Doesn't she look like Camilla?
I haven't had anything to say about this before now because it was all National Inquirer, Fox News and sensationalist blogger fodder. And I don't feed that crap.
But now that we have actual facts to discuss, I will be happy to share my point of view.
If you are coming here expecting some knee-jerk, left-wing, "moon-bat" defense of John Edwards you'll come away disappointed.
Because unlike republican ditto-zombies, I don't take my talking points and marching orders from anybody. I have an actual, functional, well educated, well-read, critical mind and I use it to form my own opinions based on objective, verifiable facts.
What Edwards did was despicable. There is no defense. Period.
I have a shitload of faults, shortcomings and more general fuckedupedness than a grown man on the downhill side of a century should have.
Between relationships, I make no apologies about being the most enthusiastic, unrepentant manwhore the world has ever seen. I love me some wimmins! All shapes, sizes, colors and temperaments!
But one thing I have never done and will never do is cheat on a partner in a committed relationship. Not once, ever.
I think that trust is the very core of any loving, committed relationship. A lack of trust leads to suspicion, jealousy, invasion of privacy, hostility and ultimately the death of the relationship.
Once a trust is betrayed, I don't think there is any way to re-establish it. How could they?
And a "relationship" that started as an affair? Even if they later divorced their spouses and got married, how could there ever be any trust in the relationship knowing that they came together through mutual infidelity?
No, you will find no defense of John Edwards here.
He is out as Vice President.
He is out as a Cabinet Member.
He is probably done politically, period.
Yes, other politicians have survived sexual scandals. But none of them had a wife with terminal cancer. None of them trotted out the story about the death of a son to illustrate what a cohesive family unit they are. None of them used the cancer to generate sympathy and support.
I won't even use this as an opportunity to trot out all of the hyper-hypocritical, right-wing, evangelical, self-righteous bigots who turned out to be airport-bathroom-homosexuals, pedophiles or philanderers. My ISP doesn't give me that much free bandwidth.
It doesn't matter what party you belong to or whether you believe in god or which direction your sexuality swings. I'm even okay with "swinging"...The Lifestyle, if that's what both people want. Play together, or not at all.
But if you don't have trust...if one person is deceiving the other...if one or both of them are hypocrites...professing one set of values while living another...if your life (alone or together) is built on a foundation of lies, well, things are doomed to end badly.
The more public and vocal you are in your self righteousness about such things, the more humiliating your descent into ridicule and contempt will be when you fail to live up to those ideals.
And that is as it should be.