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John Edwards has been indicted. But according to the former trial lawyer he broke no law. Right. Except the ones that say thou shalt not commit adultery, covet or bare false witness. Yet he still looks like a Boy Scout.

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Seriously. Will somebody explain John Edwards to me? Still not getting it. This from Truthdig:

Now we learn that Edwards is under investigation for possibly funneling campaign funds to the mistress, and he has released a perfectly parsed statement that says “no funds from my campaign” were used improperly. That pointedly leaves out money that could flow from the labyrinth of his other political organizations. I am sure federal prosecutors can sort all this out.

Still we should not be so concerned with Edwards as another self-absorbed politician who engages in self-destructive behavior. I worry more that Edwards became a two-time presidential contender and the 2004 vice presidential nominee based on little but his own preening.

Maureen Dowd waxes eloquent about the preening, cock-eyed duplicity of the politically powerful:

For some reason, super-strivers have a need to sell what is secretly weakest about themselves, as if they yearn for unmasking. Edwards’s decency and concern for the weak in society — except for his own wife. Bill Clinton’s intellect and love of community — except for his stupidity and destructiveness about Monica. Bush the Younger’s jocular, I’m-in-charge self-confidence — except for turning over his presidency, as no president ever has, to his Veep. Eliot Spitzer’s crusade for truth, justice and the American way — except at home.

Ah, yes. Thank goodness for the Olympics, where we can safely idolized upright role models of pure, untainted moral excellence. Yeah, right.

Edwards declares who he’s backing.

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Giuliani’s gamble came up bust. John Edwards is packing it in. And Hillary gets more votes in Florida––a contest that the DNC said they were not going to count––than the Republican victor, John McCain. All of which makes Super Tuesday a bit more super. Not Super Bowl super, you understand, but pretty darn super. The two-person Democratic race will be all the more defining without Edwards siphoning off voters and delegates. We will discover whether the two Clintons can go a straight week without race-baiting and––with their combined “experience”–– whether they are capable of behaving more…oh, I don’t know…presidential? We’ll see if the endorsement of Barack Obama by three living Kennedys gives him more street cred with Democrats or just frightens off the independents and the alleged Obama Republicans. And we’ll see if McCain really has this thing in the bag. And if Ron Paul can find another hobby.


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Pitting the “people” against the “powerful” is as old as American politics itself. But, for whatever reason, populism hasn’t been getting a lot of traction this year. Populist candidate, John Edwards, came in third out of three in his own home state. And while Mike Huckabee has been the biggest of oxymorons: a populist Republican, his campaign has steadily been losing steam. Apparently, the “little guy” no longer thinks he needs a champion. Or maybe the “little guy” just realizes that it’s the powerful that have all the…um…power? Perhaps, in a bad economy we are less interested in punishing the fat cats, and more interested in them doing well. You know, so the rest of us can be gainfully employed. Perhaps, that’s what people in Florida like about Romney. He is a filthy-rich captain of industry with more money than God. He might be able to fix this economy thing. Maybe the “little guy” has subconsciously embraced supply-side economics. Maybe the unemployed and the under-employed have an easier time demonizing the illegal immigrant than the Man. Maybe today’s “little guy” isn’t really a Democrat after all. Maybe he is more of a Republican than Mike Huckabee. Just maybe.

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Hillary and Bill are starting to get under Obama’s skin. The two-headed Clinton is more than one man can handle. But in last night’s debate he managed to come off like a James Bond martini: Shaken, not stirred. Heck, he might even looked tough in the presidential sense of the word. Perhaps, he even showed that he is strong enough to go toe-to-toe with the GOP smear-machine. Senator Clinton, by contrast, reminded us what shrill looks like. That’s the hard thing about being a woman candidate walking that very thin line between hard-nosed and harsh. Unfortunately, Hillary always walks this line like a Saturday night DWI. Of course, John Edwards was the calm, reasonable southern gentleman. A role that South Carolinians have got to eat up. He deported himself as the one above the fray. Why? Because he is. John Edwards is the third wheel in these debates. No one is attacking him. Not because he is above reproach, but because he is beneath relevance. Oh, well. Last night the gloves finally came off and I don’t think I am alone when I ask this. Put them back on. This is a debate, not a South Carolinian ass whuppin’.

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Another win for Hillary. This time without as much as a whimper. Just a hard-fought victory with the usual political shennanigens. The real news is not Senator Clinton. Or the second-place Obama. The real news is John Edwards. The champion of the little guy is now looking very much like the little guy himself, netting on 4% of the vote. I mean, that’s Dennis Kucinich kind of numbers. Yikes! So John, isn’t time you walk away from what is clearly a two-man race? Isn’t it time you let the front-runners fight for the economically disenfranchised? Isn’t time you took a rest from your populist hokum? Spend some time with your family. Write your memoirs. Shoot, go treat yourself to another $300 haircut. You deserve it.