John Edwards

Former Senator John Edwards is a sad figure. Eight years ago, John Edwards had a real shot at becoming the vice president of the United States. He was a fresh new face. He was a senator. He had moments on the campaign trail where he created a real spark. Four years ago, John Edwards ran for the president of the United States. He was in the same position that Mitt Romney is in now. He had been eyeing the presidency for a while. He’d gotten his inner circle of advisers together. They had been strategizing for years. He’d been to Iowa so often that I thought he’d actually moved there and set up permanent residency. A bizarre combination of ego, ambition and stupidity combined to kill his candidacy and put in in hot water with the feds.

Yesterday, when the mainstream media announced that John Edwards was found not guilty on one count and there was a mistrial regarding all other counts, there were bizarre reactions among the public of dismay, disbelief and befuddlement. I could only smile. Most of us have never read anything about election law. If you don’t read the law, how do you know that he’s guilty of something? In my mind, the bottom line is John Edwards is a sleazebag. This is proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. He is guilty of being a jerk. He’s guilty of being a first-rate ass to his deceased wife, Elizabeth, and to his kids. Other than that, I’m not sure if he’s guilty of anything else. I wish him well.

I thought that this quote sums everything up pretty well – “As noted by nearly every campaign finance lawyer who considered the matter, this was a lousy case,” Melanie Sloan, president of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), said in a statement. “All the salacious details prosecutors offered up to prove that Edwards is, indeed, despicable, were not enough to persuade the jury to convict him.”


2 Responses

  1. Then the question is, why did Justice prosecute him?  Why a very public and expensive prosecution?  Perhaps as a warning shot across the bow for any future escapades by future candidates and donors?  A reminder that although we may not be able to convict you, we can rub your nose in it so you won’t ever run again?  I’ve always thought Edwards was a craven pretty boy (his WaPo op-ed in favor of the Iraq war is the very definition of political cynicism), even though he talked a good game on poverty.  Listening to him on TV after his mistrial reminded me of how much I have NOT missed his voice!  Shut up and go build houses for Habitat for Humanity, John!

  2. It really doesn’t/didn’t make any sense to me. Maybe the administration didn’t want to get stuck in that partisan trap? I can here prominent Republicans like Eric Cantor screaming at the top of their lungs if the Obama administration didn’t prosecute this guy.
    I guess one of the other big questions that are hanging out there – why aren’t the laws written better? How can a donor give over $1 million and that be shunted to a mistress and be legal? It shouldn’t be legal. Yet, another reason to get money out of politics.

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Errington C. Thompson, MD

Dr. Thompson is a surgeon, scholar, full-time sports fan and part-time political activist. He is active in a number of community projects and initiatives. Through medicine, he strives to improve the physical health of all he treats.


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