Friday, August 01, 2008

"Say It Ain't So, John"

Lee Stranahan has posted what is currently the most popular story at the HUffington POst questioning why liberals have been avoiding the John Edwards scandal story. Although a liberal himself, Stranahan has gone off the leftwing reservation to post this THREAD titled, "Say It Ain't So, John -- Why Progressives Need To Get Out In Front Of The John Edwards Affair Rumors." Stranahan has made a long but very fascinating post on this topic. I'll post only an excerpt of it but I recommend that everybody read the entire post. What is interesting is the HUffie reaction to Stranahan's apt observations. So let us now watch the HUffies confront the John Edwards scandal in Bolshevik Red while the commentary of your humble correspondent, still hearing Benny Hill Yakety Sax music in his head, is in the [brackets]:

Say It Ain't So, John -- Why Progressives Need To Get Out In Front Of The John Edwards Affair Rumors

[They haven't gotten out in front of this scandal. Mostly they, like their MSM allies, continue to bury their heads in the sand.]

The truth is that I believe anyone who looks into the John Edwards/Rielle Hunter affair story will see that Edwards has, at best, acted in a very suspicious manner for over a year now. When the Larry Craig story was breaking, I didn't buy his particular line of bullshit and I don't buy Edwards's either after I've spent the last couple of days Googling with my wife. (That's not as dirty as it sounds.) At first, I was skeptical of the National Enquirer story catching Edwards leaving the Beverly Hills Hilton Hotel at 2:45am because there were no pictures and the tabloids aren't reliable. Now it turns out that Edwards was at the hotel, so was Ms. Hunter, and that he when he saw reporters he hid in the bathroom until security guards came and got him.

[There is a lot more to this Lee Stranahan thread that I urge everybody to read. However, I will also include the following update that Stranahan has added to his thread...]

Update: Seems like I've touched a third rail here. I cross-posted this piece at Daily Kos and it got over 400 comments. Unfortunately, a large number of the comments were nothing but insults. One person suggested seriously that all the videos I've made lampooning Republicans (including my Mike Huckabee video that Kos himself called the 'best political parody of 2007) were just a ruse so I could weasel my way into the progressive blogosphere, apparently in anticipation of John Edwards being caught at hotel.

[That's what happens when you diverge from the Liberal Thought Police, Lee. And now let us look at the reaction from other HUffies...]

I thought he was gay. I am relieved he isn't and we all sit down once in a while on the bench of lust and happyness. Having said that, it would have been nice for him to be the knight in shining armore protecting ailing Brunhilde. But since we live in 2008 and not in the renosance area, he just forgot himself one night. Now he has a child and guess what he can afford it. It is not easy to see your partner detoriating and beeing eaten up with cancer and knowing the end is near sooner or later. So give pretty boy some slack we don't need him for president anyhow. There was always a phony hue around him anyhow.

[John Edwards a phony? Who woulda thunk it?]

If this story is true, I feel terrible for Mrs. Edwards. She is afterall suffering from terminal cancer. Also I'm rather shocked because Edwards appeared so squeaky clean while running for the presidential nomination. Edwards needs to come forward and tell the truth. Otherwise the press will tell the story for him.

[So far the liberal press is covering for him.]

So where are Edwards followers on this if it is true.....It is OK for him to lie to his sick soul mate wife , but he will be honest with me on all other issues.....naivety pure and simple.

[A PlayStation3 for this HUffie.]

If the Right wants to make a big deal about it, they are being hypocritcal as usual.

[Just like you made a big deal out of Larry Craig's wide stance?]

The reason you deserve a lot of the criticism you are getting is that what you write has consequences. As about a thousand people have reiterated here and on Kos, John Edwards is the only major national politician reminding people that too many of our citizens are unacceptably poor. He also has two young children and a dying wife. I think a responsible human being chooses to raise the bar for such a person before repeating terrible charges against him. Otherwise you're no better than Mickey Kaus.

[Oh, and John Edwards just cancelled his scholarship program because it won't help his poltitical career any more.]

The reason that it really doesn't matter is the fact that John Edwards was a past Senator, and a past VP candidate, and a past Presidential candidate. The key word is "PAST" by the skin of his teeth he is "PAST" of any thing "official."

[And the fact that Edwards was recently on Obama's shortlist for veep or AG went PAST your tiny brain.]

Your activities get sleezier by the moment. All of us living in LA know that the last place anyone would rendevous is the hotel in question! That would be the last place on earth anyone seeking privacy would meet! The Papparazzi are like cockroaches there. Stranahan, this is nothing but another effort to slime the good and decent John Edwards. Have you ever given thought to whether you really want to live your life this way? Or you might want to consider whether this kind of garbage serves anything but filth.

