Gee, a woman can't take a week or two to attend to domestic affairs ( no pun intended) without one of her heroes crashing and burning!
Now it is quite obvious to even the wall that a few years ago John Edwards had a relationship with Reille Hunter, so you don't need me to rehash the story here. However, since on numerous occasions I've publicly expressed my support for John Edwards I guess I have to answer a few questions now.
First, do I condone his infidelity?
- Of course not
Second, do I have empathy for Elizabeth Edwards?
- You better believe it.
Third, do I think that this is the end of John Edwards' political career?
- Well, if you gauge this indiscretion against those of 90% of the politicians in Louisiana or Washington, DC then John's future looks great. LOL But seriously, only time will tell.
However, I hope that politics is the last thing on John's mind right now. He needs a long hiatus and a lot of quality time with his family.
Fourth, Do I view John Edwards, in his capacity as a political figure, any differently than I did six months ago?
- Because I never thought that John was a "perfect" man. I just thought that he had many of the qualities that I like in a political leader. I still think that he is a brilliant attorney with a real passion for helping the most vulnerable members of our society.
I long ago abandoned the notion that political figures are "better" persons than the rest of us. Sadly politicians ( and religious leaders) are just human beings who, like the rest of us, sometimes do really STUPID things but unlike the rest of us, have a gift for doing a job most of us don't want or aren't qualifed to do.
Surprised? You shouldn't be. If my view of leaders hung on an illusion of perfection then I probably wouldn't respect anyone other than Jesus Christ. I certainly would have to scratch FDR, JFK, RFK, MLK and just about everyone I know personally off of my list.
Am I disappointed in John Edwards? SURE. I'm disappointed in a lot of politicians these days but that's a topic for my next post.