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Edwards, Obama, politicians and lessons learned
Posted by: McQ on Saturday, August 09, 2008

MichaelW talked about the Edwards admission yesterday at some length, but it remains fascinating to me for a number of reasons. First, suddenly the mainstream media decides it is a story worth reporting. For instance the NY Times:
Former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina said Friday that he had an affair in 2006 with a woman who was not his wife. But he denied that he was the father of her baby, who was born in February, about a month after Mr. Edwards dropped out of the race for president.
Remember it was the NY Times which published an unsubstantiated story about John McCain having an affair with a lobbyist earlier this year, but wouldn't touch this Edwards story until he admitted the affair.

The other obvious reason it fascinates me is because, like almost all politicians, Edwards felt it was his job to lecture us on morality, his theme being the existence of "Two Americas" and how horrible we were for not recognizing that and doing what is necessary to make us all one America.

Then we have the spectacle of his better half - and in terms of that particular couple, calling Elizabeth Edwards his better half is a very apt description - going on Daily Kos and telling everyone its our business and none of yours:
This was our private matter, and I frankly wanted it to be private because as painful as it was I did not want to have to play it out on a public stage as well. Because of a recent string of hurtful and absurd lies in a tabloid publication, because of a picture falsely suggesting that John was spending time with a child it wrongly alleged he had fathered outside our marriage, our private matter could no longer be wholly private.
But it is not wholly private because John Edwards is a public person in the truest sense of the word, and has now run for the presidency twice. Elizabeth Edwards knows this very well, and it trying to run a little "shame" gambit to head off further inquiry. But the shame resides completely with John Edwards, not anyone else. And, had he come clean in 2006, this would be over.

Secondly, Ms. Edwards points to "absurd lies" in the tabloids. As I recall, essentially the same phraseology was used in 2006 when Edwards flat denied an affair. Thirdly I'd point out that even the NY Times gets it:
Mr. Edwards, who no longer holds public office, said in a deeply personal statement that he had lied in previously denying the affair and that he was “ashamed” of his conduct. He said that “over the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic.
Yes, the "absurd lies" of 2 years ago are now suddenly the truth in 2008. So pardon us if we don't buy into Ms. Edwards claims that what's out there about the child are lies just yet.

The final point comes with those last underlined words. Both of them seem to be something that all politicians on a national level fall victim too, or at least a good portion of them. And it leads to decisions and actions which one can only describe as self-destructive in terms of their chosen profession. But in another form, other than sexual affairs, it could manifest itself in decisions and actions which could be harmful and destructive to the nation as a whole. That poses a real danger.

Gary Hart, Bill Clinton and now John Edwards are textbook examples of this phenomenon. I realize that the three I name all ended up being linked to other women, but as I mention, there are other ways for this problem to manifest itself as well as worse outcomes to be imagined. And I can't help but relate those two words to what I see going on in the Obama camp right now. As I observe him each day, I see egotism and narcissism growing, nourished by adoring crowds and PR flaks who are working their hardest to make Obama an fantasy icon that voters will believe will some day in the future cure all the world's ills.

The problem is, I also see indications that he's buying into that as well. If that's the case, it could be become both scary and dangerous should he win.
 
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Former Senator John Edwards of North Carolina said Friday that he had an affair in 2006 with a woman who was not his wife.


This statement leads me to believe it’s possible to have an affair with a woman who is your wife. WTF?
 
Written By: meagain
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Spin requires a certain degree of tortured grammar sometimes. Some sentences don’t make it out unscathed.
 
Written By: jpm100
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Mr. Instapundit also brings up a great point regarding how the press was also covering for Saddam pre-war.

So the valid question is what else are they not telling us?

Our current press is unworthy of the constitutional freedoms they enjoy. One day someone will try to take it away from them and actions like this will ensure the outcry - if any - is muted
 
Written By: shark
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But it is not wholly private because John Edwards is a public person in the truest sense of the word
It is also not wholly private because the Edwards’ (and their lackeys in the press) made a big deal out of their relationship during their various campaigns.
 
Written By: shark
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Before everyone gets too wrapped up in Edwards committing adultery, we might want to remember that McCain and Giuliani also committed adultery. What it says about Edwards also has something to say about these two. McCain may not have done it during his presidential run, but he did cheat while he was first becoming political.
 
Written By: JWG
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Uh-huh and they didn’t say "No it didn’t happen. It’s tabloid trash!’ either...and I might point out that it didn’t seem to bother the NYT to publish a fact free article on McCain’s supposed affair with a lobbyist, EIGHT YEARS AGO (IIRC), but no one could be BOTHERED to examine The Breck Grrrlll, EVEN WHEN HE WAS A CANDIDATE...no the Breck Grrrrl said it was not true and that was good enough, any way it’s tough to prove adultery...unless of course you’re a Republican, then proof, we doan need no steenk’n proof...
 
