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Is John Edwards' Fall a Tragedy?
Townhall.com ^ | June 7, 2011 | Mona Charen

Posted on 06/07/2011 4:17:09 AM PDT by Kaslin

The Washington Post has issued a post-mortem on the career of John Edwards ("American Dream is Irrevocably Undone") and finds tragedy and pathos. "The man born Johnny Reid Edwards had it. Great gobs of potential." He might have been, the Post laments, "a great husband, could have been an enduring statesman ... president."

But fate intervened. With his indictment on misuse of campaign funds last week, "America witnessed the latest distasteful episode in ... (the) fall from grace of a political comet."

Grace, as any unblinkered observer could detect, is not a word that ever belonged in the same sentence with John Edwards. But from the beginning of his political career, liberal enthusiasts gushed about his talents. He was, People magazine pronounced, America's "sexiest politician." Nicholas Lemann of The New Yorker called him "the next Bill Clinton" -- without irony. Katie Couric was impressed by more than his looks: "He was the first to raise issues like poverty, universal health care and climate change," she said. "He bucked the conventional wisdom and took political risks, speaking honestly about why he wanted to raise taxes, for example." Ah, yes, bucking the conventional wisdom by talking about universal health care and climate change.

The Washington Post doubtless speaks for Couric and her crowd when it sees in Edwards' fall "the spiral of the Great Man."

In fact, John Edwards, Mr. For the Little Guy, who, in his own words, "represent(ed) people who were in very difficult places in their lives and tr(ied) to give them a shot," made his fortune as an ambulance chaser. No one who examined his career as a fortune-hunting, slick, and unscrupulous trial lawyer should find any inconsistency in his later incarnation as a manipulative, mendacious, and morally bankrupt politician.

As a trial lawyer, Edwards specialized in suing obstetricians after the birth of babies with cerebral palsy. Employing junk science and theatrical courtroom oratory, he convinced juries that the doctors' failure to perform Caesarean sections soon enough caused the disorder. The Edwards technique included speaking for the unborn child. In his summation at one such trial, an emotional Edwards told the jury: "She speaks to you through me. And I have to tell you right now -- I didn't plan to talk about this -- right now, I feel her. I feel her presence. She's inside me, and she's talking to you."

The jury came back with a $6.5 million verdict in that case. It was one of 60 such cases Edwards handled during his career -- half of the verdicts were for more than $1 million. Trial lawyers usually pocket between 30 and 40 percent of jury awards. And though Edwards claimed that he was proud of his career, and that he gave "little guys" a shot, The New York Times quoted a fellow trial lawyer: "He took only those cases that were catastrophic, that would really capture a jury's imagination. He paints himself as a person who was serving the interests of the downtrodden, the widows and the little children. Actually, he was after the cases with the highest verdict potential."

It never troubled Edwards' sleep that studies have shown no connection between delivery-room decisions and cerebral palsy. A 1989 report from the Institute of Medicine argued that obstetricians were being falsely blamed. Lawsuits like those Edwards filed led to the widespread use of fetal monitors during hospital deliveries. The result has been a surge in the number of Caesarean deliveries, many of them unnecessary. This, in turn, has contributed to complications like infection, blood clots, longer recovery times, and more maternal deaths, to say nothing of the increased medical costs.

And here's a bitter postscript: Despite the increased use of fetal monitors and the much readier resort to C-sections, the incidence of cerebral palsy in the population has remained unchanged. In fact, a study in Sweden suggests C-sections may increase the incidence of cerebral palsy.

Additionally, thanks to Edwards and his colleagues, medical malpractice insurance rates for obstetricians have skyrocketed, leading many doctors to abandon the field. It is poor women, not the rich who can travel more easily, who suffer most from doctor shortages.

Mr. For The Little Guy adamantly opposed legislation that would have capped damage awards and set up a fund for the 99 percent of brain-damaged children who did not win big verdicts. There were "two Americas" all right -- those whose misfortune Edwards could profitably exploit, and the rest.

Between the 2004 and 2008 campaigns, Mr. FTLG joined Fortress Investment Group, a hedge fund. While acknowledging that making money was "a good thing, too," Edwards stressed that he was primarily motivated by a desire to learn more about financial markets and their relationship to poverty. Where, oh where, was the press's gag meter?

