published Saturday, April 28th, 2012

The personal and the political

We occasionally hear the argument that a politician's private actions have little bearing on his public service and should not be considered by voters.

The scandal surrounding former Sen. John Edwards seems to disprove that. It is for a court to decide whether Edwards is guilty of conspiracy and violating campaign finance laws in connection with a child that his affair produced while he unsuccessfully sought the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination. But think of the consequences and the turmoil for our country if he had been elected president, and the scandal -- which could send him to prison for up to 30 years -- had erupted only then.

No, the personal and the political unfortunately don't always fit in tidy, separate boxes.

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EaTn said...

I often get a sixth-sense feeling about a particular politician by their particular mannerism. For right-wingers it's often the half-grin arrogant smirk and for John Edwards it was the "cat that ate the mouse" grin.

April 28, 2012 at 7:27 a.m.
Rtazmann said...

Lets not make excuses for political figures,,,,if they are dirty they will always be,,,if they are honest they will always be...it is their life the way they live it..People they work with usually know who they are,,, country wide or nationwide.I"m sure we don't have something as big as government with no more skeletons in it,,

April 29, 2012 at 10:58 a.m.
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