Just going to try and keep track of the stupidest that I find.
Let’s start with the “everybody in America is a cheat” theme:
You see, John Edwards may be unique in having had the opportunity to run for president of the United States, but his affair puts him on a par with the majority of the American public. The fact that we stop to gawk at him underscores our similarity to a herd of zebras, while our holier-than-thou looks of disdain uncover our propensity for self-forgiving double standards.
Yeah. Right. A majority of Americans have cheated on their spouses? I call Barbra Striesand on that one. And while we know that Democrat Presidents cheating on their wives is standard – its the whole “elect me President because my wife is dying of cancer” meme that he ran his whole campaign on that gives this a bit more of the hypocrite stink than normal. As in high-diving into the cesspit and drinking deeply.
Of course there is the ‘nothing personal should be reported‘ theme:
Speaking only for myself- who cares? What people do in their personal lives is between them and the other people in their personal lives.
Wouldn’t it be better if we all stood together and said he never should have been asked about it in the first place? That it shouldn’t be a political factor? That it’s up to us to try to change that dynamic? As long as we are afraid of and submit to the politics of personal lives, we allow such politics to persist and prevail.
Unless the personal life is one that is of a conservative, of course. But sure – why don’t you just go ahead and change all of humanity so nobody cares about other people’s personal lives. Why don’t you get Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie and Paris Hilton working on that one? But then, who would give a crap about these airheads if people didn’t obsess about other people’s personal lives. Maybe one of those things that people do?
And knowing how you live your personal life does tend to give some insight in how you will conduct your professional one. As in Clinton would throw anyone and anything over the side in order to further his personal power – whereas George W Bush has stuck to his view on Iraq regardlesss of how much you liars beat him up?
The ever-popular – its all HER fault defense:
Monday’s CBS Early Show, came up with a list of excuses for John Edwards cheating on his wife, including co-host Harry Smith suggesting that the woman Edwards had the affair with, Rielle Hunter, targeted the former Senator: “This woman in question has a very interesting history…knowing her as this kind of bar fly who had this kind of crazy past… From reading everything I read it seemed to me that she targeted Edwards.”
it was the fault of the cancer defense:
In the later segment, during the 7:30am half hour, Smith talked to psychologists Robi Ludwig, from Cookie magazine, and Frank Farley, from Temple University. Smith began by posing the question: “Why do politicians like John Edwards risk their careers by having extramarital affairs?” Ludwig decided to blame Elizabeth Edwards’s cancer: “What was the trigger? So I wonder if there was something about his wife’s illness that somehow got him to cheat or contributed at least.”
the “he was afraid of losing his wife” defense:
Ludwig replied: “Well, you know, I think that we get so caught up in good or bad, you know. Is somebody a good person or a bad person. Cheating is wrong…But I think that there are multiple factors. Was he doing it because he had a fear of losing his wife? I mean, there are lots of different reasons.” Smith then conceded: “No, I hear that…there may be legitimacy to that.”
the “he just couldn’t help himself” defense:
“It’s possible he couldn’t stop himself, in the sense. You know? The career of politics involves all sorts of change, variety, novelty, risk, uncertainty. They tend to be natural rule-breakers, these — the folks who go in there, you know. If they followed the strict rules, they’d have a 9:00 to 5:00 ordinary job.”
Then there is the “no big deal” defense:
you’d think JE was the first politician to have an affair, when they’ve been doing it for thousands of years.
Is it wrong? Yes. Does it erase all the good things about JE? No.
He’s not evil. He just made a huge mistake. It’s one he should have to pay consequences for, but it’s certainly not an unforgivable sin.
It’s just a mistake. Like when you are driving down the road and you take the wrong turn. And then you actively seek out some blonde bimbo, take off her clothes and have sex with her and create a baby and lie to your wife and family and country and pay her hush money and get your aide to say he’s the father and pay heaven knows how much money to this tart to get HER to refuse to take a DNA test so the lie on the child will not come back to you. Just a mistake like that.