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But it is not wholly private because John Edwards is a public person in the truest sense of the word, and has now run for the presidency twice. Elizabeth Edwards knows this very well, and it trying to run a little "shame" gambit to head off further inquiry. But the shame resides completely with John Edwards, not anyone else.
It’s even worse than that. Edwards himself stated rather clearly that his and every politician’s personal life is fair game for scrutiny:
in a March 27 interview with Katie Couric he clearly let it be known that one’s personal life was fair game in a presidential run.
"I think every single candidate for president, Republican and Democratic have lives, personal lives, that indicate something about what kind of human being they are. And I think it is a fair evaluation for America to engage in, to look at, what kind of human beings each of us are, and what kind of president we’d make."
The quote came four days after Elizabeth Edwards announced that her cancer had returned and that it was treatable but not curable.
As many have already stated, it’s not the affair itself that’s the problem. It’s the arrogant, smarmy way in which Edwards held himself out as a paragon of virtue and all the while he was cheating on his dying wife.

And even then, this would still be a back page story if the MSM had just reported on it. Instead, it came out through the blogosphere and tabloid press. It’s yet further proof that the MSM considers itself the gatekeepers of information that will only be doled out to the rubes masses in a form and amount considered acceptable to our betters in New York and L.A.
 
Written By: MichaelW
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Remember it was the NY Times which published an unsubstantiated story about John McCain having an affair with a lobbyist earlier this year,
Remember that it was the New York Times that once ran a front page story about Kitty Kelly’s biography of Nancy Reagan featuring Kelly’s claim that Nancy had an affair with Frank Sinatra while living in the White House.

The New York Times is a creephouse. It’s as if the Borgias went through the pretense of dressing up for dinner at the Harvard Club while they dripped poison into the water supply.
 
Written By: Martin McPhillips
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Two words about coverage of people having affairs on their wives (Who have cancer) being news worthy of serious MSM investigation:

Newt Gingrich.

The press couldn’t dig enough on that situation. But Edwards? Nary a peep.


I hasten to add the other instances, too, in this list; McCain, Giulianni, etc... the press all dug deep on each, and revealed what they found. Not so Edwards.

The reason seems obvious.

 
Written By: Bithead
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It’s yet further proof that the MSM considers itself the gatekeepers of information that will only be doled out to the rubes masses in a form and amount considered acceptable to our betters in New York and L.A.
Hear, hear!
 
Written By: Vivian J. Paige
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"What it says about Edwards also has something to say about these two. McCain may not have done it during his presidential run, but he did cheat while he was first becoming political."
They are all egotistical, cheating idiots. I don’t like any of them.
 
Written By: Grimshaw
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Michael W is right. The affair isn’t the main issue, it’s the context. Edwards is every bit as self-righteous and hypocritical as Jimmy Swaggart or Ted Haggard. He has spent the last eight years lecturing the American people about our moral failings (i.e. two Americas and our failures to care for the less fortunate), using his wife’s cancer and his standing by her for political gain, telling John Kerry twice about his son’s death and his pledge to help people whild prefacing his claim with "I’ve never told anyone this before", etc. All the while he was building his mega-mansion, getting $400 haircuts, investing in hedge funds that profited from the sub-prime mortgage mess, schtupping a campaign worker and fathering a child with her while his campaign chair was paying her hush money. Edwards is disgusting for a whole lot of reasons other than his infidelity.

In regard to the main point of the post, Obama is definitely exhibiting the typical liberal traits of egotism and narcissism. It is to be expected from liberal politicians. With their adherence to the politics of meaning, liberals look to secular political leaders for moral and spiritual leadership. Liberals’ belief that they are morally and intellectually superior is central to every liberal’s self-image. They must attribute traits of greatness and moral superiority to the politicians they support in order to bolster their self-imagined moral superiority. That leads to a level of adulation and sycophancy that, in turn, causes their leaders to buy into their own superiority and entitlement. This is evident in Bill and Hillary Clinton, Jimmy Carter and Obama.
 
Written By: jt007
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Having an affair tells me all I need to know about a person’s character.
 
Written By: Paul
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I’d been at the beach for a couple of days, disconnected from the web and all thoughts of the news, when I happened to turn on the TV just ahead of Edwards’ big announcement Friday night. I caught a word here, a word there yesterday and today but didn’t learn until I got in a couple of hours ago the thing I was most curious about — who the heck is that guy who’s been funneling "his own" money to Hunter.

That guy is Fred Baron, former national finance chairman for the Edwards presidential campaign.

Holy effin eff. Not since Jim Bakker realized that he wasn’t quite finished with Jessica Hahn — and that she wasn’t quite finished with him — have I seen any thing like this. Only this is muuuch bigger, whether the MSM — and Obama, who would probably appreciate the undivided attention they want to give him — like it or not.
 
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