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August 8th, 2008
06:41 PM ET

Is John Edwards' political career over?

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Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.(PHOTO CREDIT: AP PHOTO)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

In the end, he was too good to be true. John Edwards rode onto the national stage with a compelling message about poverty, about corporations that prey on the vulnerable. He had a record of standing up for the little guy…and he got very rich doing it.

He was tailor-made for politics – good looking with "aw-shucks" kind of country boy charm. He got to the Senate, onto the ticket as vice president in 2004 and was in the running for the White House himself for a while earlier this year.

Now it's all over. After denying it for months, John Edwards has finally admitted in an interview to be broadcast on ABC's Nightline tonight that he had an extramarital affair with a woman who worked on his campaign.

Watch: Cafferty: Edwards career over?

When the National Enquirer first reported this story in October of 2007, Edwards denied everything, saying "The story is false, it's completely untrue, it's ridiculous."

Interesting the story breaks late on a Friday and the ABC interview will be broadcast the same night the opening ceremonies are running on NBC. None of this is an accident.

Speculation around Edwards had included a possible spot on the Obama ticket as Vice President, or perhaps as attorney general in an Obama administration.

By tomorrow morning, he'll be lucky to get his calls returned by Howard Dean's housekeeper.

Here’s my question to you: Is John Edwards’ political career over?

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August 8th, 2008
05:50 PM ET

Political TV ads: informative or annoying?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

I don't know about you, but I'm tired of them already.

Barack Obama is the biggest celebrity in the world, mocks a John McCain television ad that features Britney Spears and Paris Hilton. Barack Obama can part the Red Sea, mocks a John McCain ad that compares the Democrat to Charlton Heston in The Ten Commandments.

Hillary Clinton says John McCain is well-qualified to be president while Barack Obama gave a speech in 2002. A particularly nasty McCain ad featuring Clinton's own words from the primary campaign. And McCain promised he was going to run an "honorable" campaign.

Here it is only the beginning of August and political television commercials are becoming an infestation. Want to get away from them and watch the Olympics? Forget it. Obama has bought $5 million worth of ads to run in the Olympics and McCain has bought $6 million.

Next come the conventions, and then both sides will get serious. Unfortunately there is no limit on the amount of punishment candidates can inflict on us in this country. Other places have restrictions on the amount of time and money that can be spent campaigning, but not here. When you add in all the commercials that will soon begin to appear for senators and congressmen as well as all the local races and you get the picture. It's going to get ugly out there.

Here’s my question to you: Are political TV ads informative or annoying?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

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August 8th, 2008
04:26 PM ET

Right time for Obama family vacation?

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The Obama family about to board their flight to Hawaii from Chicago. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Barack Obama is finally going to take a week off. After 19 months on the campaign trail, Obama and his family are off to Hawaii for a week to visit his grandmother and relax. Obama's vacation coincides with the first week of the Olympics – which many expect be a lull in the presidential race.

Nonetheless, Obama's vacation comes at a time when some Democrats are nervous. Many thought he'd have a much larger lead in the polls over John McCain by this point. And there's always a risk that the wrong photograph could become political ammunition against him. Remember those pictures of John Kerry windsurfing back in 2004?

Obama admits that as a candidate you always worry about taking time off during a campaign. But he says it's time for a break. He says he hasn't seen his grandmother in almost two years, and wants to spend time with his daughters and wife.

The Financial Times reports that Democrats say Obama needs to accomplish the following when he gets back to work: put on a good event to name his V.P. choice and deliver an exceptional speech at the convention. By the way, his acceptance speech at Invesco Field in Denver sold out in one day – the stadium holds 75,000.

Some think Obama should be punching back harder against McCain's attacks. New York Senator Chuck Schumer suggests Obama should respond to McCain's personal attacks in kind. But it's worth remembering that Obama ran the same kind of positive campaign in the face of attacks from Hillary Clinton that he's running against McCain – and he came out just fine.

Here’s my question to you: Is this the right time for Barack Obama to take a vacation?

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