Skip to comments.John Edwards affair: how much will it hurt Obama?
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
"The Edwards family indicated that they probably wouldn't be attending the convention," Senator Obama said.
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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.
Edwards is the guilty party and McCain pays for it. Ok, got it. /bs
How can the Dems even get their bus out of the garage with all the bodies piling up underneath? LOL!
Obama’s “Typical White Bigot” Grandma
Silky Pony Edwards
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.
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.
We will save a speaking slot for serial adulterer Bill Clinton, however........
I can’t see how this could hurt Obama in any way, shape, or form. Don’t expect any fallout from this for Obama.
Is this a list of the Tuesday night speakers at the upcoming convention in Denver?
P.S. What do Obama and Osama have in common?
They both have friends who bombed the Pentagon.
I think it helps Obama. Now he can go to Edward donors and say “see I told you so” and ask for their money.
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?????
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.........
(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.
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!
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?
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.
I can’t wait for the Clinton campaign e-mails to surface. Some are from Wolfson describing The One. Rush says they are dynamite.
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.
why did the democrat party wait so long to air this?
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