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The Rise and Fall of John Edwards



Former North Carolina senator John Edwards is under federal investigation. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)

The news that former senator John Edwards is under federal investigation for possibly using campaign dollars as hush money for his mistress is simply the latest blow to a man who rose faster and fell harder than almost anyone in modern political history.

The North Carolina Democrat acknowledged in a statement to the Raleigh News & Observer that the U.S. Attorney's office is looking into whether any of the money donated to his campaign was used to keep film maker Rielle Hunter, with whom Edwards had admitted an affair, quiet about their relationship.

"I am confident that no funds from my campaign were used improperly," Edwards said in the statement. "However, I know that it is the role of government to ensure that this is true."

The admission of an investigation is a new low for Edwards, who has already acknowledged an affair with Hunter even as he was running a campaign for president and while his wife, Elizabeth, was battling cancer.

Edwards burst onto the political scene in 1998 -- a renowned trial lawyer with no political experience who was as close to a natural as had been seen in the Democratic Party since the man from Hope.

After a single term in the Senate, Edwards cast his eye on national office -- running a surprisingly strong primary race and eventually winding up on the ticket as Sen. John Kerry's (Mass.) vice presidential running mate.

Four years later he was at it again with a presidential bid that, from the start, was overshadowed by the presence of Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton.

Despite his twin defeats, Edwards was mentioned as a possible Attorney General in the Obama administration before word of the scandal broke.

Edwards' rise and fall got us to thinking about where it fit into the other Icarus-like rises (and crashes) in modern politics.

The most obvious competitor for Edwards is former Gov. Elliot Spitzer (N.Y.) who was elected in a landslide in 2006 and talked about as a potential presidential candidate before being forced to resign in a sex scandal in March 2008.

But, Edwards may still take the (booby) prize because his rise went higher (president rather than governor) and his fall may well go lower.

Who else should be considered for the Icarus Award? Former New Jersey Gov. Jim McGreevey? Former Florida Rep. Mark Foley?

Offer your own nominations in the comments section below.

By Chris Cillizza  |  May 4, 2009; 3:44 PM ET
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I was ready to let poor John Edwards fade into oblivion but the previous post is just too incredible.

First of all, if Edwards schtick seemed old in 2008 how will it play in 2016 when there will be a host of new presidential contenders on the scene? Senator James Webb (D-VA) is one that comes to mind.

Even if you buy into his premise that it will be Hilary Clinton vs Edwards in 2016 why would Edwards prevail over Clinton who has been enhancing her reputation as Secretary of State? Meanwhile Edwards would have had to lay low to let the stink go away.

If it were just a matter of cheating on his wife it might be survivable. Bill Clinton proved that. But Edwards early in the campaign made an emotional appearance with Elizabeth to announce that the cancer had returned. All while Edwards was having the affair.

Later on, on television he said that he had the affair while his wife was remission as if that was a legitimate excuse. This makes Bill Clinton look like a saint in comparison.

Finally the author makes a crack about Elizabeth cutting off a part of Edwards anatomy in preparation for a 2016 race. Elizabeth Edwards is terminally ill and it is not apparent that she will survive that long. I wish her the best because she deserves better than what she got

He calls him a good politician but in two well funded presidential campaigns he won exactly one primary. The only explanation for the author's reasoning is that he is related to or in love with John Edwards.


Posted by: danielhancock | May 6, 2009 8:06 PM | Report abuse

Chris i think Edwards will be back. Elizabeth will be on Oprah on Thursday. I feel sorry for her but i think he is reparing his image for a 2016 run. He has plenty of time. Edwards and Hillary have 8 long years to drum up support for the 2016 Presidential Democratic nomination. Also people will forget about the Edwards affair by then hopefully Elizabeth will cut off his weener by then. It's really about running the country not about who he is sleeping with. Edwards what ever you may think of him as a husband, is a good politician. I think he will be back in 2016.

Posted by: mattadamsdietmanager1014 | May 5, 2009 9:24 PM | Report abuse

For highest fall I would have to agree with Bill Clinton, Nixon was more of an embarrassment and he was forced out, but not over sex. Which this country still can't get a grip on.

But for pure comical effect, the award has to go to Larry Craig and his putting 'toe tapping' in the American lexicon.

