more proof that john edwards is a scumbag

Not that there’s insufficient evidence to convict, but this latest submission should make it unanimous:

Edwards is scheduled to speak at the University of Illinois’ Urbana campus in mid-October. According to the Chicago Sun-Times, Edwards will rake in $65,000 for the chat. But the paper reports Edwards’ agent told a University official Edwards wants to book more engagements and charge more than the pre-Beverly Hilton rate.

In 2006, Edwards was paid a measly $55,000 to speak at UC Davis … on poverty.

Now the miserable cheat is seeking to profit from scandal, even though he still hasn’t been forthcoming about it.

imagine if obama had lost

We’d be stuck with either a slimeball — rational observes know that Edwards has yet to come clean about his mistress and their spawn — or Hillbot, whose campaign operatives are whining what coulda been had Edwards been upfront about his personal life.

Let that sink in: Hillary, wife of Bill, bemoaning the lack of exposure of a sex scandal. Michelle Cottle revisits Clintonia:

John Edwards has been outed as a pathetic lying tool. His widely revered wife has been implicated in his politically idiotic coverup. There is a baby out there whose paternity will remain a matter of gross public speculation because of the breathtaking childishness and selfishness of the parents (whoever the hell the dad is). And Team Hillary wants us to think for one second about what this may have cost them? Boo hoo hoo.

could he be more icky?

So what did John Edwards see in Rielle Hunter?

“Finally, someone who understands just how amazingly wonderful I am.”

Edwards, she said, was an old soul who had barely tapped into any of his potential. The real John Edwards, she believed, was a brilliant, generous, giving man who was driven by competing impulses—to feed his ego and serve the world. If he could only tap into his heart more, and use his head less, he had the power to be a “transformational leader” on par with Gandhi and Martin Luther King. “He has the power to change the world,” she said.

Edwards is either maniacally narcissistic or breathtakingly insecure.

Speaking of contradictions, watch how insincere he is talking about his sincerity.

no mercy for the pretty boy

Nor should there be. Maureen Dowd piles on, appropriately.

Even in confessing to preening, Edwards was preening. His diagnosis of narcissism was weirdly narcissistic, or was it self-narcissistic? Given his diagnosis, I’m sure his H.M.O. would pay.

The creepiest part of his creepy confession was when he stressed to Woodruff that he cheated on Elizabeth in 2006 when her cancer was in remission. His infidelity was oncologically correct

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FLASHBACK: Defining John Edwards

It’s a shame John Edwards can’t stand trial for exploiting the death of his son.

(originally posted 9/9/08)

Edwards had told Kerry he was going to share a story with him that he’d never told anyone else—that after his son Wade had been killed, he climbed onto the slab at the funeral home, laid there and hugged his body, and promised that he’d do all he could to make life better for people, to live up to Wade’s ideals of service. Kerry was stunned, not moved, because, as he told me later, Edwards had recounted the same exact story to him, almost in the exact same words, a year or two before—and with the same preface, that he’d never shared the memory with anyone else.

john edwards is like school on sunday

Yes, he’s a scumbag. No, he’s only human.

Shit, I thought he was the Green Lantern.

Okay, so he’s a mammal. Not a very admirable one, it turns out. (For you partisan types, same criticism applies to insensitive asshole Newt Gingrich, who at the very least was a lousy husband.)

Should this be news? I’m torn, but debating it is pointless.

It’s been nearly 50 years since the press overlooked JFK’s dalliances — 20 years since Gary Hart’s monkey business signaled the end of that unspoken agreement. Personal indiscretions by prominent politicians will be covered, and there’s no turning back.

Truth be told, we learned a lot about Edwards today. Apparently he’s learned nothing. His revelations were more about self-preservation than forgiveness, and they were poorly executed.

“If you want to beat me up – feel free. You cannot beat me up more than I have already beaten up myself.”

Sounds like someone’s watched too many episodes of “The Brady Bunch.”

So much to question about his alleged contrition. He claims he was “99 percent truthful” even though he denied the fundamental allegation of an affair. Clever math. Such a threshhold would require acknowledgement of everything but the exact room number of the hotel where he first fucked his mistress.

Yeah, but … Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer was in remission during her husband’s “liason.” The fact that the former presidential candidate even brought that up is indicative of his character, or lack thereof. In other words, he waited to screw around until he knew his wife had bought some time.

Well in that case …