Saturday, August 09, 2008

The Edwards Fiasco

As someone who supported Edwards in the early stages of this presidential election cycle, I am very disappointed by the news of his affair. I keep coming up with one word to describe him - despicable. To do that to his wife is just awful. I did not think it was possible but I like Elizabeth Edwards even more now. At the end of the day, I really do not care about the sex lives of consenting adults. Marriage (to my unmarried understanding) is very complicated and personal. But that doesn't mean I can not find it despicable to cheat on your wife when she has cancer.

The other thing that angers me is the ego and selfishness he showed by running for president. Did he really think this would never come up? What a gift it would have been for the Republicans if he had received the nomination. I appreciate how complicated life can be. But if you are Edwards and you cheated on your wife, you owe it to your party to accept your inability to receive the nomination. It might be unfair but it's the world we live in.

All that being said, this story does not deserve that much coverage. He is not the Democratic nominee. He does not work for the Obama campaign. He is not even currently an elected official. But our media will probably focus heavily on this story, which they always do when it's a Democrat. There has been no comparable coverage surrounding any of the Republican administration's lies. Just as there has been little coverage surrounding McCain or Giuliani or any of the Republican candidate's infidelities. There is just a separate set of rules for Republicans. Until we can change the media, we will struggle to move forward as a country.


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