Like most people, John Edwards's affair doesn't thrill me. It's not the decision I would have personally had him make. That being said, I fail to see what this has to do with politics, except as a supposed misstep in political strategy, which is all the media seems to care about these days. Not important issues such as Iraq/Afghanistan and the economy. Not direct political wrong-doings
of BushCo. No. Day after day we're subjected to fluff pieces, who 'looks' more Presidential (sorry, Hilary, you never had a chance there), and media generated
political implications of peoples' person problems, like having affairs...something many Americans do themselves but like to act appalled when a public figure does it.
Crooks and Liars points out that before the media threw every other piece of news out the window for the Edwards 'story' (I was shocked last evening to understand that Russia invaded Georgia and I could find nothing on the 24 news channels about it...maybe 10 seconds amidst hour of important Edwards Affair-Gate coverage), we were loosely following an incredibly important story about forged White House documents building a case for the war in Iraq. Hmm. Somehow the media thinks where Edwards puts it is more vital to us.
Yes, John Edwards had an affair that was handled privately and the Edwards story is big news. It will get the Anna Nicole Smith/Brett Favre treatment for a while now. Elizabeth Edwards responds here.
From the email inbox:
David Gregory just said young people were inspired by him and are let down…and questioned whether it will have “broader implications for the party.” during the election. This week, Ron Suskind’s book revealed the Bush team knew Iraq didn’t have WMD, forged letters, paid hush money, and lied us into war. (Chirp, chirp…) Any broader implications for the Republican party there? How about instead of us buying into all the clamoring to analyze Edwards betrayal (wait, no, BETRAYAL!) we analyze the absurdity of a media culture where THIS is what passes for holding politicians accountable.
Broader implication for the party. OK, let’s talk party.
McClellan said that FOX News got talking points from the White House
Bush authorized rendition.
Bush authorized torture. Yes, that means waterboarding.
Bush authorized a war based on lies resulting in millions of innocent Iraqi and Afghani civilian deaths as well as an ethnic cleansing.
Thousands of our troops have been killed or seriously injured.
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