[LOL! "The good and decent John Edwards." Enjoy the Kool-Aid!]

ALSO Has anyone checked to see if an actual criminal report was filed with the police as said or is everyone taking the NE's word?

[Don't hold your breath waiting for the L.A. Times to investigate that.]

So, what if it is true ? And if it is, what does it mean?

[Who am I? And what am I doing here?]


Blogger Tazzerman said...

This is a gift that just keeps on giving isn't it? Wow!

Even those posts/comments that seem to be written by half way intelligent people are hilarious in their complete and utter cluelessness not to mention their inability to see just how hypicritical they truly are.

11:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Humpty Edwards has taken a great fall. But the refusal of the MSM to acknowledge it allows his wingnut fans to delude themselves into thinking that this sleazy lawyer has morals.

But there's more here, if this story is true then the politcal love story of John and Elizabeth Edwards was nothing more than an empty media performance. So the MSM will remain mum on this story because it makes them look bad.

12:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I submit to you, my fellow-citizens, these considerations, in full confidence that the good sense which has so often marked your decisions will allow them their due weight and effect; and that you will never suffer difficulties, however formidable in appearance, or however fashionable the error on which they may be founded, to drive you into the gloomy and perilous scene into which the advocates for disunion would conduct you. Hearken not to the unnatural voice which tells you that the people of America, knit together as they are by so many cords of affection, can no longer live together as members of the same family; can no longer continue the mutual guardians of their mutual happiness; can no longer be fellow-citizens of one great, respectable, and flourishing empire. Hearken not to the voice which petulantly tells you that the form of government recommended for your adoption is a novelty in the political world; that it has never yet had a place in the theories of the wildest projectors; that it rashly attempts what it is impossible to accomplish. No, my countrymen, shut your ears against this unhallowed language. Shut your hearts against the poison which it conveys; the kindred blood which flows in the veins of American citizens, the mingled blood which they have shed in defense of their sacred rights, consecrate their Union, and excite horror at the idea of their becoming aliens, rivals, enemies. And if novelties are to be shunned, believe me, the most alarming of all novelties, the most wild of all projects, the most rash of all attempts, is that of rendering us in pieces, in order to preserve our liberties and promote our happiness. But why is the experiment of an extended republic to be rejected, merely because it may comprise what is new? Is it not the glory of the people of America, that, whilst they have paid a decent regard to the opinions of former times and other nations, they have not suffered a blind veneration for antiquity, for custom, or for names, to overrule the suggestions of their own good sense, the knowledge of their own situation, and the lessons of their own experience? To this manly spirit, posterity will be indebted for the possession, and the world for the example, of the numerous innovations displayed on the American theatre, in favor of private rights and public happiness. Had no important step been taken by the leaders of the Revolution for which a precedent could not be discovered, no government established of which an exact model did not present itself, the people of the United States might, at this moment have been numbered among the melancholy victims of misguided councils, must at best have been laboring under the weight of some of those forms which have crushed the liberties of the rest of mankind. Happily for America, happily, we trust, for the whole human race, they pursued a new and more noble course. They accomplished a revolution which has no parallel in the annals of human society. They reared the fabrics of governments which have no model on the face of the globe. They formed the design of a great Confederacy, which it is incumbent on their successors to improve and perpetuate. If their works betray imperfections, we wonder at the fewness of them. If they erred most in the structure of the Union, this was the work most difficult to be executed; this is the work which has been new modelled by the act of your convention, and it is that act on which you are now to deliberate and to decide.

Publius. [James Madison]

3:18 PM  
Blogger Jack Bauer said...

"He also has two young children and a dying wife. " says the DHummie.

Err, TWO young children plus a BABY = THREE.

5:39 AM  
Blogger JorgXMcKie said...

Which reality is the Reality-Based Community occupying this time?

10:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Edwards is going to take to hiding in closets, we'll just have to revise our opinion of him. He's not a defender of the poor, knight in shining armor. He's a knight in shining armoire. (Har! I crack me up!).

11:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I got lost here....did John G do a cut and paste?


1:04 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry, Copy and paste.


1:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yup -- from Federalist 14 by James Madison

I particularly liked the second to last sentence, which I think most politicians of the last 80 or so years forgot:

"... They formed the design of a great Confederacy, which it is incumbent on their successors to improve and perpetuate. ..."

And by implication of the last sentence, our responsibility as voters to judge which politicians meet that challenge and which don't.

12:25 PM  

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