Loyal readers of this blog will recall that I spent a fair amount of time (and not a small amount of my cash) promoting John Edwards as the best possible choice for the Democratic presidential nominee. With the benefit of hindsight, that clearly would have been a train wreck. He had an affair and possibly had an out-of-wedlock child. What's more, he ran for president knowing this secret could eventually reach the light of day.
Look, given my longstanding support for Bill Clinton, I'm in no position to be criticizing politicians for their moral failings. People do stupid things in relationships. But the fact that he ran for president assuming that this affair would never surface reflects incredible audacity and irresponsibility. Had he become the nominee, this scandal could have very well cost the Democrats the presidential election and more than a few seats in Congress.