The Tragedy of John Edwards

The tragedy of the John Edwards affair revelation — beyond the embarrassment for the Edwards family and the fact that this man, once a leading presidential contender, put his party and country at great risk — is that so many of Edwards' supporters hoped and believed he could become a sort of Al Gore for poverty. Just a few weeks ago, Edwards was traveling the country on one of his "poverty tours," saying he expected to speak about the issue at the Democratic convention and move it to the center of the party's platform. The loss of Edwards' credibility is a profound loss for his issues. For now, at least, there won't be a nationally recognized spokesperson for issues of poverty and inequality.

With his image as a new moneyed McMansion connoisseur with elaborate personal grooming habits, Edwards was never the ideal face for this nascent movement. Still, he kept plugging along on his issues, despite the accusations of hypocrisy flung at him. Most of the people who accused him of insincerity, of course, have never lifted a finger to change public policies affecting the poor or call attention to their struggles.

I'm not trying to apologize for Edwards' seamy affair or his lies about it. He's simply not the man so many people hoped he was. But this story has implications beyond the Edwards family and the presidential race.

cross-posted at TAPPED

4 thoughts on “The Tragedy of John Edwards

  1. Karenlyn

    “Glenn Beck hit it dead on… John Edwards — you’re a dirt bag.

    America can not afford to have a man in office who is clearly unable to handle power. Character is essential. History has shown time and time again that men generally don’t handle power very gracefully. Was it your $400 hair cut that caused you to lose control of your zipper? That damn male ego…

    There will always be a beautiful babe waiting in the alley to massage that male ego away from his loving family. Was it worth it? Now you’ve done it… You’ll go down in history with all the other dirt bags.

    BTW, make sure to get your blood tested. Don’t want to PASS on any alley cat viruses to your innocent wife, if that’s even a consideration these days… It’s bad enough that you PASSED the wrong message to your children…

    It’ll be a cold day in hell before I contribute any of my hard earned monies to a campaign having to do with a man whose thoughts are so easily controlled by his zipper.


  2. Virginia Harris

    This was a year when 7 out of 10 candidates had a known history of cheating on their spouses.

    The voters were yawning about it.

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  3. Lee

    Other cheating men have gone on with lives,and people still get hired when they have had an affair. Poverty is personal to John Edwards, so hopefully the people will let him speak up about poverty and keep raising awareness, or perhaps he should take a vow of poverty to show he really wants to raise awareness. His career isn’t over, because he’s a lawyer and can use his degree, to help the poor who are in trouble, if he wants to. I don’t think he expected to ever be President or
    VP, even without the affair. He is
    out of race remember.

  4. Robert Lewis

    Andrew Young of the John Edwards story: The arrests for worthless checks, DWI, burglary, criminal mischief, the federal tax lien


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