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.