FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
John Edwards is the latest in a long line of politicians who cheated on their wives – and without exception, they all thought they could get away with it.
Edwards' behavior is particularly offensive for a couple of reasons. His wife has incurable cancer. And when Bill Clinton got caught with Monica Lewinsky, Mr. Edwards couldn't wait, saying Clinton "has shown a remarkable disrespect for his office, for the moral dimensions of leadership, for his friends, his wife and his daughter." Edwards is the consummate phony.
Mike Lupica writes in the New York Daily News that there should be some official condition to describe guys like Edwards:
"Call it political bipolar disorder, afflicting those who think they can rule the world, set the moral compass for everybody else and can't keep their own zippers in place. It's not just Elizabeth Edwards who deserves better. We all do."
Watch: Cafferty: Infidelity matter?
Edwards insisted last week the affair has been over since 2006 – but the National Enquirer says he spent half the night in a hotel with Rielle Hunter as recently as a few weeks ago. The child at the center of this story has no father listed on his birth certificate, and his mother refuses to do a paternity test to see if Edwards is his father. She's definitely mother of the year material. The sex won't ruin his career, the hypocrisy will.
A recent survey by Ladies' Home Journal found that 35% of American women say their opinion on the happiness of a presidential candidate's marriage will impact their vote.
Here’s my question to you: How much does it matter to you if a politician cheats on his wife?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Jerry from Fort Lauderdale writes:
I lost a wife to breast cancer and still would trade places to get her back. I think that John Edwards is beyond description, a low-life to the nth degree. He 'coincidentally' made this admission the opening night of the Olympics to suppress this incident even more. He says that "God has forgiven him”. Not too fast Mr. Slick...I don't believe even a weasel attorney like you can get off so easily.
Steve from Arizona writes:
A politician's possible extramarital affairs should be his or her own private concerns. It is none of our business unless there is something illegal taking place. We will never know all the details of what took place and should reserve passing judgment.
Jim from British Columbia writes:
It seems that it does not matter. Otherwise John McCain would not be a sitting senator and a presidential candidate.
Yes, it matters. If he cheats on his wife, he might cheat on all of us.
Here we go again. If Mr. Edwards’ family was previously aware of the "hot topic", then who's selling what? Shame on the news media: sensationalism, sensationalism, sensationalism. Don't we have bigger issues to deal with other than peeking into someone's personal life?
It’s not so much the cheating within a marriage, but the lying about it to the public once it’s out that makes me distrust a politician. It’s a violation of trust in a person who is supposed to be representing me, my values, and conscience.
Brian from Hollywood, Florida writes:
I don't care who they sleep with. I just want someone who knows how to run this country.
I think integrity matters, whether it is related to sex or sniper fire. An honest politician is hard to find.