Re Senator Edwards statement
While some people find simple human frailty incomprehensible, or worse an unforgivable theological lapse, I am inclined to be more generous.
Senator Edwards', lapse of professional decorum, seems to me completely unrelated to his concerns about the economic imbalances and disadvantages suffered by the working class.
His failure to maintain the integrity of his vow of monogamy seems to me more important to his wife and family than a matter to be resolved by the electorate or the chattering class.
Hyperventilating about morality seems out of place except in republican political discourse. Whose high moral standards are represented by republican leaders like Newt Gingrich (multiple divorces & infidelities) , John McCain (infidelities & divorce), Henry Hyde (infidelities & divorce) and let's not forget some of the specialists like Congressman Foley, Senator "WIDELY MIS-UnderSTOOD" Larry Craig, and Congressman "diaper king" Vitter.
Do I think infidelity is a bar to good leadership? No, I don't think it is. What concerns me even more is this dilemma. I have seen republicans go to great lengths to discredit democratic contenders. I am more than a little concerned that republicans have an agenda to discredit all serious democratic candidates just before the election. (Maybe using simple human weaknesses) Since they have no actual case for an honest campaign.
I hope I am overly concerned.
But plans to discredit dems have been in-play since Nixon, and Attwater and Rove use the same crooked playbook.
I don't want to wake up the week before the election, to find that there are "I.E.D.s" planted in every democrat's path. If we see this take place, there can be no doubt we will again be facing another republican coup 'd e'tat.
That troubles me far more than the lapses admitted by Senator Edwards. Personally not only do I believe that many marriages are rescued by honest admissions like the one by Senator Edwards, but I find his morality even yet, far superior to the moral flyweight, currently occupying the "torture stained" offices at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, by the gift of a partisan Supreme Court and his brother's Secretary of State.
solidarity & peace