has been reporting for several months that Mr. Edwards was involved in some nefarious doings with a woman not his wife. Why all the surprise now?
Sadly, Mr. Edwards follows a long tradition of men in positions of power or perceived power who violate their marital vows because they each thought themselves “master of the universe” and “beyond question.” At the rate we’re going, however, the only politician getting away with being “beyond question” is Senator Barack Obama.
Mr. Edwards betrayed his wife and his family. He also lied to people who supported him. He lied even while he admitted the affair, ignoring his encounter with the Enquirer at a Beverly Hills hotel in July 2008. (That would be a time other than 2006 when he claimed to be having the affair.) Mr. Edwards wants it both ways. He would like to admit his “mistake” and misjudgment without admitting the duration of the affair. Without admitting that he lied to all those people who voted for him while his wife suffered both with disease and an arrogant, jerk of a husband.
No, John Edwards should just be ashamed. Yes, he’s human. We are all entitled to our flaws. My trouble is that he persists in the fraud. He cheated, get over it. But, he needs to be honest and correct his statement. Then, he should quietly return to his law practice and stay there. Perhaps he can coach little league. That might help him pass the time.