The news came out today that John Edwards admitted to having an affair with another woman in 2006. I was disheartened but not because of what he did with someone outside his marriage because that’s not for me to judge. What really bothered me was the idea that you can have this circumstance in your life (an affair) and still seek the highest office in the US in a hotly contested and critical race and somehow NOT think it was going to get out. That’s a mistake of epic proportions, IMO. Even I could have told you that was a BAD IDEA. You know the reptiles in power were salivating over this, despite him no longer being in the race. Yeesh. Either admit it up front and go from there or don’t even get into the race. Now his chances of ANY cabinet position in the Obama administration (if/when that comes to pass, God willing) are gone. Some lessons come really, really hard. (SIGH)
This from a diary over on Kos (which I really only skim anymore because it’s just a mess over there):
Note to all politicians: You are not special. You are seeking a job. We are your employers. You work for us. Never forget it.
And, regrettable as it may be, (what John Edwards does with his penis is none of my business), seekers of power have no privacy. Don’t like that deal? Don’t seek the power. That is the way of the world, and it’s unlikely to change so long as we all collectively insist on not minding our own fucking business.
Celebrities like Brad Pitt have made a devil’s bargain: They’ve chosen to give up their privacy in exchange for money. They don’t get to turn around later and bitch about the deal that they chose to participate in, unless of course they give back the money. The same goes for politicians, except that the coin of the realm is not dollars, it’s control over other people’s lives.
Yep. She said it all. You trade privacy for power. Me? That is so not a bargain I want or will ever, ever make. John Edwards, alas, rolled the dice and lost.