Friday, August 08, 2008

Disenchanted and relieved

Thank you, my friends, for being smarter than me.

Remember earlier this year when you sent e-mails and made phone calls and talked politics with me as you tried to sway my vote away from John Edwards and toward Barack Obama? Remember how I said I just couldn't find a reason not to support John Edwards, how I said I thought he put the needs of the country first, how I said I simply trusted him, believed in him? Remember how I said I liked Obama, but how I continued to throw my support to Edwards until he left the race? And then remember how you voted in large enough numbers to put Obama in the lead?

You were right. I was wrong.

If Edwards were currently the presumptive nominee, John McCain would be on the fast track to the White House.

Next time, I will listen to you more carefully.

9 comments:

kristina said...

you just never know what you'll hear these days.....

dancingmom said...

I was always an Obama supporter, but I liked Edwards and felt very sad about this news as well. I also recently learned of some infidelity in my close circle and I feel like -- "who can you trust?" I hate that. I'd rather be hopeful and believe that most people are moral, etc. I know people are human and make mistakes (including me) but I have a hard time understanding THIS particular "mistake." Ugh.

CS said...

I'd much rather our leaders have affairs than start wars and send thousands to their deaths. What was done to Edwards and his family is a travesty. Edwards never said he was a saint and never chastised other people like some of the other politicians, namely from the other side of the isle. He lost a son, was loosing his wife to cancer and I'm sure very lonely. No one knows his circumstance and I feel very sorry for the man and his family as they didn't deserve this. He's dedicated his life to helping others and it seems everyone wants to abandon him now.

Mama Mara said...

I know that Americans are stuck in puritanical mode when it comes to politicians, that our appetite for tabloid news borders on prurient, that we really should care more about the job-related lies of our leaders than about their personal indiscretions ... but DAAAAAmn! Why are these people so incredibly stupid? Can't they just keep it in their pants for the greater good?

Where are all the brilliant, progressive eunuchs?

MOM-NOS said...

CS, my issue is not with the affair - frankly, I don't think that's any of my business. My issue is with the fact that he was running for President with the full knowledge that IF it came to light and IF he were the nominee when it did, it could cost the Democrats the election. This election is WAY too high stakes to make such an egocentric decision, and it's that decision - not the affair - that changes the way I look at John Edwards.

Also, re: Edwards never chastising other people - He has been quoted as saying this about Bill Clinton:

"I think this President has shown a remarkable disrespect for his office, for the moral dimensions of leadership, for his friends, for his wife, for his precious daughter. It is breathtaking to me the level to which that disrespect has risen." -- John Edwards, Feb. 12, 1999

CS said...

Mom, I wasn't aware of that quote from Edwards. I also know your point and understand it. I just wish America was a different, more nuanced place, more human so to speak and less judgmental.

Anonymous said...

My husband of 30 years is not a church goer, not one for public displays of affection or loving words, kind of cynical, maybe the "anti-John Edwards", at least the Edwards we knew before yesterday. I laughed with him today; were HE to be unfaithful people would probably not be surprised. Sad how appearances can fool us but a good reminder to beware of pretty boys; if it looks too good to be true, etc.
Daniel Shorr said last night that the worse thing is Edwards expects/wants our sympathy.

MOM-NOS said...

CS, I completely agree. It seems like, as a culture, we are far more comfortable with black and white than we are with grey, even though it seems to me that most things in life are grey. They are in my life, at any rate.

for what it's worth said...

The only solace we Canadians got was when Cretien was is in office. No one in their right mind would have any kind of affair with him...ecept the Quebecois. Now we look at a scandal involving millions, nay billions.
You're right the morality question runs far deeper than a sexual nature.

The best politician I have met is our Federal MP who has a constituency of such diversity in race, religion and so forth, he has learned how to speak with and for the people. He was a newbie in our last election so didn't get a cabinet post. I can hardly wait to see in the next 2 years, where this man ends up. He speaks for me ( and he's a conservative...our liberal...scary......) Vote for the person, not the party here in the Great White North.