Edwards is a 'truly sorry' human being
At 7:54 a.m. today, my Blackberry shuddered with notice of breaking news. “Former Sen. John Edwards admits that he fathered a baby with his mistress, something he earlier denied,” reported CNN. Edwards's statement -- “I am Quinn’s father ” -- hardly qualifies as news. Much like baseball slugger Mark McGwire’s confession of steroid use, pretty much everyone knew Edwards had been lying about not fathering the child of his former mistress.
So why can't I think about anything else this morning? Why am I so enraged? No doubt some of it is due to what my colleague Ruth Marcus so accurately describes as the “self-justifying smarminess” of his belated admission. The only -- and I stress only -- reason Edwards trotted out a spokesman on NBC's Today show to make his apologies is because even more embarrassing revelations are soon to come out in a tell-all book by the chump Edwards manipulated into trying to pass as Quinn’s father.
Then, too, there is natural sympathy for the people personally hurt by this man. Foremost here is Elizabeth Edwards and her children. Mrs. Edwards is getting a bad rep for being difficult in “Game Change,” the latest chronicle of the 2008 presidential race, but it seems to me -- considering all she has been asked to bear -- she really shouldn’t have to answer to anyone for her behavior.
John Edwards ran for president of the United States while perpetuating a fraud. He cared not for party or family or country. Now, he writes, “To all those I have disappointed and hurt these words will never be enough, but I am truly sorry.” At least he got one thing right: he is truly a sorry human being.
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