“How miserable is it to be John Edwards right now?” asked Jason Zengerle in The New Republic. A book by his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth Edwards, is about to come out—revealing, among other things, that the she threw up when she learned about his affair with his campaign videographer, Rielle Hunter. And now federal investigators are looking into whether the former Democratic presidential hopeful used campaign funds to pay his mistress to keep quiet.
The mainstream media “is sick,” said Mickey Kaus in Slate. "John Edwards runs an entire presidential campaign based in large part on his character"—while cheating on his wife—"and the press doesn't care." And now that he no longer matters it's suddenly a big deal that "some prosecutor comes up with a tedious, hard-to-define potential campaign violation." Pathetic.
It's past time we all stopped talking about John Edwards, said Bonnie Erbe in CBS News. "He was a terrible vice presidential candidate, and got much more than his 15 minutes of fame, for what reason I'm still not sure. Any former litigator who couldn't beat Dick Cheney in a vice presidential debate doesn't deserve media attention."
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