Edwards indicted: Couldn’t happen to a more deserving slimeball

Posted by: Phineas on June 3, 2011 at 12:01 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Pardon me while I laugh with glee and do a jig:

Former presidential candidate John Edwards was indicted Friday on criminal charges by a federal grand jury in Raleigh, N.C, for misusing campaign funds to cover up an affair.

Edwards faces six counts — four of illegal campaign contributions, one of conspiracy and one of false statements.

Edwards, a Democrat who served one term in the Senate representing North Carolina and who was Sen. John Kerry’s (D-Mass.) vice presidential running mate in 2004, fell from grace over the last three years after admitting an affair with Rielle Hunter and then that he had fathered a child with his former staffer, all while his wife Elizabeth Edwards battled cancer.

Earlier Friday, there were reports that talks toward a plea deal between Edwards’s lawyers and the Justice Department had collapsed.

I have despised John Edwards with a visceral passion ever since he came on the national scene in 2004. Everything about him screamed “hypocrite,” “phony,” and “fraud.” He was an unctuous snake-oil salesman who personified all the worst, most cynical aspects of our politics and legal system. (Hey, he was a plaintiff’s trial lawyer who made his money off exploiting medical malpractice suits. What did we expect?) He’s the living embodiment of Elmer Gantry, a con artist who’d take your trust, your money, and your vote, pat you on the back, and laugh inside at what a fool he’s made of you. In all the years since, I have never understood how anyone could fall for his act.

Really, I have to ask of any (hopefully former) Edwards supporters in the audience: How could you be so dumb?

And to think, but for a few thousand votes in Ohio, this sanctimonious charlatan almost became vice-president, one gunshot or heart attack from the Oval Office, itself.

My friends we truly dodged a nightmare in 2004, and I don’t just mean having Lurch for president.

But once again we see how hubris is brought down by nemesis; in this case, John Edwards was the instrument of his own destruction.

It’s a reminder that there is Justice in the world, and yes, I take great pleasure in this moment.

Enjoy your stay at Club Fed, John!

RELATED: Previous posts on John Edwards.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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9 Responses to “Edwards indicted: Couldn’t happen to a more deserving slimeball”


  1. Great White Rat says:

    And the same people who spent the autumn of 2008 screeching about how terrible it would be to have Palin as VP spent the autumn of 2004 enthusiastically supporting this slimeball for VP.

  2. Andy says:

    2004? Heck – North Carolina despised him shortly after electing him in 1998. Why do you think he lobbied heavily ERRR accepted the VP slot rather than run for re-election? His trouncing in a statewide election would have been legendary.

  3. PE says:

    “Hypocrite, phony and fraud.” So outrageous he actually exceeded the norms of democratic behavior to the extent that he will now be prosecuted. Quite the accomplishment,managing to be so screwed up as to get criminally charged amidst a mob of active, practicing psychopathic liars running wild and free.

  4. Tom H says:

    You’re right. Couldn’t happen to a “nicer” guy.

  5. Drew the Infidel says:

    Though I must admit a perverted sense of pleasure at watching the self-inflicted ills that befall this jackwad, the fact that it is Eric Holder and the incompetent DOJ going after him leads me to believe he will walk.

  6. Carlos says:

    And they spent the summer of 2008 adulating the slimeball who’s now our president, too, GWR. And that doesn’t even begin to describe the piece of pig poop he selected for his co-conspirator!

  7. captaingrumpy says:

    It was believed that his wife was the brains behind his run.After she was taken ill,what did he have…..nothing.