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John Edwards affair: how much will it hurt Obama?
perth Now ^ | August 10, 2008 06:12am | Paul Handley

Posted on 08/09/2008 3:49:19 PM PDT by Red Steel

BARACK Obama's supporters have moved to stem the damage after one-time party star and presidential hopeful John Edwards admitted having an affair during his White House run as his wife battled cancer.

With the party's national convention to officially crown Senator Obama as its White House candidate just over two weeks away, Democrats sought to minimise the John Edwards affair as a personal matter for the Edwards family.

"We have unrealistic expectations for people. John Edwards like the rest of us is only human," said Howard Wolfson, a former senior official for the rival presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.

"The truth is a lot of ordinary, average Americans have affairs," Mr Wolfson said on Fox News.

Mr Edwards, a North Carolina senator before he joined the presidential race in 2004, went public with his long-rumoured affair on ABC television yesterday, conceding that it went on as he prepared his White House run and while his wife Elizabeth was being treated for breast cancer.

Mr Edwards, 54, apologised profusely, admitting that life on the campaign trail had made him "increasingly egocentric and narcissistic".

He denied, however, fathering the six-month-old baby of 42-year-old filmmaker Rielle Hunter, although according to reports her family is seeking a paternity test from Mr Edwards.

Elizabeth Edwards is a popular figure due to her courageous fight against her cancer, which has been judged by doctors to be incurable since it returned in 2007.

She wrote on the Daily Kos that her husband told her in 2006 of the affair, saying that it had been painful but that it was a private issue.

Senator Obama, on a week-long holiday in Hawaii, praised Mr Edwards as "a great champion of working people". But

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"The Edwards family indicated that they probably wouldn't be attending the convention," Senator Obama said.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.com.au ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008dncconvention; democrats; edwards; election; election2008; electionpresident; elections; johnedwards; obama

1 posted on 08/09/2008 3:49:20 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

It’s a darn shame that Obama didn’t select Edwards before this became public. It won’t hurt him a bit, but it might hurt McCain.


2 posted on 08/09/2008 3:50:53 PM PDT by stockstrader (CHANGE--a euphemism for further dividing our country along racial, social and economic lines)
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To: stockstrader

Edwards is the guilty party and McCain pays for it. Ok, got it. /bs


3 posted on 08/09/2008 3:53:58 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: Red Steel

How can the Dems even get their bus out of the garage with all the bodies piling up underneath? LOL!

Let’s count...

Hillary!
Reverend Wright
Obama’s “Typical White Bigot” Grandma
Tony Rezko
Silky Pony Edwards

NEXT! ;)


4 posted on 08/09/2008 3:54:11 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: stockstrader

Yep, rumors have been that Edwards was on the short list for VP. That would have been great for popcorn sales if he had already picked Edwards and then had to back away.


5 posted on 08/09/2008 3:54:49 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Red Steel

Just wait until the democrats focus their attack machine on the fact the McCain was no ‘choir boy’ when he was the commander at Jacksonville. Yes, there most certainly is risk here for McCain.


6 posted on 08/09/2008 3:58:31 PM PDT by stockstrader (CHANGE--a euphemism for further dividing our country along racial, social and economic lines)
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To: Red Steel
"The Edwards family indicated that they probably wouldn't be attending the convention," Senator Obama said.

We will save a speaking slot for serial adulterer Bill Clinton, however........

7 posted on 08/09/2008 3:59:11 PM PDT by umgud
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To: Red Steel

I can’t see how this could hurt Obama in any way, shape, or form. Don’t expect any fallout from this for Obama.


8 posted on 08/09/2008 3:59:11 PM PDT by saganite
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
Hillary!
Reverend Wright
Obama’s “Typical White Bigot” Grandma
Tony Rezko
Silky Pony Edwards

Is this a list of the Tuesday night speakers at the upcoming convention in Denver?

9 posted on 08/09/2008 4:01:04 PM PDT by Aln in Eastern WA (We have an obligation to call this what it is...the false comfort of appeasement... GWB, May 2008)
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To: Aln in Eastern WA
Maybe Bill Ayers can talk too!!!