Posted by: PatrickNYC1 | May 5, 2009 3:18 PM | Report abuse

Elizabeth Edwards to appear on Oprah show Thursday.

Posted by: JakeD | May 5, 2009 12:13 PM | Report abuse

Here's a microcosm of recent scandals that begs the question, why are two on the speaking circuit or still in office and two out of office? Certain voters and supporters apparently won't condemn any behavior.

Bill Clinton -- Married, got BJs from Monica in the White House, lied under oath, and pointed his finger at the American people and lied to them. Showed his contempt for the American people when he pardoned convicted child molester Democratic Congressman Mel Reynolds.

John Edwards -- Presidential candidate, VP candidate, Senator, and decided to bonk a campaign consultant while his wife was dying of cancer, and then lied about it. Still won't take a paternity test proving Hunter's child isn't his.

Eliot Spitzer -- Considered the next great Democrat sure to win the presidency. Married Governor of New York and former prosecutor of prostitution who decided to commit adultery with high-priced prostitute on a regular basis.

Barney Frank – Had sex with a male intern who he hired to work for him, and then used Congressional office to fix intern’s parking tickets and pressure probation officers. Frank’s lover ran a male prostitution business out of Frank’s home for almost two years. Re-elected repeatedly. Why?

Every party has its black sheep, but they’re seldom the President, candidate for President and Vice-President (Edwards); the next great candidate for President (Spitzer), and the repeatedly re-elected architect of the Fannie Mae/Freddic Mac disaster (Frank) who had a male prostitution business running out of his house. These men are standard bearers? They barely have standards.

Posted by: CaptainQ | May 5, 2009 11:50 AM | Report abuse

We are a nation of voyeurs. No matter what an elected official has or has not done we find much greater pleasure in exploiting their disgraces than their successes. Perhaps it is just to sell newspapers. Perhaps it because we, as the public voice, have a mindset that says "There but for the grace of God go I". We realize that our own mistakes and indiscretions will never become public, and it is so easy to be an anonymous critic in today's world. Maybe we will once again become a great America when we stop undermining those we elect as soon as the election is over, and allow those who have genuine personal problems to solve them in private!

Posted by: Opinionated8 | May 5, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

Everybody seems to have forgotten VP Spiro Agnew. I guess his
sins were overshadowed by Nixon

Posted by: normein | May 5, 2009 8:46 AM | Report abuse

In the US, i'd say Nixon. Another post made a very interesting case for Aaron Burr. Outside the US, any number of despots that ended up killed. Of current politicians, George W. Sure Edwards is a sleaze, but he never got all that high(a VP candidate at his peak) and he isn't falling all that low (I doubt he'll end up in jail).

Posted by: Renu1 | May 5, 2009 2:28 AM | Report abuse

agreed, Donna Rice... Jeans commercial, S.S. Monkey Business, the Nintendo Democrat, Gary Hart.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | May 5, 2009 2:19 AM | Report abuse

Winner: George W. Bush
First Runner-Up: Larry Craig

Posted by: HannahBanana | May 4, 2009 10:21 PM | Report abuse

mnteng:

The best suggestion I saw to date was that IL should add a pre-indictment proceeding to the Governor's swearing-in ceremony.

Posted by: Nissl | May 4, 2009 7:26 PM | Report abuse

LOL! Just like Barack Obama was too smart to have nominated Daschle and Richardson?!

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 7:25 PM | Report abuse

Gary Hart. No doubt about it.

Posted by: AZANNE | May 4, 2009 7:23 PM | Report abuse

I think the career of John Edwards was limited long before this affair came to light even it was the National Enquirer that broke the story.

There is a sense that people have that allows them to tell themselves when they are being conned. For lack of a better term I call this the phonyness meter. It think that Edwards tripped the phonyness meter on too many people for him to ever be elected president or to be re-elected Senator from North Carolina in 2004.

Even if this had not come to light I think that Barack Obama is too smart to have appointed Edwards as the attorney general.

Edwards fooled the NC voters in 1998 and fooled some of the Democratic primary voters in 2004. But by 2008 his act had worn thin and even though he spent over thirty million dollars on his campaign he won no primaries and only a handful of delegates.

