I’ve been skeptical about the Edwards story from the beginning, not because I think that any random politician is better than that. To be a successful politician, you have to have the cocky optimism and self-confidence that leads you to think that you can have affairs and get away with it. And probably the flattery-drawn ego that drives you to want that validation. But I was skeptical because the details being touted—the “love child”, the hidden names, the wife with cancer, etc.—were too tawdry for real life, like a soap opera plot. Turns out that I was wrong, though Edwards denies that the baby is his.
My official stance is that unless it’s a matter of hypocrisy, it’s none of your damn business. So, if someone has a history of dogging gay people, prostitutes, people who have sex outside of marriage, etc., their business is now public property because they treat your business like it’s public property. Edwards, as far as I know, has never been a “sanctity of marriage” wanker, and so this is officially None Of Our Business, and anyone who dogged him on this story should be fired on the principle that they don’t know journalism from rooting around in the trash. Hypocrisy is a story; human weakness is not.
I’m not going to get on a high horse about his judgment, because he didn’t get on a high horse with me about mine. That’s all I’m going to say about that.
Remember that Clinton’s infidelities improved his public approval ratings. Hell, maybe this will be good for Edwards’ reputation. That the woman involved in more age-appropriate takes away the thin thread of justification people had for hating on Clinton for the Lewinsky scandal.
What I really hope will happen is that McCain takes the bait and says something about this. Then maybe the fact that he married his current wife a month after divorcing his first wife, who was disabled and not wealthy or politically connected, will become the story is should have been. You know, instead of this shit. Because McCain, with his fundie-pandering, is officially a giant hypocrite.