What is it about politicians that they just can't resist having affairs? Is it the extra testosterone needed to have the urge for power that also causes these lapses in judgment?
I saw today that after denying it all along, John Edwards has now admitted to having an affair with a woman who was producing videos for his campaign. He says he came clean to his wife and family "long ago," but had continued to publicly deny the accusations that kept coming up in the media.
Now, I was not really an Edwards supporter. There has always been something about him that just didn't appeal to me. But I did really believe he and his wife Elizabeth were the real thing. And maybe they are. It's not the affair that bothers me so much (we can all make mistakes) it's the lying.
This is the same pattern as Bill Clinton. I have no doubt Hillary knew about Monica Lewinsky by the time Bill had to admit it in public. But before he ever admitted it, he shook his finger at the American people and said "I did not have sexual relations with that woman, Miss Lewinsky." That is what irked me about it.
Similarly, John Edwards had said, "The story is false. It's completely untrue, ridiculous," when reporters questioned him about a National Enquirer story in the fall of 2007.
Now he says that because the story contained "many falsities" that he felt he was being "99% honest" in his denial. Uh, no, John. Saying something is "completely untrue" is not being 99% honest if the core issue - having the affair - was true all along.
This goes with the whole "It depends on what the meaning of 'is,' is" mentality of Bill Clinton.
Now mind you, I don't think it's really anybody's business what people do in their private lives and really don't care if Edwards had an affair or not.
But what bugs me about these guys is they always feel they have to lie. Why don't they just say, "This is a private matter between me and my family, and is none of your business," and change the subject? If Clinton had done that he would have never been impeached. After all, he wasn't impeached for his affair with Lewinsky. He was impeached for the lie.
On top of that, the latest analysis of this story on the Huffington Post also indicates he paid $114,000 to this woman for her alleged documentaries when she had never made documentaries before and the videos she took weren't even used for anything. I'm sure those who donated their hard-earned money to Edwards would not be happy to realize some of it went to pay his lover for work that was obviously just an excuse to keep her near him.
So now we have another Democrat looking bad, another Democratic story the hungry MSM will be all over for the next who knows how long, and once again John McCain can continue to make his gaffes and flip flop on his stands on the issues, and no one will pay any attention to him whatsoever. And the less attention they pay to McCain, the better he does in the polls.
Why do I have this sinking feeling that we are all doomed in November?