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