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Jewish World Review May 14, 2009 / 20 Iyar 5769

The John and his enablers

By Jack Kelly

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http://www.JewishWorldReview.com | Is it possible to be a bigger jerk than John Edwards? Probably not. But his wife and some former campaign aides are giving it a shot.


You remember John Edwards. He ran for president in the Democratic primaries in 2004 and 2008, and was John Kerry's running mate in 2004. After running a poor third in the early primaries, Mr. Edwards dropped out of the race.


In July, the tabloid National Enquirer revealed he'd had an affair — and likely a child — with a ditzy campaign aide while his wife, Elizabeth, suffered from incurable cancer. That put an end to Mr. Edwards' hopes of becoming Barack Obama's running mate.


Mr. Edwards popped back into the news when it was revealed the FBI is investigating whether the payment of more than $100,000 to his mistress, Rielle Hunter, violated federal campaign laws, and wife Elizabeth went onto Oprah to tout her new book.


There was little likelihood Mr. Edwards could have beaten Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton last year, but campaign aides had a "doomsday" plan to make sure it wouldn't happen, ABC's George Stephanopoulos said Sunday.


"Basically, if it looked like Edwards was going to win the Democratic nomination, they were going to sabotage his campaign, several former Edwards' staffers have told me," Mr. Stephanopoulos wrote on his blog.


The aides were upset because Mr. Edwards had lied to them about the affair, Mr. Stephanopoulos said.


I don't believe the story. It sounds to me as if the unnamed aides were making an after the fact excuse for why they were working for such a rotten human being. But if the story is true, the aides paint an unflattering portrait of themselves. If they had come to the conclusion Mr. Edwards was unfit for the presidency, the honorable thing to do was to resign, and to tell the news media why. It was dishonorable to continue to cash their paychecks while plotting against him.


Much of Mr. Edwards' appeal was sympathy for Elizabeth's losing battle with breast cancer. Her love for her husband was so great, and her faith in him so strong that she wanted him to run for president despite her ailment. Or so the story went.


But Elizabeth's halo got tarnished when it was revealed she knew about John's adultery before his second run for president, and supported him anyway.


"So while Elizabeth Edwards was certainly victimized by John, she also became not just his co-conspirator but also his attack dog," wrote Roger Simon of the webzine Politico. "Was she being used by him? Or did she want to get to the White House as badly as he did?"


Rehashing the affair in her book can only cause the Edwards' children embarrassment, wrote New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd.


"John and Elizabeth Edwards have proven themselves the perfect match," wrote Kyle Smith of the New York Post. "On the one hand, you've got a lying, hypocritical, power-hungry narcissist. And then there's her husband."


I don't think much of either John or Elizabeth. But most of my contempt is reserved for my fellow journalists. John's affair was no secret to many covering his campaign, but it wasn't reported on until after his campaign had imploded, and the National Enquirer had provided photographic evidence.


John was always a phony, crusading against poverty while getting $400 haircuts and living in a 28,000 square foot mansion. His single term in the Senate was devoid of accomplishment. But he was handsome and spoke well, so journalists treated him as if he were a serious person. "All campaigns are about imagery and manipulation. But stripping away this gloss is supposed to be one of the media's jobs," wrote Washington Post columnist Marie Cocco. "That we helped create Edwards as a national figure and now cover his wife's book promotion as a worthy story is a measure of not just what's gone wrong for them, but what's wrong with us."


Can you think of another handsome, articulate Democrat of no discernible accomplishment into whose past the reporters covering him are unwilling to delve?

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JWR contributor Jack Kelly, a former Marine and Green Beret, was a deputy assistant secretary of the Air Force in the Reagan administration.

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