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John Edwards returns to a federal courthouse during the ninth day of jury deliberations in his trial on charges of campaign corruption in Greensboro, N.C., Thursday, May 31, 2012. Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six counts related to campaign finance violations over nearly $1 million from two wealthy donors used to help hide the Democrat’s pregnant mistress as he sought the White House in 2008.
Confession: I used to root for John Edwards. He comes from my neck of the woods in North Carolina, economically and culturally speaking, and I know his type. He’s the charmed golden boy everybody knows is destined to make it big in a way that nobody out of Robbins, North Carolina, ever has. When he begins to fulfill that prophecy, becoming a filthy-rich trial attorney, everybody thinks he’s still just too special to stop there, and he tends to agree. So he decides to go for it, as Edwards did when he ran for U.S. Senate in 1998. It was his first campaign, period, and it showed. I was then editing an alt-weekly in North Carolina, and we covered Edwards’ long-shot bid extensively—starting with his first-ever campaign event, at the Raleigh Women’s Club. As I remember, Edwards had absolutely nothing to say; he was a handsome grin in a good suit. We endorsed his more progressive opponent in the primary. (Oh, well.)
What drew me to Edwards came later. It so much wasn’t the messenger—though the senator’s working-class background did make one suspect that there was at least a dollop of sincerity in Edwards’ “Two Americas” preachments. More than anything, it was the populist message—largely conceptual in 2004 and sharper and more outraged, like the country, in 2007 and 2008. For those of us who stubbornly believe that populism is liberalism’s only winning message, Edwards looked like he might be a viable champion. Sadly, too few white people would ever lend an ear to Jesse Jackson’s egalitarian message. But they just might pay attention to a twangy white guy from Robbins, N.C., who wants to stick it to the greedy rich people.
via Bye Bye John Edwards.
I didn’t want to ever post about John Edwards ever again, but this article puts into words exactly how I felt about this whole surreal situation. As a North Carolinian, I was both embarrassed and horrified by his actions and infuriated at his audacity to run for president while carrying on this affair that produced a child. If John Edwards is considering reviving his political career, I hope that he is advised that NO ONE wants to see that happen. No one like him, trusts him, or believes that he has anything of value to offer this country. Facts.
Mr. Edwards, your best bet is to stay home and concentrate on raising your kids and trying to atone for all of the pain you have inflicted on others. Your future is not in the public eye unless you want to make an even bigger fool of yourself. Count your blessings that you aren’t serving time and give up your dreams of glory. I do believe in forgiveness and redemption, but you are finished as a politician because of your own actions. Go write a book if you must, just don’t defile my television with your lying face.
Now I am done, moving on…