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The Continuing Descent Of John Edwards


"I am Quinn's father. I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves. It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me." -former U.S. senator and Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards in a written statement to NBC's Today Show.

While the circus surrounding John Edwards (and his wife Elizabeth) has continued, I have largely ignored it. While the headlines are sensational and I would likely see some increased traffic, I have felt that the Edwards story is old news. Both John and Elizabeth are no longer political heavyweights. I think that what credibility the family had has been lost in a sea of tabloid rumor and conjecture resulting in an inability to believe anything that is written about them. Because of the whole affair, what could have been a powerful and influential political dynasty, a la the Kennedys, is no longer. John Edwards is politically toxic.

And for good reason.

Oh, don't get me wrong, I'm not perfect. None of us are. People cheat on their spouses all the time. Personally, what you do in your bedroom (or someone else's bedroom?) is none of my business. I could care less. BUT, when someone nails you on it, don't lie. Even after you are nailed, and reports come out about the possibility of fathering a child from the affair, don't lie about it. Edwards' mistake was all of the lying.

In the age of YouTube and TMZ, four words ring clear: You. Will. Get. Caught.

I'm glad that John Edwards finally owned up to his responsibility -- if for no other reason that his two-year-old-daughter. I can only imagine what it would be like to be her...