The web is buzzing tonight about John Edwards “joke” about beating his wife. The general consensus seems to be that a man in his position dealing with such a tragedy deserves a break for saying something downright dumb. Agreed. But still, watch Edwards’ face seconds before he makes the joke. You see him think of it, smile about it, give it voice and add a nice little gesture for dramatic effect.

Joke aside, we wish Edwards wife all the best in her recovery. Her optimism is infectious and she’s to be admired. (Imagine if Hillary could connect the way Mrs. Edwards does. You might be able to print the WH stationary now.)