Friday, August 8, 2008

I am disappointed in you, John Edwards

Damn you, John Edwards!

August 8, 2008

Chapel Hill, North Carolina

In 2006, I made a serious error in judgment and conducted myself in a way that was disloyal to my family and to my core beliefs. I recognized my mistake and I told my wife that I had a liaison with another woman, and I asked for her forgiveness. Although I was honest in every painful detail with my family, I did not tell the public. When a supermarket tabloid told a version of the story, I used the fact that the story contained many falsities to deny it. But being 99% honest is no longer enough.

I was and am ashamed of my conduct and choices, and I had hoped that it would never become public. With my family, I took responsibility for my actions in 2006 and today I take full responsibility publicly. But that misconduct took place for a short period in 2006. It ended then. I am and have been willing to take any test necessary to establish the fact that I am not the father of any baby, and I am truly hopeful that a test will be done so this fact can be definitively established. I only know that the apparent father has said publicly that he is the father of the baby. I also have not been engaged in any activity of any description that requested, agreed to or supported payments of any kind to the woman or to the apparent father of the baby.

It is inadequate to say to the people who believed in me that I am sorry, as it is inadequate to say to the people who love me that I am sorry. In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic. If you want to beat me up -- feel free. You cannot beat me up more than I have already beaten up myself. I have been stripped bare and will now work with everything I have to help my family and others who need my help.

I have given a complete interview on this matter and having done so, will have nothing more to say.

Long time readers know that I was a supporter of John Edwards' presidential campaign. I believed in his platform and thought he would make a wonderful president of the United States. You know, I still believe in his platform, but I am woefully disappointed in the man. On the one hand, I don't think sexual habits have anything to do with the ability to be a leader. The list of unfaithful men who Americans swoon over is long: From Thomas Jefferson to JFK to MLK. And none of my Republican friends better say one word to me about this, as their presidential candidate is married to his former mistress.

But I am disappointed that powerful men, even the ones that seem "better than that" seem always to live down to the public's lowest expectations of them.

I am disappointed that another family has to suffer through pain inflicted by a callous father who cannot put his sexual needs behind the welfare of his family--and this family has already suffered through enough pain, including the death of a child and Elizabeth Edwards' cancer. I hope to God that Edwards' "handlers" don't subject his wife to tawdry photo ops and press conferences where she must stand mutely in support of her man.

I am disappointed that someone who could have done a lot of good as a leader may have thrown his career away...and for what?

I am disappointed in John Edwards' overweening ego. How do you enter the presidential primary process at a time when a Democratic win is imperative for the survival of the country and Constitution, knowing that you have recently had an affair and that your paramour is having a baby, and knowing that the press is on to the story (HuffPo wrote about the rumors back in Sept. 2007)? If Edwards had become the Democratic candidate instead of Barack Obama, this little revelation would surely have cost the party November and stuck the country with four more years of shitty government. Really--what kind of egomaniac do you have to be to take that chance?

I am disappointed that some jackass just called the political radio show that I am listening to and proclaimed, "I used to think John Edwards was 'soft,' but this makes me think he is a regular guy. I like him now." WTF?

I am disappointed that we, as a public, are going to be all titillated about this for weeks on end. Gleefully dissecting the Edwards' marriage and acting like this affair means more to us than the people truly involved.

I am just damned disappointed. Period.


MacDaddy said...

Sad. My heart is with his wife. Having cancer, she shouldn't have to deal with this.

As for his political ambitions, he can forget it. I'm just glad he didn't turn out to be the democratic nominee for president.

Symphony said...

It is disappointing but what is frustrating and gets me mad is that it seems as he may be hiding more.

He's yet to learn that the slow drip drip drip method has a 100% failure rate as an effective response to scandal.

Anonymous said...

I'm extremely disappointed in John Edwards for entering the presidential primary KNOWING this scandal could break at anytime. I don't care that he had an affair, it could have been any number of behaviors. IF he had won the nomination and then this broke in the news, it would have handed the election to McCain, we get screwed for eight more years, end of story.
Peace, Quackers

Lady C said...

I am neither surprised nor disappointed. Why? I am not Elizabeth Edwards.

I am disappointed in the traditional media, in that they had an opportunity to be compassionate to Elizabeth, and they chose to scoop the story. Why did they choose now to go after JE?

My cynical side is whispering to me that Billary is behind this recent development. Obama did choose Elizabeth Edwards to help form his health plan based on JE's ideas, and Billary are still being their slick selves in the media. Bill won't commit to saying Obama is ready for the POTUS, and Hills is contemplating her supporters putting her on the first round of the ballots during the convention.

Anonymous said...

I think the problem lies in statements that men in power who do this sort of thing can be ok.

Well sort of let JFK coast along, and MLK and the rest of them. It's why we have patriarcby, and women are stuck with these idiots.

Now when women say enough, and stop electing men to high office, or we have the guts to say, this is a deal breaker for the presidency guaranteed, then we might see some change.

Men do this because they think they can, women stay married to them, and their place in history still is respected. But feminism has made it harder for these guys to do the JFK and MLK stuff without severe public raking over the coals, and that is a small and positive change.

Put men in power, and this is what they do. The only difference is that some escape public scrutiny and others don't. Next...

AJ Plaid said...

What galls me is the homophobia that seemed to trail Edwards, as seen in the statement, "I thought Edwards was soft. But he's a regular guy, just like me."

WTF, indeed. So, men have to have affairs in order to be part of the Red-blooded Menz Club? Just so over it...


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