Saturday, August 9, 2008

Regarding Edwards

I'm profoundly disappointed. But I'd like mention something, and maybe if there's a politician out there, I might get him or her to think about it for a moment.

Yeah, I'm disappointed in John Edwards because he cheated on his wife, but really that's his wife's problem and not mine. And I'm disappointed again to see the uneven press coverage, holding some people more accountable than others (someone during the commentary last night asked how John Edwards could even consider running for president after doing something like that -- but I've never heard anyone question how John McCain could run for president after all his philandering and bigamy).

But here's something I've never heard people mention: there are a lot of people out here in the trenches who put our hearts, souls, money, blood, sweat and tears into these campaigns, and to betray the work that we do is a hurtful insult. I took a day out of my life to shuttle John Edwards around town and spent a weekend putting up his campaign workers (all of which was fun, but that's beside the point). I have a friend who traveled -- at his own expense -- to Iowa to work for the Edwards campaign before the first primaries. Was Edwards really all that aware of our contributions? Apparently not.

And it's not just Edwards, of course. I know a lot of people here in Chattanooga who busted their asses to get Billy Long elected sheriff. And how did he show his appreciation? Twenty-seven crimes.

John Edwards said with regard to his infidelity, "... becoming a national public figure, all of which fed a self-focus, an egotism, a narcissism that leads you to believe you can do whatever you want, you're invincible and there will be no consequences."

Perhaps if he had taken a look around once in a while, at all the good people who were helping him up, he might have realized that he didn't get where he was all alone. Then perhaps he wouldn't have felt so much like superman.


Keera said...

Maybe he looked at all those good people and thought, "I deserve this." It is hard to keep your feet on the ground when you live in a fish bowl (if I may mix metaphors). I am sorry that an otherwise appealing candidate has this character flaw. But the question is: Did he learn from his mistake? His statements show that he realizes how he came to make such a mistake, and reading between the lines, he seems to be saying he won't repeat it.

Re Billy Long: Good thing he didn't get re-elected, huh.

However, though it looks like public office and public power are bringing out the worst in these people, the worst was already there. Bill Clinton was shown to have a habit WRT extra-marital activities before he was president, and he chose not to break that habit. The office had nothing to do with his flaws, which include not respecting his own public position. That looks like something he shares with Long.

John said...

Don't look now but the National Inquirer has a front page story about Nobama's "Love Child".