THE PUBLIC flogging of John Edwards is at long last over and A.G. Eric Holder’s embarrassing waste of millions of dollars on a trial that should never have been conducted deserves to be emblazoned on his resume. The pathological insanity of putting Mr. Edwards on a spit reached a fitting end.
The Justice Department said Wednesday it would not retry Mr. Edwards on the five charges of campaign finance fraud on which a North Carolina jury could not reach a verdict after a six-week trial that ended this month. The jury acquitted him on a sixth. – No New Trial for John Edwards
I assume Edwards will be forced to live outside politics now, no redeemable option available, because Democratic self-loathing won’t allow for his battle against poverty to rise at a time when it’s needed, with Republican self-righteousness sure to bludgeon him on all sides if he tries. But there is no one on the political landscape that has spoken to this issue since John Edwards’ disgrace.
Perhaps he will work once again to make the case for helping the poor in concrete ways. Start his own Super PAC to aggressively hit Democrats and Republicans on their Wall Street ways in an election season where the poor are never once mentioned.
The next spectacle due up in the Edwards soap opera is Rielle Hunter’s media tour for her book “What Really Happened: John Edwards, Our Daughter, and Me.” How is it that she doesn’t have her own reality TV show by now?
It’s also fitting to remember that it was the National Enquirer who got this story right from the start.