P.S. What do Obama and Osama have in common?

They both have friends who bombed the Pentagon.

10 posted on 08/09/2008 4:03:42 PM PDT by stockstrader (CHANGE--a euphemism for further dividing our country along racial, social and economic lines)
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To: Red Steel

I think it helps Obama. Now he can go to Edward donors and say “see I told you so” and ask for their money.


11 posted on 08/09/2008 4:04:18 PM PDT by montag813
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To: Red Steel

Elizabeth, it isn’t a “private issue” any more.
Sorry for all your troubles, but I have a distinct feeling that this isn’t the first time Silk Pony has strayed.

Elizabeth, you didn’t deserve both cancer and this trifling husband in the same time period. Send him down the road and keep the 14,000 sq ft house.

I sure hope the DNA test gets run soon, so this can all be out in the open. Maury Povich available?????


12 posted on 08/09/2008 4:05:02 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

Grandma if she cannot come up with a birth certificate the document authenticators will accept.

After all this money has been spent...
After all these primary contests.....
After all the efforts of whoever the puppetmaster has been for Nobama from the very beginning in Illinois...
Wouldn’t it be something if he is NOT an American citizen and not even entitled to run for President???
I don’t know what the qualifications are for Senator.........


13 posted on 08/09/2008 4:07:30 PM PDT by ridesthemiles
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To: Red Steel

(We have unrealistic expectations for people. John Edwards like the rest of us is only human,” said Howard Wolfson, a former senior official for the rival presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.)

Maybe in your circle Mr Wolfson it is okay for an ELECTED Government OFFICIAL to cheat on his dying wife, but most normal Americans would find that to be at least slightly offensive.


14 posted on 08/09/2008 4:09:59 PM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (Got Freedom ? Thank a Veteran...... Want to keep Freedom? Don't vote Obama)
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To: ridesthemiles

Funny how Obama picked the ‘State of His Birth’ for a vacation, isn’t it? Bet he comes back with a newly forged document.

And I’m sure Dan Rather will come out of retirement to set the record straight, LOL!


15 posted on 08/09/2008 4:13:48 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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Edwards should follow the advice of Obama supporter Snoop Dog: “I don’t luv ya hoe, I’m out the doe.” Can any of you believe that Obama allows his daughters to listen to that pot head Snoop? Is it Snoop’s love ballads that they’re allowed to listen to?


16 posted on 08/09/2008 4:16:28 PM PDT by donaldo
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To: Red Steel

We have unrealistic expectations for people. John Edwards like the rest of us is only human,”

Unrealistic to expect John Edwards to remain truthful to his wife?

Unrealistic to expect John Edwards to be a man after he told his wife about his affair?

Unrealistic to expect John Edwards to then be the husband and father he should be after that????

Unrealistic to expect John Edwards to then be faithful to his wife after his MISTAKE????

Unrealistic to expect John Edwards to have respect for his wife for whom he disgraced?

Unrealistic to expect John Edwards to show compassion for his wife’s medical condition?

Unrealistic to expect John Edwards to be a MAN and not a showboat?

Wolfson should give everyone a break and shut up.


17 posted on 08/09/2008 4:16:50 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: SECURE AMERICA

I can’t wait for the Clinton campaign e-mails to surface. Some are from Wolfson describing The One. Rush says they are dynamite.


18 posted on 08/09/2008 4:17:19 PM PDT by shalom aleichem
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To: Red Steel

Edwards said his rise to the Senate and then VP nominee so quickly made him egocentric and narcissistic. Sure sounds like Obama. Perhaps the Republicans can point this out. A sudden rise to power can corrupt even a clean cut, well spoken, idealistic guy from humble roots.


19 posted on 08/09/2008 4:23:46 PM PDT by OCC
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To: Red Steel

why did the democrat party wait so long to air this?


20 posted on 08/09/2008 4:24:34 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: Red Steel

A lying, cheating lawyer? Other than Hillary?
My, My, My!


