|Source: ABC News|
I haven't been following the trial of John Edwards this year, other than seeing a few highlights on the tube. (Which is another way of saying the TV and not YouTube) He's clearly guilty of bad behavior, like having an affair with another woman while his wife is dying, while he was running for President. And then trying to cover it up, whether he used campaign funds to cover it up or not. Which we would be stupid thing to do for a few reasons. If simple stupidity was a crime in America, there would be no one left in America to pay Uncle Sam his taxes, because of most of us would be in prison. But in John Edwards case he would be serving life in prison for being an extreme idiot.
What John Edward did for one, its simply wrong, thats bad enough.
Two, its illegal, again bad enough and reason why you shouldn't do something like that.
And three, he didn't have to do that, again for several reasons. He's a wealthy man for one and could've paid his mistress off, given her plain tickets to Hawaii and perhaps even a 100 hundred-thousand-dollars in cash and perhaps we never hear from her. And anyone else he needed to do, from his own finances and probably could've covered that up as well. But he should've never been in position to have to do something like that to begin with. He should've had a big enough conscience to not have an affair period. But specially considering his wife is dying, the mother of his kids. And of course the impact that something like that would have on his kids.
John Edwards before his affair, was not going to be elected President of the United States. At least not in 2008, but maybe instead of politics he could've moved to Hollywood and played President in a movie. Why not, he's got the look for that type of role. But back in the real world on Planet Earth Edwards was the number three presidential candidate out of three presidential candidates. Another way of saying last place or the Cleveland Browns. And didn't manage to win one major primary or caucus, a state that could've put him ahead of either Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton, he was number three out of three.
John Edwards was a dark horse at best to be selected for Vice President. He had that position in 2004 with John Kerry and other than being an exciting candidate for the Democratic base. But John Edwards looked like Dick Cheney's grandson and student being taught a lesson about U.S. Government 101 at their Vice Presidential debate. They're only 12 years apart by the way. Darth Vader didn't look old, Luke Skywalker, just look way too you and perhaps would've been better off running for Vice President of his 12th grade student class, than the United States.
John Edwards didn't do much for Senator Kerry in places like Ohio and Florida. Kerry wins either of those States, he's elected President in 2004 and perhaps reelected in 2008. And Senator Edwards didn't do a very good job against Vice President Cheney in 2004, in the VP debate. Basically looking a candidate for Vice President of Valley High or some school in North Carolina and a kid. Compared with Vice President Cheney, who looked like a Fellow of Government Studies at AEI or Brookings, compared with Senator Edwards. Edwards did run a solid presidential campaign in 2004 though and became a Democratic star, which is how he got the VP nomination from John Kerry.
John Edwards was not going to be elected President in 2004 or 2008. He was a one-term Senator with no prior political experience as a public official. He was the New Kid on the Block on Capitol Hill in Congress, who only had his Hollywood handsome looks going for him as a politician. He didn't even serve in the House before either, so he had a steep learning curve. Going from being a one-term Senator to President of the United States, he would've had a big learning curve. Going from a one- term Senator with no prior political experience, to becoming Vice President.
But what Senator Edwards brought to the table, was star power. The future of the Democratic Party someone who could bring in new voters, especially young Democrats who are tired of cookie-cutter politicians, who seem to own only one suit or 20 different blue suits, who have people feeding them information as far as what to say like people feed their babies, because they aren't able to speak for themselves without sticking their entire legs in their mouths, let alone their feet.
Career politicians who tell us what we want to hear, or at leas some of us. I guess the unlucky few. Which is exactly what Senator Obama brought in 2008, which was star power, but took it to a much higher level. Had Senator Edwards postponed his dream or fantasy about becoming President of the United States and spent the next 4-8 years learning about the country, working at a think tank. Perhaps Governor of North Carolina or taking a cabinet position, he might still have a political carer right now.
John Edward serving as John Kerry's Vice President, had Senator Kerry been elected President in 2004, would've been a great role and job for John Edwards. He would've learned a lot from a President Kerry, about Washington and about government. And would've been in great position to run for President in 2012, had a President Kerry been reelected in 2008. Similar to Richard Nixon under President Eisenhower, but of course we'll never know.