“No Man’s life liberty or property is safe while the legislature is in session”.

- attributed to NY State Judge Gideon Tucker

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The John Edwards Affair Affair

The past few weeks have seen an explosion of coverage concerning one-time presidential, vice-presidential candidate, and attorney general candidate John Edwards' affair during the last presidential campaign, and subsequent birth of his illegitimate child with Rielle Hunter.

As I'm writing this, I am listening to coverage of former Edwards aide, Andrew Young, on Fox News. The full extent of Edwards' and Young's actions, lies, coverups, etc., is stunning.

As one of the participants in the Fox News discussion just noted, perhaps the worst part of the story is that our nation's liberal-leaning major news media scrupulously ignored the story throughout the campaign. Only the National Enquirer pursued it, as noted in a Wall Street Journal article by the recently-departed managing editor (or publisher- I forget which).

The Enquirer's aim was to clearly depict Edwards' willingness to lie to the media, his wife, and his staff, while also manipulating members of that staff to cover up the truth for him.

The height of this was when Edwards managed to secure Young's consent to falsely claim parentage of Hunter's baby. It's also pretty clear that Edwards funneled campaign money to Hunter, through his now-deceased finance chairman. If this is investigated by the FEC, and Edwards is determined to have falsified records of this expenditure, he could do jail time.

This has gone far, far beyond a trashy tabloid story of sexual misconduct. Edwards had himself seriously considered as the current administration's Attorney General.

The corruption and willingness to turn a blind eye to the misdeeds and lies of liberal Democratic politicians by our nation's mainstream media has become more than an annoyance or embarrassment.

This time, their dereliction almost resulted in a lying scoundrel and potential felon being named as the country's primary law enforcement official.

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