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That ought to be the DNC’s new slogan. It seems to apply to pretty much every candidate they ever put forward. This time, however, it’s the “son of a mill worker” and Obama’s potential Attorney General pick who cheated on his wife while she battled cancer. Nice touch, Silky. (See Update 2, apparently John was counting the days until the her cancer made him an eligible bachelor again)

John Edwards repeatedly lied during his Presidential campaign about an extramarital affair with a novice filmmaker, the former Senator admitted to ABC News today.

In an interview for broadcast tonight on Nightline, Edwards told ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff he did have an affair with 44-year old Rielle Hunter

Not only is this an indictment on the moral character of the Democrats’ choice for VP in 2004, but it’s yet another indictment on the MSM, who refused to touch this story for almost a year. It says a lot when the National Enquirer has more credibility than traditional media. Was it just biased journalism or was there a coverup extending into the MSM?

Sure, Democrats will spin this as nothing more than sex between consenting adults. They don’t have the capacity to understand moral character, so it will be fairly easy to dismiss this as a non-event as they’ve done in the past.

But the questions are mounting. If he lied repeatedly on the campaign trail about this, what else did he do to cover it up? Was Hunter paid to deny the allegations? Did he know about payments made to Hunter? Were campaign funds used? (See Update 3 for more on this question) Is Andrew Young part of a coverup claiming to be the father of the child? If the affair ended as long ago as Edwards claims it did, and he’s not the child’s father… what was he doing secretly meeting with Hunter in a Hollywood hotel until the early morning hours last week?

Finally, I think John Edwards, the 2004 Democrat VP nominee and 2008 Democrat Presidential Candidate sums up why this story is worthy of publicity…

I think every single candidate for president, Republican and Democratic have lives, personal lives, that indicate something about what kind of human being they are. And I think it is a fair evaluation for America to engage in to look at what kind of human beings each of us are, and what kind of president we’d make

Consider the evaluation complete, Silky.

Maybe this is what he meant by “Two Americas“… one for each of his families.

UPDATE: HotAir has a good roundup, including the press as “victims”, fellow Democrats as “victims”… it’s always about the victim mentality for Democrats.

UPDATE 2: Well, isn’t that sweet? In March, 2007, the Edwards campaign announced that Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer had returned and was incurable. A few months later, the New York Post published this interesting question:

WHICH political candidate enjoys visiting New York because he has a girlfriend who lives downtown? The pol tells her he’ll marry her when his current wife is out of the picture.

I guess we now know the answer to “which political candidate”. I’ll let you figure out what he meant by “out of the picture”…

UPDATE 3: About that hush money. Fred Baron, a renowned Texas trial lawyer who evolved into one of the Democratic Party’s key fund-raisers and chairman of Edwards’ 2004 and 2008 finance committee, admitted making payments to Hunter. He claims Edwards didn’t know about the payment. Is he that big of an idiot, or does he think we are?

But the payments raise questions about money paid to Hunter through Edwards’ political action committee.

Edwards and Hunter first met during the winter of 2006 in a New York bar, according to published reports.

Hunter’s film company, Midline Groove Productions, was incorporated in Delaware on June 30, 2006, according to business records.

In a four-month span, Edwards’ political action committee paid $100,000 to Hunter’s newly formed video production company for four Web videos. That was followed by two smaller payments totaling $14,461 from Edwards’ PAC, the last one coming on April 1, 2007.

It was unclear why the campaign stopped contributing to Midline.

And about Andrew Young, the campaign aide who claims to be the father of Edwards’ mistress’s child:

[Hunter] and Andrew Young, who claims to be the father of her baby, worked under Baron during Edwards’ campaign.

Young was described by acquaintances as an unassuming family man from North Carolina who developed a loyalty to Edwards over the years.

Late last year, amid tabloid reports that Edwards had fathered Hunter’s child, Young, 42, suddenly surfaced to issue the statement that the baby was his. He abruptly quit his position with Edwards and, with financial help from Baron, packed up his family and went into hiding.

I don’t think Hollywood could get away with a script this obvious.

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Hillary’s found some more campaign contributions from some highly suspect sources in Chinatown:

Dishwashers, waiters and others whose jobs and dilapidated home addresses seem to make them unpromising targets for political fundraisers are pouring $1,000 and $2,000 contributions into Clinton’s campaign treasury. In April, a single fundraiser in an area long known for its gritty urban poverty yielded a whopping $380,000. When Sen. John F. Kerry (D-Mass.) ran for president in 2004, he received $24,000 from Chinatown.
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The Times examined the cases of more than 150 donors who provided checks to Clinton after fundraising events geared to the Chinese community. One-third of those donors could not be found using property, telephone or business records. Most have not registered to vote, according to public records.

And several dozen were described in financial reports as holding jobs — including dishwasher, server or chef — that would normally make it difficult to donate amounts ranging from $500 to the legal maximum of $2,300 per election.

But then again, she’s a Democrat, so laws are just simply suggestions rather than enforceable codifications of rules, right?

