The justice system is apparently through with John Edwards. But according to the former Senator and presidential candidate, God isn’t. If the Almighty needs a helping hand, Edwards — the legal albatross removed from his neck — is ready to help. He began rehabilitating his image the minute his trial concluded, vowing his devotion to selfless charity on behalf of the children. And then there’s the one about Little Red Riding Hood.

I’m not saying Edwards is beyond redemption. Numerous people with checkered histories have undergone radical transformations. Norma McCorvey comes to mind, as does Shelley Lubben. Neither woman may come up for sainthood. However, their behavioral change is exemplified in their actions. John Edwards is just shoveling the same manure that liberals shovel each time they need a public relations boost: God, children, and poverty. In the aftermath of his acquittal, Edwards seems determined to confirm everyone’s worst suspicions about him.

Frankly, trying John Edwards for corruption was a redundancy. No sworn witness or jury conviction was necessary to understand this man. We needed no testimony from the equally corrupt Andrew Young. John Edwards’ entire political career confirms his turpitude.

Edwards entered the political scene with a “Gee, Your Hair Smells Terrific” coiffure and a smile worthy of the seediest used-car salesman. He built his platform on a “Two Americas” class envy theme so seasoned with nanny state hogwash that it would’ve made Lyndon Johnson barf. Edwards presented himself as a “stand by your woman” man. Yet he used his wife and her illness to gain public sympathy, and its related contributions, for his presidential bid. Behind the scenes he was committing the “Big A” with campaign staffer Rielle Hunter. He then blamed Rielle’s pregnancy on an associate whose moral compass was no more dependable than his own. Oh, and he conned a naive old hag into paying his hush money.

Edwards is corrupt whether he broke the law or not. Anyone who failed to recognize his lack of character must’ve spent the last decade with their eyes closed. Edwards is a world class narcissist and first rate con artist. But alas, so are many politicians. Retrying him would prove as wasteful of time and resources as it is uninteresting.

However, it will be interesting to see how far “progressive” media hacks will go to aid Edward’s rehabilitation. You have to know they’ll feign and fawn over this swine at the first opportunity. Let Edwards hand a lollipop to one poor child while blaming Republicans for defunding the federal free lollipop program and we’ll be inundated with stories about how this charlatan has reformed his image. In typical liberal fashion, Edwards will seek redemption in phony charitableness while contributing nothing of his own.

God might indeed mend John Edwards. They say He moves in mysterious ways. But politicians move in predictable ways. I’ll wager that John Edwards remains more concerned with cultivating a persona that plays well in the media than stabilizing his personal integrity. Place your bets.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    You know what I thought of while reading AWH’s article? The scene from Dumb & Dumber where Lauren Holly tells Jim Carey he’s got no chance at winning her heart.

    Lloyd: What do you think the chances are of a guy like me and a girl like you… ending up together?
    Mary: Well, Lloyd, that’s difficult to say. I mean, we don’t really…
    Lloyd: Hit me with it! Just give it to me straight! I came a long way just to see you, Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?
    Mary: Not good.
    Lloyd: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?
    Mary: I’d say more like one out of a million.
    [pause]
    Lloyd: So you’re telling me there’s a chance… *YEAH!*

    Yeah, that’s John Edwards all right.

    On a side note: Anyone who uses turpitude in its correct grammatical context needs a shout-out. Well done!

    • http://www.therightslant.com/ Anthony Hager

      Okay Red_State, I have a confession. I looked up turpitude just to be sure. Thanks for the shout, though. It’s appreciated.

      • Anonymous

        The correct usage of “turpitude”.   Boy, that brings back memories.

        Some 16 or so years ago, I had some rogue parents in my (then) school’s Band Booster organization.  Long story…bad people, control freaks, blahblahblah…

        As part of their effort to exclude a particular parent whom they felt was unworthy of being in their presence (a la “Harper Valley PTA”), they included the phrase:  “a member must be of strong moral turpitude”. 

        No such thing.  I still laugh about it every time I see the word “turpitude”.
        Hager, I echo RSE’s “well done”.

  • Anonymous

    You know what I thought of while reading AWH’s article? The scene from Dumb & Dumber where Lauren Holly tells Jim Carey he’s got no chance at winning her heart.

    Lloyd: What do you think the chances are of a guy like me and a girl like you… ending up together?
    Mary: Well, Lloyd, that’s difficult to say. I mean, we don’t really…
    Lloyd: Hit me with it! Just give it to me straight! I came a long way just to see you, Mary. The least you can do is level with me. What are my chances?
    Mary: Not good.
    Lloyd: You mean, not good like one out of a hundred?
    Mary: I’d say more like one out of a million.
    [pause]
    Lloyd: So you’re telling me there’s a chance… *YEAH!*

    Yeah, that’s John Edwards all right.

    On a side note: Anyone who uses turpitude in its correct grammatical context needs a shout-out. Well done!

    • http://www.therightslant.com/ Anthony Hager

      Okay Red_State, I have a confession. I looked up turpitude just to be sure. Thanks for the shout, though. It’s appreciated.

      • Anonymous

        The correct usage of “turpitude”.   Boy, that brings back memories.

        Some 16 or so years ago, I had some rogue parents in my (then) school’s Band Booster organization.  Long story…bad people, control freaks, blahblahblah…

        As part of their effort to exclude a particular parent whom they felt was unworthy of being in their presence (a la “Harper Valley PTA”), they included the phrase:  “a member must be of strong moral turpitude”. 

        No such thing.  I still laugh about it every time I see the word “turpitude”.
        Hager, I echo RSE’s “well done”.

  • Whodat

    Edwards might avoid jail, which is sad.  But, he will be a laughing stock for his life.
    He will be scorned by those from whom he seeks acceptance the most.  He will not
    have anything near the life he might have had (aside from POTUS which was never
    going to be his in any case) and he will die an angry and frustrated man.  I like the
    scenario. 

  • Whodat

    Edwards might avoid jail, which is sad.  But, he will be a laughing stock for his life.
    He will be scorned by those from whom he seeks acceptance the most.  He will not
    have anything near the life he might have had (aside from POTUS which was never
    going to be his in any case) and he will die an angry and frustrated man.  I like the
    scenario. 

  • Anonymous

    Another grand slam by Hagar! 

    Edwards has always been a con and everyone in his inner circle were completely complicit in his con. They knew of the affair, they knew of the lying, they knew of the hush money, yet, they ALL went out and continued to solicit money from the very people he claimed he was “fighting” to protect. How anyone, and I personally know some, fell for this man’s snake oil is beyond me and beneath them.

    Often times it is the little event that shines a light on a person’s true character. Remember when Johnny railed against Walmart yet attempted to use his wealth and influence to get a Playstation 3 from Walmart prior to its release?

    • Anonymous

      In the 2008 democrat primaries, Edwards was the evil of three lessers.

      • Anonymous

        I like that. Good one.

  • Anonymous

    Another grand slam by Hagar! 

    Edwards has always been a con and everyone in his inner circle were completely complicit in his con. They knew of the affair, they knew of the lying, they knew of the hush money, yet, they ALL went out and continued to solicit money from the very people he claimed he was “fighting” to protect. How anyone, and I personally know some, fell for this man’s snake oil is beyond me and beneath them.

    Often times it is the little event that shines a light on a person’s true character. Remember when Johnny railed against Walmart yet attempted to use his wealth and influence to get a Playstation 3 from Walmart prior to its release?

    • Anonymous

      In the 2008 democrat primaries, Edwards was the evil of three lessers.

      • Anonymous

        I like that. Good one.