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Old 08-08-2008, 04:05 PM   #81
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OK, then love is. The phrase "love is blind" exists for a reason.
Failed love, maybe. What we allow into our hearts is the problem.
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To be generous about it, yes the severe illness of one spouse (or a child) is often a cause of marital trouble, which can include affairs leading up to the eventual breakup (or not). Romance-novel stereotypes about the tenderness of nursing someone back to health injecting new life into a relationship are wildly unrealistic, and I think most anyone who's been in a longterm relationship need only spend a few seconds imagining themselves in that situation to grasp that in reality they'd just as often feel isolated, needy, resentful, and afraid as they would concerned, guilty, devoted, and supportive. However, there's also something to be said for pointing out the extreme selfishness of even taking a chance on publically humiliating and privately hurting someone whose ability to hold their own is at its lowest ebb.

Like Sean said earlier--I'll bet he's glad he's not running for president right now. Professionally relevant or not, the publicity would have killed his candidacy immediately.
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Yes I'd say extreme selfishness is a fair suggestion. I'm not going to say anything else, because well it's obvious why..given what has already gone on here

And a couple of days ago he was still saying it was tabloid nonsense
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That's another sad thing in all of this — the National Enquirer broke a real news story.
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That's another sad thing in all of this — the National Enquirer broke a real news story.
Well, I kept saying..

At least the Enquirer didn't let any political bias get in the way
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Statement from Edwards

Marc Ambinder (August 08, 2008) - John Edwards's Statement: "I Made A Serious Error In Judgment"
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Old 08-08-2008, 06:55 PM   #87
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That's another sad thing in all of this — the National Enquirer broke a real news story.
I think they broke the Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky story, too.
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That's another sad thing in all of this — the National Enquirer broke a real news story.

the saddest thing

is that so many people consider this a real news story.
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well i guess when you have someone vehemently deny something, and then finally come out and say 'oh actually its the truth' it does actually become news. Do i care that he had an affair? not really it seems to be super common these days but it does annoy me when things are said, and then denied denied denied and THEN said 'ok yes' well, why continue the lie?

Also didn't he say that he had the affair BEFORE his wife had cancer? i think its even worse!
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Isn't that a flattering picture?
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Isn't that a flattering picture?


not really


I'd say he looks better and happier here

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He fucked up his political career real good. Good thing he's a wealthy mofo. His mistress really isn't that ugly though, somebody took a bad picture of her.
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i wouldn't say his political career is fucked up, because think of how many "Scandals" there are in amongst the polititions and congressmen and senators and all of them.
I also don't think his having an affair makes a jot of difference on how he would run the country, or have his career. I think being a realist, and knowing how many people stray, its not a shocking moment. Why do we hold polititions up to such a high moral standard?
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Hey Edwards could make a comeback if decided to in the future, but he's definitely radiocative now. He was whispered as a possible VP candidate for Obama's campaign. Was he a favorite? Probably not, but he totally fucked up his chances with the affair out in the open. It's one thing to be caught like Bill Clinton with Lewinsky during prosperous times and another thing to be caught cheating on a cancer stricken wife. Edwards comes off more douchey as a result, especially since his wife is more sympathetic than Hillary.

People want to believe they can trust their elected officials. It's the voters money and way of life that are involved. Some people want to vote for someone they can believe in and trust. Adultery is a personal matter but you can't help think in the back of your mind that if a leader can that easily lie and cheat on his wife (who happens to be the mother of his children, closest to him in terms of personal relationships, and suffering from cancer) then one could think that a guy like Edwards could easily cheat and lie to his constituency, with little hesitation.

Adulterty amongst the rich and powerful isn't surprising but it is a distasteful character defect to some voters. Cheating on your sick wife and lying about it to the media? Such actions aren't endearing to the voter and make Edwards come off as slime. Who wants to vote for a slimey douche? Not many people, that I know of would. It's bad enough that he's a politician AND trial lawyer. An affair just ups his hate-ability factor.
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I think this is an excellent opportunity for an Obama / Edwards ticket.

"Obama / Edwards 2008: HITTIN THAT SHIT RITE!!!" <--- That's a catchy goddamn slogan. You'd have to be a crazy right wing lunatic to not vote for that. And they can make little .gifs of the US flag waving and then slappin that ass. Sicy / Lila - please make said .gif. THANKS!
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That's another sad thing in all of this — the National Enquirer broke a real news story.
That's what I said.....I knew that the Inquirer wouldn't risk a lawsuit by printing a false story if it could be proven false....which it wasn't.

I feel sorry for Mrs. Edwards.....to deal with a life-threatening illness AND her husband's infidelity.

My hat is off to her......
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That's what I said.....I knew that the Inquirer wouldn't risk a lawsuit by printing a false story if it could be proven false....
Right, luckily for the Enquirer John Edwards isn't one of those big $$ trial lawyers who lives in the largest house in North Carolina because of his success in winning lawsuits against deep-pocketed corporations?
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Right, luckily for the Enquirer John Edwards isn't one of those big $$ trial lawyers who lives in the largest house in North Carolina because of his success in winning lawsuits against deep-pocketed corporations?
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That's what I said.....I knew that the Inquirer wouldn't risk a lawsuit by printing a false story if it could be proven false....which it wasn't.
Then I guess you also believe that Bush has been drinking and Laura is about to leave him?
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The man is human. He had an affair.

What makes me scratch my head and pisses me off is that I believe the child is his and I believe he is lying about it.

1) He visited the woman after telling his wife about the affair at 2:30 AM? What? To meet the baby, not his, but fathered by her new boyfriend? What?

2) I belive he had discussed with her the paternity issue. It seems awful convenient that he offered to take the test, and she 24 hours later comes out and says no....something smells.

3) Finally, I would say that any person that has an affair, and is truly on the road to recovery, does not seek out contact with the other person.

I can deal with the affair. I do not believe his actions after the affair, and waiting until the opening night of the olympics to come clean, are the actions of a man who has regret.
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