Meanwhile the Wall Street Journal has the details from the new book by Andrew Young so you don't have to read it. Here are a couple of tidbits that reveal the character of the man.
Donations: “S–t, they love me — they would do anything for me,” John Edwards would say after getting a big donation, Young writes. If refused, he would say, “What the hell — why are they wasting my time? I’m going to be president. I don’t have time for this s–t. Everyone wants to give me advice. I don’t want their advice. I want their money.”What a charmer. He was cheating right and left despite both the campaign and his wife's cancer.
Made in USA: Young says Edwards is an Atkins-dieter who hated making appearances at state fairs where “fat rednecks try to shove food down my face. I know I’m the people’s senator, but do I have to hang out with them?” Before a SEIU candidate forum in Las Vegas, Young says Edwards made him cut out a “made in the USA” label from Young’s own suit to sew in place of Edwards’s “made in Italy” label.
The man was a phony through and through. Some of us knew it as soon as he appeared on the scene in North Carolina. But it's scary how close he got to high public office. I guess John Kerry's judgment in picking a running mate was worse than John McCain's.
Another thought on John Edwards - everyone, right and left, agrees now that the guy is a major sleaze and that we're extremely glad that he didn't rise further in political office. But I thought that we were taught that how a person acted in his personal life was totally divorced from how he performed in public office. Only Neanderthal prudes would care about how he behaved in private. So what makes John Edwards so different from Bill Clinton? Is it that Bill's wife didn't have cancer? Is it that Bill's paramour didn't conceive a child because Bill preferred a different, er, pleasure delivery system? That all seems a difference in details, not character. Is the real difference that Clinton was in office when his sins were laid bare, so to speak, and Edwards was out of office?
Here's a horror thought: if we were now in the second term of a Kerry/Edwards administration (I know, I know, but bear with me) and just some of this sleazy story came out, would we be told that it didn't matter because that was just his private life?