by Blue Stockings | Sometimes The Huffington Post really gets on my last nerve. I know, I know, THEY TOLD US SO and we told them to shut up till they had proof. Still: it's a tragedy for Dems and they shouldn't be quite so full of piss and judgment. Read the smuggery here (Say It Ain't So, Elizabeth -- You Knew But Supported His Run For President?) and here (What is Wrong With Men?)
The first bothers me more than the second. It's not Elizabeth's fault. And Stranahan is as wrong as he can be when he implies that there would ever be a time when it wouldn't matter to Edwards' presidential bid. His rebuke to Clinton would have come back to haunt him no matter what.
As for what's wrong with men: same old same old. You could say it's a refreshing change from Republican-style sex scandals such as this one (involving a 14 year old girl and a Missouri state rep).
But I am not letting Edwards off the hook. Far from it. From The Raleigh News and Observer:
Here is Edwards on Clinton on Feb. 12, 1999:
I think this President has shown a remarkable disrespect for his office, for the moral dimensions of leadership, for his friends, for his wife, for his precious daughter. It is breathtaking to me the level to which that disrespect has risen.
Later, Edwards debated whether Clinton intended to obstruct justice when he talked with a White House employee:
We have a man who has just been confronted with this problem, who is political by nature. And do we really believe that the first thing he thought about is, "I'm going to go protect myself legally'"? I suspect the first thing he thought about is "I'm going to protect myself politically.'' He was worried about his family finding out. He was worried about the rest of the staff finding out. He was worried about the press finding out.
Damozel has a round-up of commentary on the scandal here. As she says, it's the hypocrisy that gets you down----that and his willingness to take the Democratic nomination knowing this was out there (still not Elizabeth's fault not not not). Read that and Joe Gandelman's comment here, and forget the rest.
If you still need more, Memeorandum's got commentary on Edwards' Clinton comments.