UPDATE:
Blue on blue:

“This morning we all read in L.A. Times that many Clinton campaign contributions are raising eyebrows again. Many of their donors are not even registered to vote, and at least one denied even making any contribution at all,” Edwards Campaign Manager David Bonior said in a statement on Friday.

“Senator Clinton has said public financing is the answer. Senator Edwards has opted to take public financing, but Senator Clinton has not. Senator Clinton should explain why she doesn’t mean what she says…The bottom line is we need a nominee who can do two things: campaign in all 50 states and challenge our broken system in Washington. With every day the growing question has to be can Hillary Clinton do either?”

And John Edwards should know a thing or two about illegally funneled campaign contributions.

UPDATE 2:
And look what the NY Post found:

Hsiao Yen Wang, a cook in Chinatown, is listed as giving Clinton $1,000 on April 13. Contacted yesterday, she told The Post she had written a check.

But it was on behalf of a man named David Guo, president of the Fujian American Cuisine Council, and Wang told The Post that Guo had repaid her for the $1,000 contribution.

Such “straw donations” are strictly prohibited by federal law.

And what was the Clinton campaign’s response to getting busted for violating federal election laws… again?

The Clinton campaign dismissed the L.A. Times story as derogatory to Chinese-Americans.

Typical Clinton-like failure to accept any responsibility whatsoever and instead project they’re own pathetic behavior. I suppose taking advantage of poor foreigners to illegally bundle campaign donations is highly respectful of such folks.

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It’s amazing that the black vote continues to lean so heavily in favor of a party that takes them for granted and thinks so little of them.

Take, for example, John Edwards’ useless pandering comments last week:

The idea that we can keep incarcerating and keep incarcerating — pretty soon we’re not going to have a young African-American male population in America. They’re all going to be in prison or dead. One of the two.”

The message is clear: Vote for Democrats because you’re just not capable of staying out or prison or alive without our help.

And even Barack Obama played the game in July when he said:

“We have more work to do when more young black men languish in prison than attend colleges and universities across America.”

Aside from the blatant racist undertones of the comments, the even more outrageous fact is that they’re complete lies.

Are there really more black men in prison than college? Of course not.

According to 2005 Census Bureau statistics, the male African-American population of the United States aged between 18 and 24 numbered 1,896,000. According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, 106,000 African-Americans in this age group were in federal or state prisons at the end of 2005. See table 10 of this report. If you add the numbers in local jail (measured in mid-2006), you arrive at a grand total of 193,000 incarcerated young Black males, or slightly over 10 percent.

According to the same census data, 530,000 of these African-American males, or twenty eight percent, were enrolled in colleges or universities (including two-year-colleges) in 2005. That is five times the number of young black men in federal and state prisons and two and a half times the total number incarcerated. If you expanded the age group to include African-American males up to thirty or thirty five, the college attendees would still outnumber the prisoners.

But these guys have (D) beside their name, so they’re immune from the race-peddling, outrage caucus.

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It’s funny how Democrats will claim President Bush is trashing the Constitution and trampling civil liberties when they talk about a program to monitor communications with suspected terrorists… then they turn around and not only endorse government monitoring of American citizens, but call for such monitoring to be mandated.

Listen carefully to what John Edwards is proposing:

“I think one of the reasons that young people have these kind of results from cancer is, unlike you Lance, they don’t go to the doctor very often, they don’t ride through their pain. Basically what they do is, they either don’t have healthcare coverage or they don’t believe they need to go to the doctor because they feel healthy, they’re young, they see no reason to go to the doctor.

And the result is, whenever they have some kind of symptom, they put it off and they put it off. They’re much more likely to do that than a 54 year old like me. And the result is, by the time they get to the doctor, they have their diseases advanced to the stage it’s hard to treat.

And that’s why it’s so important … that what we do instead is, as part of the universal healthcare system, we don’t just cover preventative care, we mandate preventative care. In other words, if you’re in this universal healthcare system, you have to go for regular, periodic checkups, you have to be monitored…”

If this doesn’t scare the hell out of you, you’re not paying attention. Democrats want to turn our entire healthcare system into a government-run operation, thereby eliminating our ability to pick and choose our doctors and the level of care we prefer (which I still find ironic as they continue to complain about the level of service received at VA hospitals… which are government-run healthcare facilities). And on top of that, Edwards is proposing that the government mandate monitoring of every citizen to force them to see the doctor if they show symptoms of health issues.

So where are the “defenders of civil liberties” now? Why aren’t they burning effigies of Edwards and claiming that he wants to trash the Constitution? Where are the cries of fascism? Where are the protests and marches to protect our freedom?

The silence is deafening…

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Two Americas
August 17th, 2007 9:29 pm

Remember when John Edwards complained about the “two Americas”?

“You’ve heard me talk about the Two Americas? One for those families who have everything they need, and then one for everybody else. Katrina showed us the Two Americas. Those images of men and women at the Superdome stranded without food, water or hope — simply because they didn’t have a car or the cash to escape. Those images are something we’ll never forget.

