I liked John Edwards during the Presidential campaign. He seemed like an honest, articulate, up front guy to me. My son, a physician, hated him because he got rich suing doctors. My son and I argued, but, as usual, my son knows more than I do and it turns out my son was right.
What kind of a father denies his own child and the child's mother? You have to be suffering from Moral Deficit Disorder. How then do you aspire to lead a nation in the free world when you are that morally bankrupt that you cannot even manage your own personal relationships in a coherent and moral manner?
It's scary that this man could have become the leader of the free world.
Unitarian Universalists know that human beings are imperfect, but we do value the free and responsible search for truth and meaning and John Edwards was way off course and was throwing others way off course in the most basic and fundamental ways.
The best thing is that he finally, when he has to, is stepping up, admitting his lie and taking some sort of responsibility but I feel terribly sorry for his family and all of us that were mislead and bamboozeled by this very charismatic but morally deficient man.
From NPR web site on January 21, 2009:
"For the first time, John Edwards is publicly admitting that he is indeed the father of a 2-year-old daughter conceived with Rielle Hunter, a campaign videographer with whom he had an affair," The Today Show reports.
In Raleigh, The News & Observer writes that the 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee (and 2008 presidential contender) released a statement that says, in part:
"It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter, and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me."
The newspaper adds that:
The admission comes after more than two years of rumors and tabloid hounding and an investigation into campaign money federal authorities suspect circulated around Edward's mistress. Edwards, former North Carolina senator and failed presidential candidate, has repeatedly denied being Quinn's father since August 2008.