I have a hard time getting worked up over other people’s infidelities, but I’m deeply disappointed by John Edwards’ very public admission not only that he had an affair, but goddammit, he did not father that baby. The release of the salacious details are obviously bad timing in an election year, damage the national Democratic reputation, and shit on the millions of voters that saw him as a beacon of hope against the hypocrisy and cynicism of Washington. I can’t believe the guy would make a run for the nomination with this kind of skeleton rattling around in his closet. Speaks to a massive ego, I guess. I’m curious to see how Obama will respond, or if he’ll respond at all, other than wiping Edwards’ name off the short list for Attorney General.
Meanwhile, McCain can’t respond officially without drawing further attention to his own marital sleaze.
But the thing that irks me, aside from the hollow “I apologize for my excessive narcissism” plea by Edwards, is that I’ve personally developed a lot of respect for Elizabeth Edwards, her outspoken persona and activism, and embrace of technology like blogging, who joins the likes of Michelle Obama and Hillary Clinton on my political role model list, and I’m sick of seeing women in power get shit on not only by their adversaries and the media, but also by their husbands, who appear only to be as faithful as the next opportunity. The only bright spot on the media angle is that Elizabeth Edwards didn’t do the stand-by-your-man kabuki that so many other political wives have been made to endure, although Edwards himself takes credit for this. You never know what kind of arrangements or compromises the Edwardses have made over the course of their political and marital trajectories, and I don’t aim to speculate.
For what it’s worth, Elizabeth Edwards responds here.
UPDATE: Octogalore’s take here.
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