They’ve become the face of poverty in America — a symbol of the poor and forgotten families that live in big cities like New Orleans and in small towns and rural America too.”

Well John Edwards certainly hasn’t forgotten about them. In fact, he’s personally invested millions - in the subprime lenders foreclosing on those “faces of poverty”…

Democratic presidential contender John Edwards has investing ties to subprime lenders who are foreclosing on victims of Katrina, according to a report published Friday.

The Wall Street Journal said there are 34 homes in New Orleans that face foreclosure from the subprime unit of Fortress Investment Group. Edwards has about $16 million in Fortress, a hedge fund and private equity manager, the newspaper said.

Two Americas, indeed.

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Elizabeth Edwards on why her husband’s campaign is second tier.

“We can’t make John black, we can’t make him a woman.”

Apparently it’s not from a lack of trying, though.

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Sex ed for kindergarteners

Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., told Planned Parenthood Tuesday that sex education for kindergarteners, as long as it is “age-appropriate,” is “the right thing to do.”

…and government funded death for the younger ones.

Elizabeth Edwards said Tuesday that her husband’s health-care plan would provide insurance coverage of abortion.
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Asked about his proposal for expanded access to health insurance, Obama said it would cover “reproductive-health services.” Contacted afterward, an Obama spokesman said that included abortions.

Well, there you have it. Childcare… democrat style.

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The “Two Americas” collide….

John Edwards plans to announce Monday that he’ll take a break from fund-raising and campaigning in early-voting states next week for a three-day, eight-state, 12-city “Road to One America” tour aimed at calling attention to poverty in the deep South, the Mississippi Delta, Appalachia and the Rust Belt.

What’s next? Michael Moore doing a multistate tour to call attention to anorexia?

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Typical liberal thinking.

Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards says a wave of mergers in the oil industry should be investigated by the Justice Department to see what impact they have had on soaring gasoline prices.

During a campaign stop in Silicon Valley Thursday, Edwards planned to berate the oil industry for “anticompetitive actions” and outline an energy plan he says would reduce oil imports “and get us on a path to be virtually petroleum-free within a generation.”

Because the two dozen state and federal investigations of the oil industry over the past two decades just weren’t enough. One more should do the trick, right?

And just in case the investigations don’t help to reduce the cost of gasoline to five cents a gallon, how about some proposals that will surely drive down costs:

An increase of federal auto fuel economy requirements to 40 miles per gallon from the current 27.5 mpg by 2016.

Nothing like arbitrary government requirements to drive down costs. The good news is gas prices will go down 1/3 of one cent… the bad news is you won’t be able to afford a car to put it in.

Expansion of the use of biofuels such as ethanol, including a requirement for oil companies to make available E-85 fuel (which has 85 percent ethanol) at a quarter of their stations. Edwards wants all new cars to be able to use E-85 by 2010.

And you won’t need that over-priced car to go grocery shopping because you won’t be able to afford corn or corn-based products anymore, either.

Mandatory restrictions on emissions of carbon dioxide with an aim to cut CO2 and other greenhouse gases by 80 percent by mid-century.

More and more restrictions on private industry… that’s a surefire way to keep prices low, right? I mean, surely the manufacturers wouldn’t dare pass on the cost of compliance to the consumers now would they?

Creation of a $13 billion energy fund from the sale of greenhouse gas permits and ending some tax breaks for the oil industry. The money would be used to support biofuels and conservation technologies.

Oh, like the carbon offset project. I wonder what kind of stake Al Gore has in the company selling these permits.

Well as long as Edwards and other Democrat candidates are proposing that government regulations and control will help the economy, let’s keep an eye on other countries that followed this model… like the Soviet Union and…. wait, what?

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Introducing John Edwards, the candidate for the common folks… just ignore the net worth nearly $30 million and the $400 haircuts, he’s still the guy that’s gonna help everyone out of poverty. In fact, he’s so eager to help college kids avoid poverty, he’s willing to come to campus to speak about it… for $55,000.

The candidate charged a whopping $55,000 to speak at to a crowd of 1,787 the taxpayer-funded University of California at Davis on Jan. 9, 2006 last year, Joe Martin, the public relations officer for the campus’ Mondavi Center confirmed Monday.
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The candidate — who was then the head of the Center on Poverty, Work and Opportunity at the University of North Carolina — chose to speak on “Poverty, the great moral issue facing America,” as his $55,000 topic at UC Davis.

But hey, maybe he’s earning some poverty offsets by talking to his housekeepers and hairstylists for free.

OTHERS:
Allah responds to Edwards’ “but-but-but-I’m-not-a-hypocrite” question:

Edwards: “So would it be better if I had done well and now I didn’t care about people who are struggling?”

Allah’s response: “No, it’d be better if you led by example, liquidated 75% of that $40 million nest egg you’re sitting on, and showed us proles how someone committed to redistribution and income equality means business.”

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