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The Edwards statement: "I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic."

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In 2006, I made a serious error in judgment and conducted myself in a way that was disloyal to my family and to my core beliefs. I recognized my mistake and I told my wife that I had a liaison with another woman, and I asked for her forgiveness. Although I was honest in every painful detail with my family, I did not tell the public. When a supermarket tabloid told a version of the story, I used the fact that the story contained many falsities to deny it. But being 99% honest is no longer enough.

I was and am ashamed of my conduct and choices, and I had hoped that it would never become public.

With my family, I took responsibility for my actions in 2006 and today I take full responsibility publicly. But that misconduct took place for a short period in 2006. It ended then. I am and have been willing to take any test necessary to establish the fact that I am not the father of any baby, and I am truly hopeful that a test will be done so this fact can be definitively established. I only know that the apparent father has said publicly that he is the father of the baby. I also have not been engaged in any activity of any description that requested, agreed to or supported payments of any kind to the woman or to the apparent father of the baby.

It is inadequate to say to the people who believed in me that I am sorry, as it is inadequate to say to the people who love me that I am sorry. In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic. If you want to beat me up - feel free. You cannot beat me up more than I have already beaten up myself. I have been stripped bare and will now work
with everything I have to help my family and others who need my help.

I have given a complete interview on this matter and having done so, will have nothing more to say.

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Why is it that today in America every aspect of a public candidate's life is 'fair game'--and that ONE aspect of that life seems to trump all others?
Edwards' platform was embraced to the benefit of Hillary and Barack. In that regard he is the moral giant of the 3.
McSame is not even in the same ballpark--ethics wise.

McCain isn't even in the same ballpark ethics wise?

A guy who refused to be released from a North Vietnamese prison camp due to his father's rank isn't in the same ballpark as a guy that had an affair while his wife battled cancer, and then lied about it repeatedly.

You, my pathetic little friend, are high.

I'M NOT GOING TO INTERJECT MY FEELINGS IN THIS
SITUATION BECAUSE THE MAN HAS A WIFE WITH A VERY
SERIOUS ILLNESS, LIKE THEY SAID THEY WANT TO
KEEP THIS A PRIVATE MATTER BETWEEN THEMSELVES, SO
LET'S TRY TO RESPECT THEIR FEELINGS!

No, James, not stoned. But news like this makes me wonder how I could be.
McSame---bombed civilians from on high. Where's the ethics in that? (And don't say it was his job---even Nazis didn't get to use the excuse they were following orders.
McSame--crashes 4 jets--people got courtmartialed for ONE such crash. Must be nice to have a war monger daddy too. Where's the ethics in THAT.
McSame divorced his sick wife, after (wait for it) having an affair) dallying with a woman half his age.
The fact that the Edwards chose to stay together should be NO BIG DEAL to anyone but the Edwards.
I'm not little. And I ain't your friend. I might be someday, if you get over your adoration for all things military.

A family RARELY survives the death of a child. The divorce rate is staggering. Can't they just leave Edwards alone? Guess not.
Here's what they coulda covered, courtesy of Bill Moyers and his blog:

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/blog/2008/08/bill_moyers
_asks_what_should_t.html
He has a solutions section, for those of us wanting an energy that doesn't involve KILLING PEOPLE TO GET 'OUR OIL' FROM UNDER THEIR SOIL:

Step 1: Embrace the solutions Al Gore explained in the speech 3 weeks ago that the media is IGNORING so they can beat up on Bill Clinton some more and go after the 'sexgate' of the Edwards' marriage.
Step 2. Nationalize the oil companies. All that malfeasance. Seize all their assets. Give a fair pay out to stockholders. Put the managers in jail.
Step 3. Build mass transit.
and national health care simultaneously. All prior dets forgiven. No 'pre=existing conditions' --that phrase doesn't belong in a country that takes care of its citizens.
Step 4. All national news media holdings are sold locally in this manner: a 3 way ownership plan---empoloyee stock option, union, and a 10% cap on profits by a private financier. Mandatory local citizen editorial review board--particulalry helpful for airwave licensees.

Go back to being an "ambulance chaser" in North Carolina. Talk about a hypocrite phony. Just go away.

You know what? Edwards is not the Democratic candidate for President. Obama is. That being said, I want those who have never sinned to cast the first stone. You hypocrites! You judge great men by their human failures. You are blind and determined to undermine anyone who works to better this world. You want to talk about Christian values? Consider this. You undermine Christian values everytime you take God's right to judge into your own hands. Bill Clinton was one of the BEST Presidents we ever had. He worked for the common man. But you tried to destroy him for human failings that are common to all men and all political parties. We are all sinners including you! But you should be ashamed.

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