Edwards seduced a cooperative press corps with ostentatious displays of affection for his stricken wife -- "the love of my life" -- including annual visits to the Wendy's where the couple supposedly passed their first anniversary.

Fall of a great man? How far can a worm fall?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial
KEYWORDS: breckgirl; edwards; johnedwards; silkypony

1 posted on 06/07/2011 4:17:10 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

In the mold of Charlie Manson!!

Coulda, shoulda, woulda.


2 posted on 06/07/2011 4:20:24 AM PDT by sodpoodle (Is it 2012 yet?)
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To: Kaslin

Not as far as I am concerned. Or, to put it another way, not for me.


3 posted on 06/07/2011 4:21:38 AM PDT by sport
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To: Kaslin
He might have been, the Post laments, "a great husband, could have been an enduring statesman ... president."

Only the Com-Post would be naive enough not to have recognized Edwards as a snake-oil salesman the day he stepped into the public spotlight. Great husband? Enduring statesman? President? He was a sleazy malpractice lawyer who played on juries sympathies to win large settlements on grounds not based in medical science, and parlayed that money into a US Senate seat. What would anyone expect from someone with such a background, that he would suddenly grow morals and a conscience?

4 posted on 06/07/2011 4:21:51 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Kaslin
No one who examined his career as a fortune-hunting, slick, and unscrupulous trial lawyer should find any inconsistency in his later incarnation as a manipulative, mendacious, and morally bankrupt politician.

Such investigation is beyond the skill of any Washington Post reporter.

5 posted on 06/07/2011 4:23:52 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: Kaslin
Katie Couric was impressed by more than his looks: "He was the first to raise issues like poverty, universal health care and climate change," she said.

You see, she was once molested by Karl Marx.

6 posted on 06/07/2011 4:24:09 AM PDT by Mr Ramsbotham (Laws against sodomy are honored in the breech.)
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To: Kaslin
Nicholas Lemann of The New Yorker called him "the next Bill Clinton" -- without irony.

Damning with faint praise! Or consigning to damnation...

7 posted on 06/07/2011 4:25:14 AM PDT by Rummyfan (Iraq: it's not about Iraq anymore, it's about the USA!)
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To: sport

I agree


8 posted on 06/07/2011 4:27:30 AM PDT by Kaslin (Acronym for OBAMA: One Big Ass Mistake America)
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To: Kaslin
For low life's that want an attorney to sue over a fake fall at Wall-mart it is one hell of a tragedy.
To the rest of us it is funny as hell. I am going to invest in soap-on-a-rope. . . . . .
9 posted on 06/07/2011 4:28:51 AM PDT by DeaconRed (Everything I need to know in life, I learned in Kindergarten. . . .)
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To: Rummyfan

Predictable and not unexpected,but certainly not a tragedy.
(Unless you happen to be one of his children.)


10 posted on 06/07/2011 4:30:32 AM PDT by Farmer Dean (stop worrying about what they want to do to you,start thinking about what you want to do to them)
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To: Kaslin

Fall?

Fall?

More like a Swan dive, or maybe a triple back gainer, or maybe a “Hold my beer, Bubba, and watch THIS!”

The idiot DOVE into the “mosh pit” and in the end, learned that the floor was concrete.


11 posted on 06/07/2011 4:31:31 AM PDT by BwanaNdege ("Experience is the best teacher, but if you can accept it 2nd hand, the tuition is less." M Rosen)
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To: Kaslin

tragedy?...ONLY IF YOUR A LIBTARD.


12 posted on 06/07/2011 4:32:40 AM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: Rummyfan

Well, Mona, if politicians such as John Edwards turn your stomach, why do you continually throw a pol like Sarah Palin under the bus? ‘Cause in the end she’s not a slow-speaking, slow-thinking, boring, extremely homely Ivy League mandarin like you.


13 posted on 06/07/2011 4:35:51 AM PDT by miss marmelstein (FR haters of Sarah Palin are wearing me out)
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To: Kaslin

A tragedy is when your 2 year old kid runs out on to the street and is killed by a car. A suicide is when you run out on to the street and get hit by a car.