21 posted on 08/09/2008 4:25:40 PM PDT by SmithL (Drill Dammit!)
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To: Red Steel

Edwards will not be speaking at the democratic convention because of this. Bill (the most ethical administration) Clinton ,however, gets to remind everyone of his moral high-ground for at least one day of the convention. The fact that he hasn’t been caught recently makes him a prime celebrity. The sad truth is that Clinton, Edwards and the democratic party are not sorry for what they did but are sorry that they got caught.


22 posted on 08/09/2008 4:27:19 PM PDT by californio (Coast Guard Vet/ 211 Dick)
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To: ken21

“why did the democrat party wait so long to air this?”

My guess is that it’s Hillary! et al throwing dirty undies at the wall to see what sticks.

Trial balloon.


23 posted on 08/09/2008 4:27:46 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: cubreporter

But as was said, Edwards is no “ordinary average” person, you know. He shouldn’t be subject to the same standards /s

My agreement would be, right, he shouldn’t be held to the same standards, the standards for those running for public office as a public servant should be even higher. It was always that way, at least in principle, until recent times. Apparently Clinton busted the whole thing open when he claimed that lying about an affair, even under oath, was perfectly natural and normal.


24 posted on 08/09/2008 4:28:37 PM PDT by mrsmel
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

no doubt.

hill and bill anxiously waiting.


25 posted on 08/09/2008 4:28:44 PM PDT by ken21 (people die and you never hear from them again.)
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To: SmithL

Your first two adjectives are often redundant. ;-)


26 posted on 08/09/2008 4:29:22 PM PDT by Fast Moving Angel (Great spirits have always encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds. --Einstein)
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To: ken21

She’s got something on Obama. That convention is coming up real fast...she’d better get crackin’! LOL!

I can actually see her dragging a three or four year old child up on stage and claiming it’s Obama-Lama-Ding-Dong’s ‘Love Child.’

Then, the DNC takes a vote, and she’s one step closer to the White House. *SMIRK*


27 posted on 08/09/2008 4:32:36 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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To: umgud

Notice how these democrats with a glib tongue find it so easy to say, “I did not have sex with that woman”. Look at Clinton and Edwards, Now here comes Obama with another smooth tongue.


28 posted on 08/09/2008 4:38:56 PM PDT by tessalu
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To: Diana in Wisconsin
You left out quite a few:

Father Pfleger,
Samantha Powers,
The Muslim outreach one-week-wonder
The VP Vetter dude that got the special mortgage deal from Countrywide...

there's at least 20 more, but my memory fails me. Someone should start an official under-the-bus count.

29 posted on 08/09/2008 4:47:09 PM PDT by cookcounty ("Yes we can't!!!" ---Barack Obama)
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To: stockstrader

Given all of the news coverage, I have to ask.... Who is McCain?

Seriously, it boggles my mind that McCain made it through the primaries.


30 posted on 08/09/2008 4:48:15 PM PDT by Dutch Boy
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To: cubreporter

If John Edwards was a real man and a good father, he would step up, take responsibility for his baby, and give it his name.


31 posted on 08/09/2008 5:03:54 PM PDT by KansasGirl ( b/c Obama is just creepy.)
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To: stockstrader
Let's see, there is Spitzer the Spritzer, the New Blind and Black Governor of New York who had affairs on New York State's tax payers’ backs and the Mayor of Detroit.....and this was just in the last six months.

So wrinkly old McCain wasn't a choir boy last century, big freaking deal. Just like JFK, FDR and Bill blow job Clinton weren't choir boys either. And we all know how the American voters loved those former Presidents.

Also, McCain's second marriage seems rather solid. And the adoption of Bridget, originally from Bangladesh is wonderful.

32 posted on 08/09/2008 5:26:58 PM PDT by Chgogal (Voting "Present" 130 times might be a sign of a smart politician. It is not a sign of a good leader.)
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To: Red Steel

I’m certainly no friend of Obama or Edwards, but other than the damage this does to the democratic party, and to Obama’s ability to see the truth even when it’s hitting him in the face, Edward’s sins belong only to Edwards.

Like all of America, Obama, too, had access to the reports that said that Edwards was cheating. Obama continued to have Edwards on his short list for VP....or so we were told.

