My Apologies to Progressives, Women, and Decent People in General
Why, because I supported a scum-bag in John Edwards last year! In my defense, I didn’t know he was a scum-bag. I didn’t know he treated his wife like trash, cheating on her when she was in the hospital for cancer. I did not know he would father a child by his mistress and spend months denying it. I didn’t know he would endanger Democrats’ chances at the White House by running for president when he knew this was out there waiting to be discovered.
Look, if I am going to call Gov. Mark Sanford (R-SC) an anti-woman, cheating, louse of a husband (and I am), if I am going to call Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), an anti-woman, cheating, louse of a husband (and I am), I must say the same about former Sen. John Edwards (D-NC). Slime and scum.
Yes, I supported him because of his economic populism and peace stances which were stronger than both Clinton and Obama. But MAN did I show poor character judgment. So, to all women, progressives, Democrats and just people concerned about slimy scumbags, I’m sorry. I hope I won’t be fooled again.
UPDATE: Thanks for the kinds words in the comments, but I keep thinking I should have detected such large character flaws. After all, I didn’t like Edwards in ’04. I thought he was too slick and a poor running mate to Kerry. (How do you lose a VP debate to Dick Cheney?) I had worked on Dennis’ Kucinich’s campaign in ’04, hoping that he would push the debate and push even Howard Dean in a more progressive direction. Then the Kucinich campaign went nowhere and Dean self-destructed after Iowa. We Dems were stuck with Kerry–and Edwards. But I thought Edwards the most improved candidate in 4 years: championing the poor and the environment and peace and human rights–and repenting his ’02 vote to authorize the war in Iraq. He should have repented his scumbag adultery!
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