14 posted on 06/07/2011 4:36:49 AM PDT by BobL (PLEASE READ: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2657811/posts))
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To: Kaslin

No. What should happen to a sleazy person like Edwards.


15 posted on 06/07/2011 4:44:28 AM PDT by mulligan
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To: BobL

He’ll be missed (NOT)


16 posted on 06/07/2011 4:49:47 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (Eh ?)
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To: Kaslin

It’s a tragedy only for his children.


17 posted on 06/07/2011 4:51:07 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Kaslin

In a literary sense, it is the classic tragedy


18 posted on 06/07/2011 4:54:00 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Kaslin

The press built him up and now they’re in the process of tearing him down. He was never what they said he was when they were singing his praises and therefore the “fall from grace” rings totally hollow. But whatever.


19 posted on 06/07/2011 4:58:03 AM PDT by 2 Kool 2 Be 4-Gotten (Welcome to the USA - where every day is Backwards Day!)
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To: Kaslin
John Edwards awarded 'Father of the Year'
Democrat received honor about 8 months before alleged love child born

Where was John Edwards around the time his alleged "love child" Frances Quinn Hunter was conceived?

The senator was in New York – receiving his Father of the Year Award.

Edwards accepted his June 27, 2007, honor from the Father's Day/Mother's Day Council exactly eight months before the child was born Feb. 27, 2008, according to a birth certificate obtained by the Charlotte Observer.

Before beginning his Father of the Year acceptance speech, Edwards told an adoring crowd, "I hate to admit it, but I am not the best parent in my family. ..."

VIDEO at site!
http://www.worldnetdaily.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=71460

Or, from the Edwards camp itself...

From JohnEdwards.com:
John Edwards receives the Father of the Year Award in New York, N.Y. on June 7, 2007.
http://www.johnedwards.com/media/video/father-of-the-year/

20 posted on 06/07/2011 4:58:47 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Kaslin
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"I Feel Pretty - John Edwards, Sung by Mrs. Julie [Andrews] Edwards"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7kCAFkfFLQQ
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21 posted on 06/07/2011 4:59:15 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: Kaslin
But fate intervened.

It wasn't fate, it was his own actions.

22 posted on 06/07/2011 4:59:45 AM PDT by SeaHawkFan
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To: Kaslin

So when is his “Baby Momma” going to pay taxes on the hush money she received?


23 posted on 06/07/2011 5:14:16 AM PDT by csmusaret (Sarah says "Drill baby drill." Obama says "Drill in Brazil.")
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To: Kaslin

But fate intervened?

No, Edwards intervened all by himself.


24 posted on 06/07/2011 5:23:57 AM PDT by Explorer89 (And now, let the wild rumpus start!!)
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To: Kaslin
only for the mainstream press

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25 posted on 06/07/2011 5:25:43 AM PDT by Elle Bee
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To: Kaslin
Is John Edwards' Fall a Tragedy?

How can it be a "Fall" when he was gutter slime to begin with?

26 posted on 06/07/2011 5:29:32 AM PDT by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: Kaslin

GimmegimmegimmegimmegimmeIpretendtocaresoIcangetmoneygimmegimmegimmegimmegimme


27 posted on 06/07/2011 6:55:00 AM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Kaslin

Among of whole population of lying, dishonorable, huckstering, lib pols, Edwards stands out, like a pus-filled sore, among them. He was a lying (”two americas), thieving (his ambulance-chasing fortune), creep (cheating on his wife) who might have been the Dem nominee for prez... certainly if Kerry had gotten elected. Good riddance to him and scum like him.


28 posted on 06/07/2011 8:24:37 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: Kaslin; All
We all have God given potential. It is up to us to make the best of our particular gifts. Some seemingly get the short end of the stick. The problem is today, God is not part of the thinking of many individuals and thus there are ‘no right and wrong ideas’. Only those that bring success or big monies.

God forgive us for our indifference to thee. Have mercy on us and turn us back to thee, restore our faith in the people of this nation in Jesus name amen.

29 posted on 06/07/2011 8:35:05 AM PDT by geologist (The only answer to the troubles of this life is Jesus. A decision we all must make.)
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