This proof of Obama’s naivete suggests that Obama will get smoked by foreign leaders. “He’s really gullible,” Kim Jong Il will whisper to Ahmadinejab.

Obama is unable to rise above partisanship.


33 posted on 08/09/2008 5:29:52 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain -- Those denying the War was Necessary Do NOT Support the Troops!)
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To: Red Steel
"The truth is a lot of ordinary, average Americans have affairs," Mr Wolfson said on Fox News

The truth is, Woofie, that most ordinary, average Americans haven't and also haven't held office in the US Senate and run on the ticket for Vice President of the United States, you duplicitous mouthpiece.

Wow, they really are spinning as hard as they can, aren't they...

34 posted on 08/09/2008 5:30:29 PM PDT by prairiebreeze (Our troops DESERVE BETTER than Barack Hussein Obama!!)
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To: Red Steel

Edwards and Kerry were “buddies”. Edwards feels the same way about OsamaObama. Just post a picture of Edwards kissing Barry. I’m sure there is one out there.


35 posted on 08/09/2008 6:31:12 PM PDT by LiberConservative ("Typical" white guy)
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36 posted on 08/09/2008 6:35:38 PM PDT by Radix (Think it is bad now? Wait until you have to press "2" for English!)
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To: Radix

I wouldn’t call this a kiss. But I would call it a “moment”. Ha ha ha ha!


37 posted on 08/09/2008 6:37:10 PM PDT by LiberConservative ("Typical" white guy)
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To: LiberConservative

I left off my caption.

Maybe I need to work on it. Give me 30 seconds. That is my usual factor.

Well, maybe next time.


38 posted on 08/09/2008 6:40:02 PM PDT by Radix (Think it is bad now? Wait until you have to press "2" for English!)
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To: Red Steel

H E R E I S A PATHETIC CHARACTER AND A PATHETIC THOUGHT ... didn’t Elizabeth go through some type of fertization procedure or injections ... so that she could give Johnny another son ??? Did not this pose a health risk to her given her age ??? Then she developes cancer, terminal I might add !!! And the dirty rotten bum is cheating on her, and lying like the sleazy sack of dung that he is ... pathetic, pathetic. THIS GOES BEYOND CHEATING ... WHAT EVIL LURKS BEHIND HIS GOLDEN BOY FACADE.


39 posted on 08/09/2008 6:43:38 PM PDT by nightmarewhileawake
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To: Red Steel
Why would it hurt Obama? He didn't do it.
Besides, these are DEMOCRATS - this is a resume enhancer for Edwards.
40 posted on 08/09/2008 6:46:44 PM PDT by Little Ray (I'm a Conservative. But I can vote for John McCain. If I have to. I guess.)
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To: Radix
"The rabbit died."


41 posted on 08/09/2008 6:48:33 PM PDT by Lizavetta
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To: KansasGirl

Yes...IF he was a real man.


42 posted on 08/09/2008 7:13:09 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: mrsmel

yep and all those like clintin agreed with him. Sad times huh when the President of the United States is the low caliber of a clintin.


43 posted on 08/09/2008 7:14:41 PM PDT by cubreporter
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To: Red Steel
John Edwards' Love Child?? You decide --



Penetrating Insights into the Obvious
44 posted on 08/09/2008 8:00:47 PM PDT by MichaelAsher54
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To: Red Steel

rielle’s kid has one thing over obama: a birth certificate.


45 posted on 08/09/2008 8:37:58 PM PDT by isom35
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To: shalom aleichem

Did you notice that this was released just as Rush was going off air on Friday? Coincidence...I think not.


46 posted on 08/09/2008 9:30:55 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: Diana in Wisconsin

How many soiled ‘drawses’ do you think she has in her bag?


47 posted on 08/09/2008 9:32:30 PM PDT by Texas Songwriter
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To: Texas Songwriter

“How many soiled ‘drawses’ do you think she has in her bag?”

Enough to get her up to the steps of the White House, at least!

These next few weeks will be delicious... ;)


48 posted on 08/10/2008 6:08:14 AM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (Save The Earth. It's The Only Planet With Chocolate.)
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