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Open Thread: John Edwards

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 7:10 pm

Not the first guy to confuse “campaign funds” with “funds used to cover up a scandal.”

Hot Air has more here.

Comment away.

44 Responses to “Open Thread: John Edwards”

  1. Ding, oh yeah and racists!

    Gazzer (130c87)

  2. I am so sad for Silky.

    JD (318f81)

  3. You’d think the spirits would have warned him… Wait, are we talking about the psychic or the biggest douche in the universe?

    Ghost (ebcb8d)

  4. Bet he doesn’t feel so ‘pretty” now.

    Gazzer (130c87)

  5. Think about how close this clown car of neuroses came to being VP or running for President. Brrrr.

    Simon Jester (bc0700)

  6. Just as the former Senator Silky Pony once famously said, “There’s two Americas…”

    …there are Americans who live in big houses that are 29,000 square feet, and then there are the Americans who get sent to THE BIG HOUSE !…where their living quarters are about 29 square feet !

    Elephant Stone (0ae97d)

  7. I’m not certain but I think that, other than Spiro Agnew, Edwards is the only modern-era VP nominee from either Party to face criminal charges.

    DRJ (a83b8b)

  8. he was in an impossible situation really, cause of he didn’t want to hurt his dying wife’s feelings, it’s just he didn’t like her in that way anymore

    so he found some hoochie he *did* like in that way, and they made a baby!

    I don’t think he expected his wife to live as long as she did, and soon the whole situation became very awkward

    he needed monies for to conceal the Tawdry Circumstances, but he couldn’t use his own monies cause of his wife might would find out, and get her feelings hurt and be humilated and such and then his children would hate him

    so he just did what he had to do

    I’m not sure what he did was illegal though plus the whole sorry affair blew up in his face rather a lot spectacularly, and the degree to which he is held in contempt only strengthens in proportion to the length of time and the intimacy with which any given person had known him

    the wee little baby might still like him I guess

    babies are very undiscerning though

    it’s a thing

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  9. Don’t forget the 100 acres of land the house and office building are on.

    Just the trees they cut down have more carbon impact than I’ll produce in my lifetime.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  10. I don’t think anyone actually cares much what they get him on, just so long as he gets to do a lot of time as a lesson to all the other Washington scum.

    Kevin M (bf8ad7)

  11. I can’t tell if the lack of front page coverage is because the press is covering for yet another Dem caught with his drawers down and keeping it out of sight, or if everyone across the board loathes him so much and front page placement is pointless when all the titillating details were made public long ago. I didn’t see it on the front page of the Wapo or the NYT, and the LAT has an In the News link to go to for info.

    Apparently there is a level of gutter-scum one can sink to and both the left and right recognize it.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  12. edwards may soon wish
    he were not quite so pretty
    ya know what I mean?

    Colonel Haiku (d22b1f)

  13. Dana, I think you are being way too generous. They didn’t want to cover it then: they will work hard to avoid it now. Birds of a feather…

    Gazzer (130c87)

  14. I suppose, Gazzer. Had it been a Republican, it would of course still be front page news, all the way to the bitter end.

    Dana (4eca6e)

  15. O mores. O tempores.

    Im Chicago, your “campaign contributions” are yours provided you declare them as income and pay the tax. Byrne left with $11 million, Washington with $13 million but who knows where he took, Daley is likely a multi-billionaire overseas, he’ll need all of it to keep his psychopathic son off death row.

    nk (875f57)

  16. Dana, compare Weiner and Edwards. When the left despises one of their own, they will throw him to the wolves. Edwards isn’t socially toxic enough for them. And because if he beats this charge, he’ll be politcally viable again in another decade. So they don’t report on it so everyone forgets and moves on. Also why the word “democrat” or “democratic vice presidential nominee” rarely appears in the articles.

    Ghost (ee3968)

  17. But had he been a Republican he would not have been married to, and cheated on, a “saint”–so the meme would be very different. The left’s love for Elizabeth is the reason they hate him so much.

    elissa (652e69)

  18. My mother used to say, “You see the good day in the morning”. Edwards had his day, he won’t be back.

    nk (875f57)

  19. no he won’t be back that’s for sure unless he starts a wildly successful social media site

    those are douchebag-proof

    happyfeet (3c92a1)

  20. I was surprised — but impressed — to read National Review’s online editorial arguing that the prosecution of John Edwards should not hinge on his campaign finance irregularities. I thought it was a principled stand for NR to take, and I love the way they perfectly described the utter despicableness of the former VP nominee. It’s a very interesting read.

    JVW (08392a)

  21. He didn’t use campaign funds. this was totally separate from his campaign fund.

    The argument for this being a federal crime, is that this was really give to him to help him run for president – therefore this was collecting unreported and illegally large campaign donations.

    I think there are a lot f problems with this idea. Suppose John Edwards had decided not to run for president? Would this then be illegal campaign contributions? What if he ran 5 or 8 years later? Would they be illegal campaign contributions? To what campaign? What if somebody sets up a legal defense fund? People often contribute to that because they want to help someone run for office. Yet a legal defense fund does not count against any campaign contribution limits.

    Of course the other way, what if somebody never sets up a campaign fund, or sets up a limited one, and there’s another fund to promote his reputation?

    Now the defense Edwards is using seems to be that this had nothing to do with his campaign but was done out of personal friendship. A big motive in such a case if this is not for the voters in the next election, is to hide it from his wife. So proof as to how much Elizabeth Edwards knew becomes evidence.

    It is just no good either way but maybe worse to consider this a campaign fund. That way, anybody who hid anything about himself, or promoted himself in any way, could be blackmailed into not running, because if he ran, then all the money given for this becomes retrospectively, campaign contributions and campaign spending..

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  22. 21 then he would owe some back taxes… and he should pay the whole amount with penalties and interest within 60 days to keep the IRS hounds at bay

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  24. John Kerry, who served in Nam, made the pick of Edwards for v.p.
    What a moron.

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