You can fool some of the people . . . . .

Posted by: danielhancock | May 4, 2009 7:21 PM | Report abuse

Josaphat:

I (obviously) disagree with that assessment. Assuming, for the sake of argument, that George W. Bush is a war criminal, though, does that make Obama an accessory BEFORE or AFTER the fact?

Everyone else:

Someone who is still on the rise (and, hopefully, won't fall):

http://voices.washingtonpost.com/thefix/eye-on-2012/palin-to-be-part-of-national-c.html

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 6:57 PM | Report abuse

George W. Bush. He rose from cretin to president and fell to the state of moronic war criminal.

Posted by: Josaphat | May 4, 2009 6:51 PM | Report abuse

mnteng:

Jack Ryan wanted to have sex with her in public, based on the info that came out. What an IDIOT!!!

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 6:49 PM | Report abuse

jm917:

Even a broken clock is right twice a day ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

JakeD:

I have to agree with Jack Ryan. Young, telegenic, cruising along against a little-known state senator from the South Side. But I think it was Seven of Nine that wanted the divorce, based on the info that came out.

Any IL Gov. should get consideration for an "Icarus" award. You never know what they're up to. Pretty soon, they'll have a "Governor's" wing at Marion or Pekin or wherever those guys end up.

Posted by: mnteng | May 4, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 6:43 PM | Report abuse

To JakeD:

Congratulations! You and I finally agree on something. May commity henceforth reign.

Actually, when you consider how badly Benedict Arnold was screwed over by Congress, it almost (not quite) explains--I won't say excuses--his treason. He couldn't get promoted any higher because Congress decided there were already too many generals from Connecticut. Before that, Arnold was one of the bravest and most talented commanders in the Continental Army, and largely responsible for winning the decisive battle of Saratoga. His decline and fall was actually pretty tragic.

Burr, though, was a pure scoundrel, through and through.

Posted by: jm917 | May 4, 2009 6:39 PM | Report abuse

jm917:

Yes, I meant Aaron Burr instead of Alexander Hamilton (below). He died in 1836 when he was 80 though. He actually served during the Revolutionary War under, you guessed it, General Benedict Arnold!

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 6:26 PM | Report abuse

dee5 - "Nope, the biggest fall in political history was surely Richard Nixon's descent into oblivion from the presidency."

Perhaps the biggest fall in US political history, though others like LBJ and several jailed Governors are close or fell far further from a lower-ranked office.

Certainly not the biggest fall when you account for various leaders in other nations...who ate a bullet or were strung up hours removed from being in "Supreme Power".

And Nixon did not go into oblivion. Besides his advice being eagerly sought, he wrote 6 huge bestsellers on statescraft and politics. And out of "the arena", Nixon finally devoted time to addressing the flaws within him in his twilight years. His neighbors and past acquaintances saw a "new, new, Nixon" - "The Nixon I met several times at his grand daughters school was unlike the Nixon I was taught to hate", one neighbor said in tribute. "This was a better man than I was prepared to admit, initially. I'm happy I told him I was wrong, before he soon passed..."

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | May 4, 2009 6:24 PM | Report abuse

Aaron Burr.

He went from New York state wheeler-dealer who helped found the [Jeffersonian] Republican Party, to prospective Republican candidate for VP, to rival with his running-mate Jefferson for the presidency itself (because of an Electoral College tie) and missed winning the presidency by one EC vote (the single Delaware Federalist congressman who switched sides), to VP, to the guy who killed Hamilton in a duel and had to flee NJ and NY where he was indicted for murder--but never tried. He was still VP, by the way. Then Jefferson dumped him as VP (1804) and Burr got involved in a murky plot with James Wilkinson--the highest-ranking general in the army and governor of Louisiana Territory--possibly to detach Louisiana from the U.S., or maybe it was Texas, or maybe Wilkinson made it all up before he ratted on Burr and had him arrested.

Burr was put on trial before Chief Justice Marshall (in his capacity as a federal circuit-court judge, not the Supreme Court) but was aquitted of the treason charges, in large part because Marshall hated Jefferson (his cousin, "the Great Lama of the Mountain") and saw the prosecution as one more dastardly plot by Jefferson to frame his political enemies. (There were some questions about the constitutional definition of treason, too, which Marshall framed as narrowly as possible.)

