Why Hypocrisy Is The Least Of Mark Sanford's Sins
June 29, 2009
Alan Wolfe is a TNR contributing editor and director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life at Boston College. His latest book is The Future of Liberalism (Knopf, 2009). Charging Mark Sanford and his fellow roaming Republicans with hypocrisy is a story that writes itself. Yes Democrats, the most conspicuous being John Edwards, do these kinds of things too. But Democrats, or so my friends and colleagues tell me, have not made conventional sexual morality their path to power.
John Edwards's Commitment Problems
June 17, 2009
The Washington Post's Alec MacGillis gets on the phone with John Edwards, who says: "The two things I'm on the planet for now are to take care of the people I love and to take care of people who cannot take care of themselves." I'm in no position to assess how he's doing on the first score, but he's failing on the second--at least judging from the rest of MacGillis's article: One week before confirming the affair, he pulled the plug on College for Everyone, a program he started in 2005 at Greene Central High School in Snow Hill, N.C., which paid the first-year college tuition of any graduate
John Edwards's Tangled Web
May 04, 2009
How miserable is it to be John Edwards right now? Elizabeth's new book containing details of her reaction to his affair--she threw up--is about to come out and now federal investigators are combing through his campaign finances to figure out if he used any of that money to pay off his mistress in order to keep her quiet.
The Return Of The Edwards Scandal
February 03, 2009
Just when you thought you'd never have to hear about John Edwards and Rielle Hunter again, word comes that Elizabeth Edwards is publishing another book--this one called Resilience. It will come out in May and will, according to Elizabeth's publicist, address her husband's "affair and how she experienced it." On the one hand, I can see why Edwards would want to tell her side of this story. On the other hand, I'm not sure how her desire to do that--in book-form no less--squares with her impassioned plea for privacy. --Jason Zengerle
John, You're Too Hard On Obama's Speech
January 20, 2009
I want to dissent a bit from John's intelligent critique of Barack Obama's first inaugural. John, you write: Is Obama facing partisan warfare? Is Washington deeply divided? It may become so, but the evidence of the last month does not suggest that this is a critical problem. Huh? The evidence of the last couple of years have suggested this is a terrible problem. I got at this in a recent piece on the House conservatives; they are predisposed to view Obama and Democrats in general -- even the Blue Dogs -- with deep suspicion and animosity. And the feeling goes both ways.
The Imperial Vice Presidency
November 19, 2008
Angler: The Cheney Vice PresidencyBy Barton Gellman (Penguin Press, 384 pp., $27.95) As Americans prepare to choose a new president, it may seem a curious exercise to rehearse the manifest failures of the current one. But either Barack Obama or John McCain is going to be stuck with the burdensome legacy of the Bush years, and the rest of us will be too--possibly for a long time. The war in Iraq is still with us. So are Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan. The Wall Street cataclysm will ramify, locally and globally, for many months, perhaps years.
The Return Of John Edwards
November 12, 2008
In case you missed it, John Edwards crawled out of his hole last night. The Democrat's speech covered politics, poverty and his hopes for America and the world and he later discussed President-elect Obama and other topics from the audience. But the question-and-answer period featured only written queries that had been submitted before his speech. The affair he acknowledged with filmmaker Rielle Hunter wasn't mentioned. After his public statements in August, Edwards said he did not plan to speak about the affair again...
September 10, 2008
On the morning of February 21, David Perel, the editor-in-chief of the National Enquirer, was sitting in his Boca Raton office when he pulled up The New York Times website.
So Where Are Those Enquirer Photos, Anyway?
August 22, 2008
One of the unanswered questions of the National Enquirer-John Edwards sex scandal is that the tabloid never published photos of the now infamous encounter at the Beverly Hilton in the early morning hours of July 22, when a pair of Enquirer reporters and a photographer busted Edwards attempting to sneak out of the hotel. The tabloid ran with the story and on August 6, published a blurry photo of a guy who looks like Edwards holding what the Enquirer alleges is his love child (Edwards denies this).
Obama And Attack Politics
August 20, 2008
As people plead for Obama to "wake up" and hit McCain harder, here's something to keep in mind: After his period of semi-dormancy in the summer and fall of 2007 he never did lay into Hillary all that dramatically in the fall and early winter. He certainly did get tougher on her--in particular by hammering her vote for the Kyl-Lieberman Iran amendment. But as I remember it, it was actually John Edwards who played a crucial role in bringing down Hillary. Edwards was the one who truly started drilling into Clinton's ethics and honesty, and her connection to corrupt Washington-insider politics.