John Edwards can still make me swoon. He is a vision of intelligence and vitality not seen in many politicians – present or former. With the ruling of U.S. Middle District Court Judge Catherine C. Eagles, he will now also be appearing in a courtroom near me. Edwards, who went to court to seek dismiss the charges against him, now says “I want my day in court.”
Those are brave words. I cannot imagine anyone on the defending side wanting their day in court. Court is messy, emotional and the outcome is not assured. John Edwards, from his days as a prominent attorney, knows this – yet he keeps a calm persona for the public. I wonder, how does his former mistress Rielle Hunter feel about seeing the man she was so intimate with being brought up on charges that occurred over their consensual relationship. Both parties knew they could be found out, Mr. Edwards certainly knew he was married and that his wife was cast in the role of saint for her on-going cancer battle. Ms. Hunter knew about the marriage and yet she too ignored it and went along with the subterfuge afterwards.
I think they have both already made their shameful beds and have to lie in them. I don’t see how spending thousands of dollars of public money to air the terms of an extra-marital affair does anything more than satisfy our collective urge to see the mighty stumble. Neither parties will ever have a life without this shadow cast over it. That itself is worth more than any money or slap on the wrist Edwards can face.
Sadly, I will still be watching this slow-motion wreck along with everyone else.