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Really…Really John (Edwards)…Really!?!

January 21, 2010 1:50 PM

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Back on August 9, 2008, I wrote a blog post entitled “Edwards Wins Gold For Mea Culpa.” The net/net of the post was about giving props to John Edwards for having the balls to not only admit his affair, but to explain why it happened. As I cited, previous political mea culpa’s have ranged from “I apologize…but I did nothing wrong,” as illustrated by Idaho Senator Larry Craig, to “I am deeply sorry I didn’t live up to what was expected of me,” as stated by former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer, to the cowardly telephone admission of “…the fact is the honest answer is yes” by Newt Gingrich when asked about an affair. The one common denominator to every one of these political affair-related mea culpas is that none of these men had the decency, courage and/or awareness to take the next step and explain why it happened. Since Edwards did take that step, I felt he was deserving of a gold medal for his mea culpa.

Today, I am stripping him of his gold medal. When Edwards was interviewed by ABC News’ Bob Woodruff on August 8, 2008 he admitted having an affair with Rielle Hunter but denied being the father of her child. Really!?! Really John!?! Really!?! Dude, WTF were you thinking? Today, you joined the ranks of the cowards. You released a written statement (lame) that you are the baby’s father. Really!?! You had the opportunity 17+ months ago to air everything and put this scandal behind you and your family. But no, instead you pull a Tiger and deny, deny, deny. Really!?! Did you really think this wasn’t going to come out? Really!?! Had you not seen photos of little Quinn who is the spitting image of you in a bonnet? Really!?! Did you not think about your terminally ill wife and the implications of putting her through another scandal 17 months later? Really!?! Did you think putting your buddy Harrison Hickman on the Today Show this morning to take the bullet for you was the right thing to do? Really!?!

Why is it so hard for people to do the right thing and come clean in one fell swoop? We have all witnessed countless politicians, sports icons and celebrities fall victim to flaming a scandal by not disarming the media through full disclosure. Why do people think they will be the one exception and somehow manage to keep other dirty little secrets under the rug? It’s not like we haven’t seen this movie before. We know how it ends.

What do you REALLY think of John Edwards at this point?

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12 Comments on “Really…Really John (Edwards)…Really!?!”

  1. Meagan Says:

    I think it is somehow tied to the fame – famous people (athletes, politicians whoever) have their egos stroked on a regular basis. I have to think that at some point, (the cheating ones at least) start to believe that they’re unlike the rest of us.

    Amazing to me that he took so long to admit this – how sad for Quinn who will someday know that her father denied her to an audience of millions.

  2. Kel Says:

    meagan, i do think some of it is tied to fame. i thought about quinn too. i wondered if he was motivated to come clean because of her or because a former aide is publishing a book in two weeks that would have revealed all this dirt. we will probably never know. in the end, i hope quinn never feels that she was any less important to him than his other children. that would be tragic for everyone involved.

  3. Michelle Says:

    I’m disgusted by John Edwards on so many levels. How could he put his wife Elizabeth through all of this heartbreak after all the pain she has had to deal with over the loss of a child and to his other children including Quinn. All of his actions have been politically motivated and latest admission wasn’t in the best interest of Quinn and his family, but in the best interest of his name.

  4. Kel Says:

    thwack! i think a lot of people agree with you michelle. his actions are so selfish and his accountability is always a day late and a dollar short. i wouldn’t want to be standing in his shoes when karma comes looking for him.

  5. Meagan Says:

    Maybe he did it as a favor to Elizabeth? She’s been skewered in the last couple of weeks because of that Game Change book. Maybe she made him announce it now so she wasn’t the Edwards bad guy!!

  6. Janet Says:

    John Edwards is a dipshit. I really hope that Quinn is able to grow up and feel valued and loved and confident despite the disfunctionality of her parents. I do feel it is the fame that got to his head…I think I vaguely remember him aluding to that back when all this stuff came…him saying that he got to the point where he felt he could get away with it.

    PS – The Weekend Update-esque title of this blog post = awesomesauce

  7. Kel Says:

    meagan, it is hard to imagine her as the bad guy. any woman who has had to deal with losing a child, a terminal illness and a two-timing husband has the right to have moments of crabbiness. i think the dignity and grace by which she has navigated so many of life’s “lowest of lows” is nothing short of remarkable. i hope she is able to find peace soon. she deserves it.

  8. Kel Says:

    janet, you know i love the word dipshit! i feel like people don’t use it enough. haha. john edwards certainly personifies the word.

  9. Jon B Says:

    I lived in North Carolina for 11 years before moving back to Boston. The guy was a rock star. He had everything. And he’s thrown it all away with his choices. From presidental candidate to now giving Tiger a run for his money in the tabloids. Flabergasting.

  10. Kel Says:

    jon, thanks for the insight. i wonder how/if people’s responses differ depending on where they are from. are peeps from north carolina more or less forgiving? maybe that’s asking too much. something tells me there is probably zero forgiveness across the country. as you said, he was a rockstar. his fall from grace is truly jaw dropping.

  11. Dexter Says:

    While I’ve always looked for creative ways to work ‘dipshit’into any conversation, in John Edwards case, it doesn’t quite make it. Calling Edwards a dipshit – is in fact an insult to real dipshits. Unless of course the Dipshits organize and form some kind of National Dipshit Organization (NDO)and name Edwards as their leader – then it might be appropriate (lets hope they have good branding so we can recognize and see them coming, thus avoiding any unnecessary dipshit encounters). Edwards is the vermin that scurries around when the lights come on…the scary part is that someone with so few values – or courage to live by them – was that close to national office. Had he come 100% clean at the start – he would have been much better off.

  12. Kel Says:

    dexter, thanks for the laugh! your comment was hilarious and i laughed out loud each of the six times you used the word “dipshit.” there is something so satisfying in saying and reading that word. haha.

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