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July 3, 2009

POLISCUM: JOHN EDWARDS

National Enquirer - While John Edwards' former loyalist Andrew Young met secretly with the Federal Grand Jury investigating the hush money conspiracy. . .

According to The New York Times, Young writes in his book proposal that Edwards said he "would be taken care of for life" in return for falsely claiming he was the father of Rielle Hunter's baby.

Young quotes Edwards as saying: "You know how much I love you. You know I'd walk off a cliff for you, and I know you'd walk off a cliff for me. I will never forget this. And I will always be there for you."

Before appearing in front of the grand jury, Young says he was questioned by The FBI. . .

Sam Smith - I supported John Edwards in 2008 but, as a result of his reported behavior, I now consider him to be worse poliscum than Governor Sanders and John Ensign because he not only betrayed his ill wife and was an astounding hypocrite, but betrayed the honorable cause of progressive populism he purported to support. Not as bad a poliscum as Bill Clinton, based on the sheer number of women that the latter hurt in order to satisfy himself, but still pretty bad. As I wrote last August, "The Edwards affair helps to explain my reputation as a doubter; and it provides added support for one of my basic journalistic principles: the quickest way to get into trouble into say something nice about a politician. . . . In fact, the overwhelming proportion of my journalistic misjudgments have been the product of excessive optimism. So obvious is this statistical bias that I never compliment a politician anymore without considering the risk involved, the letters I will receive and the ridicule I may endure."

My other rule of thumb is not to hide the screw-up, which is why the Review ran Enquirer's news of the Edwards affair in December 2007, when hardly any other publications did.

4 Comments:

Anonymous Mairead said...

You didn't see in '04 that he was opportunistic, faux-populist scum, Sam? I did, and it shocks me that you (apparently) didn't. I'm definitely not the sharpest knife in the drawer, but his opportunism was as obvious to me as Dean's was.

July 3, 2009 6:36 PM  
Anonymous Ajit said...



I now consider him to be worse poliscum than Governor Sanders and John Ensign



You mean Sanford.....

July 4, 2009 12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I never put any stock in Edwards or Obama or Kerry or Gore. In those elections I voted for Nader whilst being called by my children, whose liberal arts educations I paid for, a dreamer, and even willfully arrogantly self-centered. But I don't hear much of that talk these days.

July 7, 2009 8:48 PM  
Blogger Inspector Clouseau said...

I developed a great admiration for Elizabeth Edwards and her approach to this traumatic experience in her life. I strongly suspect that despite the recent trials and tribulations, there must be a strong foundation based on something which may not be easily defined, which keeps them together. Let's hope that the family unit is not further damaged by whatever is disclosed during these hearings.

August 10, 2009 7:02 PM  

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