John Edwards, ambulance chaser. Re-chaser?

Bless his heart:

Former Sen. John Edwards came within a few electoral votes of being vice president of the United States. But now, after a loss in the 2004 election, a brief run in 2008 ended by spectacular adultery and love-child scandal, a hung jury in a multiple-felony campaign-finance case, and the death of wife Elizabeth, Edwards has returned to the occupation in which he first made his name: the practice of personal injury law.

Which is, I suppose, a nicer thing to say than my first thought, which was As a dog returneth to its vomit… 

Via The Daily Caller.

Moe Lane

Cancel the Apocalypse, folks.

The John Edwards sex tape will be destroyed, unviewed.  Three thoughts:

  • Thank God.
  • No, really, THANK. GOD. (That link is perfectly safe.  Well, it’s perfectly safe by comparison.  It’s to one of Penny Arcade’s best comics, which sums up this situation perfectly, if by accident).
  • It would be vicious and mean of me to point out that, by and large, Republicans tend to nominate candidates for President and Vice President who do not have sex tapes.]


By and large, Republicans tend to nominate candidates for President and Vice President who do not have sex tapes.

Via Ace of Spades HQ.

Moe Lane

No, NYT: Tim Pawlenty is *not* much like John Edwards.

I think that the Old Grey Lady may be a touch worried about the way that former governor Tim Pawlenty is handling his awkward past support of job-killing cap-and-trade schemes:

…Mr. Pawlenty looked right at the camera after the radio ad played, apologized to the American people, and said he had made a “mistake.”

“I’ve said I was wrong. It was a mistake, and I’m sorry,” Mr. Pawlenty told the Fox television audience, presumably filled with potential Republican primary voters. “You’re going to have a few clunkers in your record, and we all do, and that’s one of mine. I just admit it. I don’t try to duck it, bob it, weave it, try to explain it away. I’m just telling you, I made a mistake.”

…particularly since Pawlenty also didn’t take the opportunity to deflect the issue by slamming other Republicans, past and present*.  That’s not exactly what you’d call welcome news for some; which no doubt has nothing to do with the fact that the NYT attempted to compare this behavior with… wait for it, wait for it… John Edwards: Continue reading No, NYT: Tim Pawlenty is *not* much like John Edwards.

#rsrh John Edwards got off lucky.

Seriously, simply being written out of Elizabeth Edwards’ will was the soft option for John Edwards: I’m pretty sure that if she had directed that her husband be bequeathed a savage beating by four men with sticks it’d be even money that the courts would have ordered that the will be upheld.  I mean: dude.  The woman was dying of cancer.  Yes, she hated my kind – but the woman was dying of cancer.  You do not cheat on your spouse or partner when he or she is dying of cancer.  It’s a rule.

A How Not To Be A Scumbag rule.

Via Hot Air Headlines.

Moe Lane

Senator Hagan suddenly not looking to replace George Holding after all.

Sunlight.  Disinfectant. Not that I am suggesting anything, of course.

You may remember from Sunday about how the Democrats were quietly planning to remove a somewhat… inconvenient… US Attorney from his position before he was through investigating a former North Carolina Democratic governor. Now, via Geraghty, via Kaus, we find out that nothing of the sort is going to happen.


U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan said today that the U.S. Attorney in Raleigh, George Holding, should stay on the job as top federal prosecutor until investigations of former Sen. John Edwards and former Gov. Mike Easley are completed.

Hagan said she has consulted with the White House on the process for replacing Holding — the decision on a replacement is ultimately up to President Barack Obama — and said it will go much slower.

“I don’t feel it’s in North Carolina’s best interest to replace someone who is investigating these two very high profile people,” said Hagan, a Democrat who plays a key role in the process because any replacement requires Senate confirmation. “I just think that with investigations going on, he ought to have the opportunity to complete the investigations.”

Well, I don’t know about you, but I’m happy to hear that neither the President nor Senator Hagan had any intention of shutting down a corruption investigation for crass political reasons. That’s such a relief, really.  And I’m sure that the fact that this was announced mere days after the rather pointed article in the local paper that brought this up got national attention had nothing to do with the switch in focus.  Of course not.  Complete coincidence.  Although I am curious: why did this Locke Clifford fellow leave the Governor’s replacement screening panel Tuesday? And why was he at former governor Easley’s house on the same day?

Golf game, perhaps?

Moe Lane

Crossposted to RedState.

The Great Edwards Cabal: Seven Days in January*!

Because, really, by May everybody figured that Edwards was done.

How so very… dramatic:

Edwards Staff Had Affair ‘Doomsday’ Strategy

…Up until December of 2007, most on Edwards’ staff didn’t believe rumors about the affair.

But by late December, early January of last year, several people in his inner circle began to think the rumors were true.

Several of them had gotten together and devised a “doomsday” strategy of sorts.

Basically, if it looked like Edwards was going to win the Democratic Party nomination, they were going to sabotage his campaign, several former Edwards’ staffers have told me.

See also The Daily Beast. I don’t know what’s funnier: that they had a ‘doomsday strategy’, or that there was actually anybody left by January 2008 that honestly thought that Edwards had a shot at winning the Democratic nomination.  Besides, why go through anything convoluted?  If they really wanted to torpedo their candidate thoroughly, all they had to do was rehire Amanda Marcotte.

Moe Lane

*Classical reference. The book wasn’t bad, either.

Crossposted to RedState.