Burr went to Europe for a while but finally turned up back in the U.S. (in New York, no less; I guess they forgot about his indictment for killing Hamilton, or was there a statute of limitations for political duels?), practiced law, made a ton of money, and was divorced when his wife charged him with adultery. He was then well past 80. (And along the way he had probably been having an incestuous affair with his daughter.)

A couple of rises and falls there. Proves that you can get away with damned near anything if your luck holds and you play your cards right.

Burr was the all-time champ. They don't build 'em like that anymore.

Posted by: jm917 | May 4, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

It's very difficult to be certain about anything concerning politics and politicians. But, I can unequvocably say that of all the scumbags in politics, now or EVER, John Edwards is number one. I felt this way before the affair was known. Despicable does not begin to characterize John Edwards.

Posted by: david-mckenzie | May 4, 2009 6:15 PM | Report abuse

"I wouldn't have a problem with the sex lives of politicians if it weren't for the fact that they try to portray themselves as saints."

They have to. We the Public demand it.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 4, 2009 6:14 PM | Report abuse

"The admission of an investigation is a new low for Edwards[.]" Excuse me? An investigation is neither a charge nor a conviction. And though Edwards' stepping out on his wife was obviously wrong, it doesn't mean that he paid hush money or, even if he did, that he used campaign funds. Would it help Elizabeth or hurt her more to see John convicted for misuse of campaign funds in this regard? It'd be a shame for her were he wrongly convicted by a rush to judgment.

Posted by: owloewy | May 4, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

I will be interested to see which funding sources these payments came from. In a related matter, I remember reading that JE was very secretive in using a variety of PAC and quasi-PAC funding mechanisms during the 2005-2007 period before he was running for President again. He had to figure out how to fund his activities and staff without violating campaign finance laws. As I recall, he refused to disclose donors and details because the funding mechanisms he used did not require disclosure.

Posted by: mcarroll2 | May 4, 2009 6:08 PM | Report abuse

"yeah, i guess you could say Nixon takes the cake.
i mean, holy mackerel, he was the President.
Posted by: TheBabeNemo"

Unlike true "Icarus" candidates, Richard Nixon was a Phoenix.

He was burned down by his flaws several times, then emerged from the ashes on his brilliant mind, his sense of duty to nation, and his incredible driven nature. Even in "official disgrace" after Watergate, NIxon was advisor to all subsequent Presidents except Carter, numerous key political leaders, international leaders, academics. Media commentors sought his opinion out, his wisdom on matters. Until he died in 1994.

Pity he still wasn't around for Bush II.

*********************
My nomination for "Icarous Award" would be an person each year, who the public sees not only smashing down to earth on melted wings, but one the public is certain will never fly again.

Last year was BOTH Edwardses.

This year, I'd say Bernie Madoff is in the definite lead.

Posted by: ChrisFord1 | May 4, 2009 6:03 PM | Report abuse

In terms of pure humiliation, Larry Craig.

Public restrooms have never been the same...

Posted by: WestCoastDCExpat | May 4, 2009 6:02 PM | Report abuse

HA! I never liked him. He always came across to me as too slick and polished-- in other words, a big phony.

I wouldn't have a problem with the sex lives of politicians if it weren't for the fact that they try to portray themselves as saints.

Corruption, on the other hand... wait, isn't that how things get done?

Posted by: alarico | May 4, 2009 5:59 PM | Report abuse

Can you imagine the prison fights over the rights to the Breck Boy's behind?

Posted by: ImpeachObama | May 4, 2009 5:50 PM | Report abuse

drslate:

Did you (or anyone else) see the History Channel show on the plot to steal Abe Lincoln's corpse?!

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 5:48 PM | Report abuse

Seriously, does anyone care about John Edwards?

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | May 4, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

Warren G. Harding--Elected President 1920--dead in 1923--you cannot get any lower than that.

Posted by: drslate | May 4, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

Janet Cooke, Roger Clemens -- don't stop with politicians.

Posted by: MarkJohnson | May 4, 2009 5:45 PM | Report abuse

unojklhh1:

I've heard that Elizabeth Edwards is not such a "loving wife" (now, Mrs. Kucinich, OTOH ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 5:42 PM | Report abuse

For speed I guess Blagojevich comes close, but again he was governor long enough to get re-elected before being impeached, and isn't in jail yet.

