This is my fourth diary about the ongoing, developing story of the John Edwards primary affair / cover-up scandal. One thing that's come up time and again with some people is the idea that there's no solid evidence of a scandal. As Kos member berryberry pointed out in a comment in my last diary, there's quite a bit of evidence but it's mainly circumstantial.
For die hard Edwards apologists, however, that's not enough - they continue to claim stridently that there's nothing to see here.
Thankfully, we have one piece of irrefutable proof that shows any journalist or reasonable person that there is something to this story that bears further investigation.
"Dissent Is Not Disloyalty" has been a popular slogan to quickly explain to people who progressives can hate the war but love the country. I'm reminded of that slogan as I think about the reactions I've gotten to my writing about the John Edwards scandal.
As a long standing member of the DKos community, this hasn't been a fun subject for me to write about. I realized when I wrote my initial story - also cross posted on the Huffington Post - that I was ahead of the curve on the story. I'd reached some conclusions that few other progressives seemed to have reached at the time. I could tell, however, that in the fullness of time the facts would bear out my conclusions so I took a deep breath and wrote as carefully and honestly as I could.
So, a few quick notes for the Kos community to consider...but if you want to get up to speed on the all accusations and see the supporting materials, the best place I've seen everything laid out so far is on the gossipy blog Deceiver. I wish it were Talking Points Memo or Raw Story but nope; Deceiver is all over it. The writing is snarky but the links and information are all there so when you're done here, go click and read. There's also a good summary by the editor of Wonkette published today.
UPDATE: I'm done posting comments on this thread. I'm planning another post dealing with some of the issues here.
Before I dive in, let me get the 'objectivity' thing out of the way. As a citizen journalist whose main claim to fame is producing satirical comedy, I can be upfront about my political leanings. I'm a recovering libertarian and currently I'm a registered Democrat who is excited to be voting for Barack Obama in November. I like John Edwards and up until a few days ago, he would have been my first choice for Vice President on an Obama ticket. I'm far from Puritan - anything two or more consenting adults want to do is fine by me. I also think it's obvious a person's sexual life doesn't keeps them from being an effective politician.
I'm judging this situation using two standards; 1) what's the truth? 2) how's it going to play out in the media?
What better way to fight the right than with entertaining satire? This humorous little video is something I created in order to parody John McCain's new campaign ad called "Love". Gosh, that John McCain sure does talk about the 1960s quite a bit and his ad (which I've included after the jump) is exhibit A! So, I made my video like that but with a couple of comedic twists of my own. It's a video diary -- call it a Vidiary, if you will.
John McCain's economic adviser Phil Gramm has shown the same sort of misguided judgment as we've seen from the Bush administration for the last eight. In this humorous piece I've produced, I ironically compare Gramm and McCain to late night self help hucksters. Please enjoy this piece of satire but also make sure to take real action against this sort of rhetoric. Every comment you leave on my YouTube page helps fight the GOP hate lie machine.
Barack Obama : is he opposed to war (as he was in 2007) or against the war (as he says he is now) or ending the war (as he will be in 2009). For someone is supposed to be able to talk good, he sure seems to be prone to editing.
HOLLAND, MICHIGAN -- Speaking to a packed auditorium presumptive Democratic Party nominee Barack Obama announced that he intends to nominate Illinois Senator Barack Obama as his Vice-Presidential running mate. Candidate Obama praised Senator Obama's judgment, energy and commitment to change in announcing what he called 'the dream ticket that's such you a dream that you keep hitting the snooze button just to keep on dreaming it.'
Hey- ever wonder who the hell would vote for some of these people that run for political office? Take Bush, for example. In 2000 I wasn't worried at all. "Nobody could possibly vote for this moron" ...
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