Poor John Edwards, the presidential want-a-be can’t even get a contrition speech right.
Bill Clinton laid out the master plan but Edwards couldn’t follow his bread crumbs. And, Edwards wants us to believe he is smart enough to run the country!
Edwards did his “I have sinned” confession in an intimate at-home television interview with ABC’s Bob Woodruff, complete with soft lighting and freshly coiffed hair. There were no visible signs of remorse – no lip biting, no tear in the eye. Couldn’t he lose the hair spray just this once?
When the camera started rolling and Edwards opened his mouth, he was doomed!
Edward wants us to believe that:
• His affair with Rielle Hunter was in 2006, during the time his wife’s cancer was in remission.
(Does that somehow make him less of a scoundrel?)
• His “brief” affair was with a “campaign staffer.
(Edwards met Hunter in a bar in December 2005. She was hired in July 2006 to video his every move, which gave her a reason to travel with him.)
• The $100,000 Hunter was paid for this job was the going rate for film makers with no experience.
(Edward always has supported raising the minium wage.)
• He did not father her child conceived in July of 2007.
(When the National Enquirer reported the pregnancy, another married man, Andrew Young, who was on Edward’s payroll, claimed responsibility)
• He knew nothing about the fact that Fred Baron, Edward’s campaign treasurer, relocated both the Young family and Hunter and has been making payments to them.
(If Young is the father of the child, why did Baron feel it necessary to relocate and pay him off?)
• He would like the opportunity to take a paternity test but the mother won’t allow it.
(Hunter was receiving $15,000 a month payments to keep quite about the affair. Now that it’s out in the open, can’t Baron simply pay her to allow the test and clear this whole thing up. After all, Hunter’s got a three million dollar home and a baby to support. A girl’s got to make a living!)
• His recent 5-hour meeting with Hunter and her baby in the middle of the night was completely innocent.
(He didn’t tell his wife about it until after he was ambushed by the Enquirer.)
The America people can be naive. How else can you explain the political rise of this ambulance chaser who helped drive up the cost of medical care for everyone and now wants to nationalize healthcare? How else can you explain why so many believed that he cared for the poor while his investment company preyed on those less fortunate?
If there was any doubt, this guy Edwards was a phoney, it was removed when he announced that he would continue his race for the White House even though his wife’s cancer had come back and was terminal. Anyone who knows anything about this dreaded disease knows that stress makes things worse.
Now we know that the compassionate Mr. Edwards dumped this indiscretion on his wife when he had (supposedly) ended his affair in 2006, adding even more stress and misery to her life. If Edwards, indeed, told his wife about the affair then and asked her forgiveness (or was this just another of his cheap political I’m-not-really- as-bad-as-you-think tricks) it was a selfish, heartless act. He should have carried his guilt to his grave.
The American people are a forgiving people — but we are not dumb. This man is political toast!
The Clinton team tried to capitalize on Edward’s self-destruction. Former Communications Director Howard Wolfson told us that if Edwards had been caught in his lies and forced out of the race before the Iowa primary, his candidate likely now would be the presumptive Democrat nominee because “Edward’s voters” would have been “her voters.”
My theory is a little different. If the mainstream media had picked up on the stories in the Enquirer and forced Edwards to drop out early, it would have hurt – not helped – her chances, because the affair reminds voters of Mr. Clinton’s serial philandering. Hillary could not be compared to Mrs. Edwards, who was blind-sided while ill and faced with only one indiscretion. Hillary can be compared to Rielle Hunter. Bill’s philandering is legion. Hillary not only put up with his affairs but managed the “bimbo eruptions” in order to feather her own nest.
What can we learn from all of this?
Carefully examine the candidates. Don’t be fooled by a pretty exterior and smooth talk. Check their records for yourself and don’t be swept away by the mainstream media. At least the tabloids have some standards!