Politics Daily #10 – The John Edwards Trial: Trying the Conscience-Free Criminal

New testimonies emerging from the John Edwards trial reveal that he had a remarkable display of not showing any remorse for what he did, having fathered a child with a mistress and using his donors’ contribution to his presidential campaign to help raise the child.

Read an in-depth report, including highlights of key testimonies from previous Edwards staffers Christina Reynolds and Josh Brumberger, on the Huffpost here.

There were two highlights from the testimonies, the first was John Edwards’ blatant disregard when confronted by Elizabeth Edwards, hysterical from her rage, even as she bared her chest in front of him and other staffers.  Reynolds said that Edwards “didn’t have much of a reaction.”

What kind of person does that? Even if he has lost all love for his wife, shouldn’t he, as a politician, at least try to comfort her? Can he possibly be viewed in a positive light by his staffers, or anyone else for that matter, for standing idly by while his wife is confronting him with affair allegations? Behaviours like these come from a man who is drunk on power and is devoid of all of his moral conscience.

The other highlight is the claim made by Brumberger that Edwards tried basically every trick in the bag to keep his mistress close to him and to give her the best care possible, including providing her with health insurance paid by the PAC that she works for.  It was also evident that Hunter, the mistress, was incompetent as a film maker, or even a camera-woman.  So it was somewhat shocking to see Edwards completely lose his temper when he confronted Brumberger after Brumberger had discussed Edwards’ affair with other staffers.

It would be somewhat comforting to know, for example, that Edwards fell under some kind of spell by Rielle Hunter that caused him to throw his political career away and face possible jail time, but that wasn’t the case.  I used to like John Edwards; he was a charismatic politician who was adept at connecting with the working class (other than the $600 haircut issue), and it makes me sick to know that he is such an amoral creature.

Author: dky1

A graduated (but still caffeinated) student. I write mostly politics and movie reviews in the Third Cup blog, and some fiction, short stories, and gaming journal on the Loner's Diaries blog.

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