Posted by: IndianaSam | May 4, 2009 5:39 PM | Report abuse

Edwards' political success was also due almost entirely to his personal fortune. He was a Ken doll. He didn't have the brains, the heart, the guts, or the charisma to back it up.

The person who had the most and lost it most stupidly was Eliot Spitzer. Now that guy had (and still has) brains. If only he could have figured out how to be politically astute and how to satisfy himself with his wife.

Posted by: unojklhh1 | May 4, 2009 5:38 PM | Report abuse

You say Edwards was "as close to a natural as had been seen in the Democratic Party since the man from Hope." I call bull-crock. It was clear Edwards was a shallow poseur, all fluff and little substance. He could talk about poverty, but what else? His knowledge of foreign affairs was thinner than a wedding veil and he clearly had zero interest in it, which is only one reason why his presidential candidacy was a complete joke.

The fact that he was a lying adulterer to a loving and terminally ill wife was just the tragic icing on a very sad, hollow cupcake.

Posted by: unojklhh1 | May 4, 2009 5:33 PM | Report abuse

And Gingrich seems to be enjoying a career resurgence of sorts, albeit among the base.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 4, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

These things are hard to predict long term. Bill Clinton was impeached and came out stronger than ever. Hard to do worse than what Ted Kennedy did, but only conservative pundits seem to care these days. Both of them ended up doing well. To a lesser extent, Marion Barry seems to win every election he enters.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 4, 2009 5:21 PM | Report abuse

It is ironic that Sarah Palin has been the "butt" of all sorts of off-color jokes, but not so much as a peep about THE RISE AND FALL of John Edwards ...

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 4:57 PM | Report abuse

yeah, i guess you could say Nixon takes the cake.

i mean, holy mackerel, he was the President.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 4, 2009 4:52 PM | Report abuse

All of these "falls" that are cited here trace their lineage to one thing: sex. Maybe this country can become a little bit more sophisticated and reserve the political blackballing for higher crimes and misdemeanors of a genuine nature.

The commenter who nominated Fredo has it the closest...

Posted by: EntertainmentBookGoneSouth | May 4, 2009 4:51 PM | Report abuse

MadasHelinVA:

You mean Gary CONDIT (sp?) He was "saved" by 9/11.

dee5:

Chris is taking nominations for someone who rose faster and fell harder in modern-day political history. I mean, we could go back to Julius Caesar or Alexander Hamilton otherwise.

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 4:47 PM | Report abuse

What about Gary Hart? Unfortunately for him, because of an affair with Levy, he was immediately suspected of her murder and focused on to the point that he lost all his credibility and lost his seat in congress as a result.

Posted by: MadasHelinVA | May 4, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

Nope, the biggest fall in political history was surely Richard Nixon's descent into oblivion from the presidency. John Edwards' (and Bill Clinton's)personal faults were penny ante compared to the systematic undermining of the U.S. Constitution engineered by Nixon.

And certainly George W. Bush comes in a close second to Nixon in the all-time scoundrel category. Misleading the nation into an illegal and unwarrented war and authorizing the use of torture as a matter of public policy is the most significant fall from grace of any political figure in U.S. history.

Posted by: dee5 | May 4, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

C'mon now--how high did John Edwards really ever get? He was a one-term senator who probably would have lost a re-election fight in 2004.

His first run for the White House was impressive but only compared to a very weak field of Democrats, each with serious flaws. Despite Edwards' obvious skills, he was an oddly ineffective vice presidential candidate on a ticket that should have run much stronger against a president who had already screwed up Iraq.

The second Edwards campaign for president barely got off the ground and came back down quickly.

Yeah, Edwards turned out to be a real dope. But he'll be lucky to be a trivia question 20 years from now, just like a lot of other failed vice presidential candidates.

Hardly a fall from Mount Olympus. Unless he goes to prison.

Posted by: UrbanShocker | May 4, 2009 4:38 PM | Report abuse

C'mon now--how high did John Edwards really ever get? He was a one-term senator who probably would have lost a re-election fight in 2004.

