John Edwards Gets Indicted

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Since Anthony Weiner is basically cock-blocking all news that isn't Sarah Palin related, this has sort of escaped everyone's radar. But John Edwards is finally catching the boomerang end of the Karmic loop.

Former senator and 2008 presidential candidate John Edwards has been indicted, CNN has learned.

A grand jury has been investigating the allegation that money given
to support Edwards' mistress, Rielle Hunter, by benefactors of Edwards
should have been considered campaign donations - a contention Edwards'
team has disputed.

Personally, I don't particularly see the need for an investigation OR an indictment. If you were dumb enough to donate to Edwards' "Two Americas" campaign thinking that a man who had never seen the second America was smart enough to run the first one, I kind of think you might just deserve to have him spend your hard earned cash making sex tapes no one ever wants to see. Ever. Now, thankfully federal law doesn't see it my way, and a grand jury of Edwards' peers has seen fit to spend further taxpayer dollars putting him on trial for his alleged campaign finance mismanagement. It's not even a comfort to know that it'll be less of a three-ring circus than the Blagojevich cross-examination.

For his sake, I hope he's hired a good attorney. Prison would be a bitch on that hair.

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  • The only thing I understood about this case is that the National Enquirer had a legally fairly correct story a couple of years ago about how if Elizabeth Edwards divorced him, she could testify against him in such a trial. Of course, now that she is dead, she can't.

    Of course, Googling to get the correct spelling, the National Enquirer now takes credit for the DOJ finishing what the Enquirer started.

    On the merits, if supporters were just paying Hunter off, that would be one thing, but since the whole liaison was because she was working on his campaign, apparently "campaign finance reform" goes that far.

    The Enquirer also points out, and the actual indictment is on line, that Count Six is for making false statements. To date, that's all the feds have convictions against Barry Bonds and Blago, so, in that respect, it doesn't look good for Johnny Reid Edwards.

  • Yeah, they'll get him on Count Six if nothing else. Its basically the bane of political existence since Bill Clinton did not have sex with that woman, Ms. Lewinsky.

    Luckily for Newt Gingrich, this interpretation of CFT seems to have come well after his dalliances. I sort of wonder, though, why Edwards didn't learn anything from the Newt; if you're going to have an affair with a campaign staffer, lose FIRST.

  • In reply to emzanotti:

    Since you bring up John and Newt, I've asked elsewhere, and really didn't get an answer on why the huge number of politicians get caught up in sex scandals. I still think there is some sort of hormonal correlation.

  • In reply to jack:

    All these guys were born in the Spring or Summer:

    Mark Sanford, John Ensign, Larry Craig, David Vitter, John Edwards, Eliot Spitzer, Bill Clinton, Newt Gingrich, Rudy Guiliani, Gary Condit.

    Look to the stars jack.

  • In reply to gwill:

    But you also have to add in Schwartzenegger, Strauss-Kahn, the Egyptian banker that allegedly did the same as SK, and the three alleged New York congressional perverts.

    Your theory seems to hold up for the first two I named, but let us know about the rest.

  • In reply to emzanotti:

    I wish I had a good answer for you. I think it's a combination of power, availability and failure of branding. Plus the 24 nature of the news network and the sales impact of sex scandals. And, I guess, the type of person who dedicates their life to the pursuit of greater and greater power. I'm not really sure, but it seems like a perfect storm.

    I've found that the attitude that gives way to this kind of scandal isn't really limited to candidates or politicians, either. In DC, pretty much everything runs on sex at a certain level, and people feel strangely free to be hedonistic. It's almost like, because people never quite go "offline" at their jobs, their personal lives become heavily entangled in their political ones, so there's no perceived difference between how you operate in your office and how you operate in your bedroom. It's a strange, strange world, DC.

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