Every time Sarah Palin opens her mouth, the intelligentsia of this country tell us how lucky we were that she did not become Vice President. I’ve said enough about Palin herself. I’m a little dubious that the Vice Presidency is that critical a role — I mean we’ve survived three years with the Joe Biden Vice Presidential Comedy Hour. We survived four years with Walter Mondale. It’s not like there’s a long tradition of brilliant vice presidents.
But it seems to me that if you’re going to claim we dodged a bullet with Sarah Palin, you’re going to have to admit we dodged a bazooka shell with John Edwards:
A delusional, two-timing Sen. John Edwards dreamed of a Supreme Court appointment, even as his political career crumbled under the weight of a seedy sex scandal, according to testimony today.
Leo Hindery — Edwards’ economic policy adviser in his failed 2008 White House bid — was one of the government’s final witnesses before prosecutors rested, capping a sensational 14-day narrative of sex, money and deception.
Edwards had been Sen. John Kerry’s running mate in 2004. If not the White House, Edwards’ ultimate goal was to someday reach America’s highest court, according to Hindery.
If I’m reading this right, he was hoping that throwing his support behind Obama would get him a SCOTUS seat. It’s unclear whether he conveyed this information to the Obama campaign.
I’m with Gene Healey on the Edwards trial itself. I do think it is prosecutorial overreach, trying to use campaign finance laws to punish sleazy behavior.
However, the trial sure is a lot of fun in an appalling car wreck way. The John Edwards who is emerging from this is a sleazy, boorish, delusional scumbag. Rachel Mellon donated $6 million to his campaign, including the $900,000 thrown at his pregnant mistress. Her only request was that he attend her daughter’s funeral. Edwards couldn’t make it. Must have been out humiliating his wife or something.
Say what you want about Mitt Romney, but if some 100-year-old lady gave him $6 million to be at a funeral, you can bet that Mitt would fucking be there.
This jackass came within 35 electoral votes and 3 million popular votes of being Vice President. Had he done so, he would have, at best, exploded the Kerry Administration in a scandal that would make the Monica Lewinsky business look like a picnic of puritans. At worst, he might have become President and done God knows what damage to the nation.
And it was obvious at the time. Edwards’ career as a litigator was based at least partially on bogus science claiming caesareans could prevent cerebral palsy — the impact of which is still visible in the high number of Caesareans performed in this country. He ran vacuous campaigns based almost entirely on his looks and class warfare. He was a first class hypocrite on issues of wealth and climate. In Bob Shrum’s book, he noted that Kerry knew Edwards was a sleaze and was appalled when Edwards told him a story he’d “told very few people” about how, after his son died, he climbed onto the slab and hugged his body — a story he’d previously told Kerry with the same “told very few people” caveat.
So where are the, “Whew, did we dodge a bullet!” stories that circulate every time Sarah Palin says something stupid? I don’t want Palin anywhere near public office. But if it ever came down to her and John Edwards … well, I’d probably move to Australia to be honest. But at least she’s no John Edwards.