Sunday, August 10, 2008

John Edwards

As many of you know I am a John Edwards supporter and voted for him in the primary even though he had already removed himself from the race. I wish they could have kept it as a family matter as they preferred to to. Unfortunately it makes for titillating TV and is guaranteed to get non stop coverage. Ask Mark Foley or Larry Craig(who is still in congress by the way) or David “diapers” Vitter. There's countless others that may have not gotten as much coverage.
He had an affair and lied to the public about it. He didn't want to go through it in public and neither did his wife. Unfortunately if one starts lying it eventually becomes hard to tell when one is getting the truth. I'm not denying he made a serious mistake, or three.
If his lying and mistake or three deserves wall to wall coverage then where is the coverage of much more serious mistakes and lies? I don't want to be a whiner but after a while you start to wonder. It doesn't dismiss Edwards or what he did. It's a question I asked before long before the Edwards stuff came out and it would be a perfect time to revisit it again. When do we get to the stuff that is important for the functioning of the nation and the world? I think it is a reasonable question.
I'm going to blatantly cut and paste from another web site because they said exactly what I would like to say.

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.
The US dollar is in the tank.
The housing/mortgage crisis has almost caused a depression.
How about the trampling of our Constitution with warrantless wiretapping?
Laptops are being confiscated at airports and the border.
Under Bush, oil companies are raking in record profits while Americans suffer.
The US attorney scandal.
A health care epidemic.
Monica Goodling
A standing ovation in Congress for David Vitter’s return.
Military TV Analysts/Generals scandal.
Larry Craig’s bathroom adventure.
And many, many more.
Would any of this have “broader implications” to the Republican party during the election if the media did its job?
Newt Gingrich STILL gets on TV every other day and everyone KNOWS he had affairs, even dumping his wife right after cancer surgery. And yet all these MSM types are wringing their hands about what this means to the Democratic Party. Ridiculous. Throw a stone in DC and try not to hit some one with a little something on the side, and that includes those in the press corps.
And they have the nerve to talk about betrayal of Edwards to the media and his wife — in that order. Why aren’t they more outraged about the betrayal of the White House to get us into a war?
What screwed up priorities.

There are reams of books and testimony from inside and outside the administration that references all of this. Yet little talk. Instead anyone who speaks up is villianized. People laugh and fluff it off when some talk of impeachment. I find it no laughing matter. The above is why you get the belly laugh when you talk of the liberal media. Huge joke. They aren't covering this stuff and it is literally more important for the US than anything else in the world. If you want to talk about the horror of lies fine but let's have a real discussion and not a bunch of flim flam, celebrity, brain dead talk. Let's get serious about lies. Let's have hearings that get 24/7 coverage by the media, that is discussed on all the talk shows 24 /7. Let's decide if the law was broken or not by methods that are legally binding instead of leaving the decision to Rush or John Boehners gum flappings. I'm happy to talk lies if that is what you want to talk about. John was wrong. Now let's get to the Administration. If you'll admit they were wrong they are the worse of senses. If messing around on you wife makes you ineligible for something you might want to look up John McCain and his first wife and the move to his fashion model, heiress wife and how that came about. Yes, Edwards fooled around and lied about it. It was wrong. He may not be the leader I had hoped for. I still support heartily the cause and purpose of his movement. To stand up for the little guy, people without a voice, and knock the big guys down a few notches. The movement continues.