His first run for the White House was impressive but only compared to a very weak field of Democrats, each with serious flaws. Despite Edwards' obvious skills, he was an oddly ineffective vice presidential candidate on a ticket that should have run much stronger against a president who had already screwed up Iraq.

The second Edwards campaign for president barely got off the ground and came back down quickly.

Yeah, Edwards turned out to be a real dope. But he'll be lucky to be a trivia question 20 years from now, just like a lot of other failed vice presidential candidates.

Hardly a fall from Mount Olympus.

Posted by: UrbanShocker | May 4, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

Bill Clinton? What about the Holier than Thou Speaker of the House and House to be: Gingrich and Livingston? They actually lost office.

Posted by: woops | May 4, 2009 4:36 PM | Report abuse

By the way, I highly recommend Chris' #1 Fix pick of the day.

Posted by: DDAWD | May 4, 2009 4:31 PM | Report abuse

On August 12, 2008, a friend of Rielle Hunter's, Pigeon O'Brien, told CBS News that Edwards had lied about the time line of the affair. She claimed that the affair began in February 2006, six months before Edwards hired Hunter, and said that the affair was not a brief liaison, but a "mutual, committed relationship based on love", or so Edwards led Hunter to believe. On August 13, 2008, Hunter's sister, Roxanne Druck Marshall, personally apologized to John Edwards's wife for her sister's behavior. She also claimed that Edwards had lied in his confession because the affair was STILL ongoing, and she stated that Edwards had even provided Hunter and her baby with a new and secret home, to prevent reporters from finding them.

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 4:27 PM | Report abuse

psychodrew:

How, exactly, does Johnny REID Edwards's baby get born on February 27, 2008 if the affair ended in 2006?

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 4:25 PM | Report abuse


yeppers......
the Eagles, Jimmy Buffet
J.D. Souther
Linda Ronstadt

all partied with Hart


hey..what about the HUD guy who had the affair or money problems???????

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 4, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

If we are going for the HIGHEST fall, I would nominate Bill Clinton.

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Oh, come on. Alberto Gonzales has to win this, hands down. He went from state Supreme Court justice to U.S. Attorney-General to complete embarassment.

Not only was he involved in various scandals like the torture memos, he's now considered a laughing stock. He can't get a job as a lawyer, not because of any taint of scandal but because he's widely viewed as being totally incompetent. He can't even get speaking jobs. Maybe everyone's afraid he'll forget what he was going to say.

Posted by: anon99 | May 4, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

"Monkey Business" belonged to Don Henley, as I remember, one of Hart's big contributors.

Posted by: mark_in_austin | May 4, 2009 4:15 PM | Report abuse

tally:
YES...
the Monkey Business
Donna Rice

Gary Hart
OMG - i lived in denver at the time.
actually worked on his campaign before it all hit.

good one

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 4, 2009 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Gary Hart? I was still a kid at the time, so I don't really remember the details, but the image of him sitting on a dock with some bimbo in his lap while he was running? talking about running? for President is hard to forget.

Posted by: talleyl | May 4, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

John Edwards' affair ended in 2006, a year BEFORE his wife's cancer returned. His behavior was still disgraceful, but it's not correct to say that he was cheating on her while she was battling cancer.

Posted by: psychodrew | May 4, 2009 4:07 PM | Report abuse

((hearty laughs))
John "I did not have sexual relations with that woman" Edward.
Mark "i troll the legislative dormitory for the under-age liaisons" Foley
Elliott "call girls are for calling" Spitzer

Larry "I have a wide stance" Craig
Rod "i may be a crook, but my hair is not" Blagoevich
(my state) Fife "the fraud was done in the corporate world, not the governor's office" Symington
(my state again) Evan "I have no idea what a racist is" Mecham
Tom "who's money was that" Delay
Bill "i thought it was my family's money" Frist
and who was the guy with $90,000 in the freezer.
hmmmm...
hecky, even Arhnold (the Octopuss) had a scandal before taking office.

Posted by: TheBabeNemo | May 4, 2009 4:05 PM | Report abuse

Jack Ryan (he deserves it simply for divorcing Seven of Nine ; )

Posted by: JakeD | May 4, 2009 3:55 PM | Report abuse

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