November 12th, 2008
04:05 PM ET

Can Edwards make a comeback?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The three dollar bill with the $400 haircuts is back. Former Senator, Vice Presidential candidate, Presidential candidate and adulterer John Edwards gave a speech at Indiana University yesterday. He was paid 35-thousand dollars for the appearance. He talked about Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, politics...everything except his adulterous affair with campaign filmmaker Rielle Hunter.

Afterwards there was a question and answer session. But no press and the questions he agreed to answer were submitted in advance...that way he could avoid anything that made him uncomfortable. Edwards is very careful...except when he's sneaking in and out of hotel rooms in the middle of the night to meet his mistress while his wife is home suffering from breast cancer. The National Enquirer caught him red-handed.

Edwards is expected to follow up last night's speech with a public appearance today in San Francisco and an upcoming debate with Republican Strategist Karl Rove at the American Bankers Association.

Why Indiana University would even want Edwards on their campus is another question.

Here’s my question to you: Can John Edwards make a comeback?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Anne from Seattle, Washington writes:
Apparently he's made a comeback with his wife and family where forgiveness is appropriate. Coming back politically is another thing. It's not a matter of forgiveness; it's a matter of trust. I feel that when the majority of Americans look at him now, they see someone who acted without integrity, lied and tried to dupe both his fellow Democratic candidates and American voters. The man has every right to clean up his act and move on but not to expect trust from voters.

Ken from North Carolina writes:
I live here in North Carolina and he was my Senator and I supported him until this thing with the girlfriend. It damaged my faith in him and then when I found that he claimed to have ended the affair but continued it, well that was it with me.

Dana writes:
I believe that people can reform and become better people. He seems to be genuinely repentant and hopefully he has learned how much hurt can be caused by one bad decision. He will definitely be under closer scrutiny in the future, but I do believe in his ability and his potential.

Rob writes:
I don't know. Cheating on your wife who is dying of terminal cancer is a pretty hard sell even in politics.

Pete from New York writes:
The guy lied to a wife with a terminal illness, he lied to his party and he lied to the American people. If you're a Democrat you should be furious. He ran for the nomination. Just suppose Barack Obama had not been around and he got the nomination over Hillary Cinton. Even the economy couldn't have saved him if this came out during the campaign. Was that an action deserving future trust?

Annie from Florida writes:
No, he is a sleaze ball and should be ashamed of himself. He should work for nothing, not this latest speaking fee, and reflect on what a lousy human being he is.

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soundoff (331 Responses)
  1. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    In a word: no.

    November 12, 2008 at 12:40 pm |
  2. Diana NJ

    Why not? John Edwards hurt his wife and family, while that Guy in Alaskd still ran for the Senate after beinf found guilty of a crime against the state and country>

    November 12, 2008 at 12:41 pm |
  3. marti thompson

    He certainly wouldn't be the first adulterer to hold a high position..

    November 12, 2008 at 12:48 pm |
  4. Peri W.

    If Mrs. Edwards can forgive her husband, I say we give him another chance. Few among us have been paragons of virtue. John Edwards is a man with a good heart who made a mistake. It's not the end of the world.

    November 12, 2008 at 12:52 pm |
  5. philip from Toronto

    Sure ...Why not?...He won't be the first or the last politician with personal problems, he has a few good ideas and is a populist politician, a good mix. Let's stay out of the Bedrooms of the Nation for a while and solve issue Number One!

    November 12, 2008 at 12:53 pm |
  6. Jane (Minnesota)

    It didn't seem to be a problem for John McCain to have done similar & run for public office. If he wants to make a comeback, he'd better get everything out in the open before the blood hounds in the media dig it up though.

    November 12, 2008 at 12:57 pm |
  7. Gary in High Point

    He can try but who is going to ever trust him again. Like McCain, he betryed the trust of his vows. He might try but he won't suceed. This country is changing for the better, we are learning we do not have accept the "old style" Politicians.

    November 12, 2008 at 12:57 pm |
  8. Brandon Edelson Westport CT

    I would hope not. He is a discrace to not only the democratic party but to american politics in general. Like elliot spitzer. However, knowing that a convicted felon is so close to getting realected senator of Alaska, it seems that almost anything can happen.

    November 12, 2008 at 12:59 pm |
  9. Francis Tavares

    What difference does it make whether he comes back or not. He has caused total embarrassment to himself and to his family. The fact of the matter is, he lied and denied he had an affair. When someone does something that is inappropriate, sooner or later the truth will come out. Furthermore, he had the nerve to run for the presidency while keeping his affair a secret until he was exposed. What sort of example is he setting?

    November 12, 2008 at 1:01 pm |
  10. Markel Houston

    Our leaders are supposed to set an example.

    John Edwards is no better example than Gary Hart was some 20 years ago.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:02 pm |
  11. Anthony Smith

    Of course he can. Do I think he will? NO!!! America loves knocking people down as much as they love a good Rocky story. The difference here is that he pulled the caring husband card while his wife had health issues. Then what makes it worse, is that his wife knew about it, but they both remained quiet for political gain. That is as low as George Bush's popularity ratings.

    Wildwood Crest, NJ

    November 12, 2008 at 1:03 pm |
  12. Jenny Rome Ga

    How many women has Bill Clinton "known"over the years? Ok so much for higher math. In short of course he can. If Elizabeth can forgive him then so should we. He also seemed genuinely sorry for having hurt Elizabeth, something I never got with Bill.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:04 pm |
  13. Neo Anderson

    Yes but maybe not to Presidential or VP status.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:04 pm |
  14. Katiec Pekin, IL

    Although there have been many politicians who have made grave
    mistakes, some still holding office, what Edwards did is primarily
    between him and his family.
    Our country would benefit for him to sponsor programs to help
    those in need, example, Carters Habitat for Humanity, as
    believe he truly has concern for people in unfortunate
    He needs to forget about a political future.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:05 pm |
  15. Mary Hale

    Sure. What about McCain? That same situation didn't hurt him and he was in the "Family Values" conservative party. I say, "Go for it, even liberals can have forgiveness."
    Mary, Lee's Summit, MO.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:05 pm |
  16. vern-t anaheim,ca

    i don't think so ,no one will trust him ever again even if his wife will.he comes from a bible belt state n.c. who arn't very forgiving of personal indiscresions.his politcal career is history,too bad because he had a promising career ahead of him

    November 12, 2008 at 1:07 pm |
  17. don in naples florida

    John Edwards is a bad politician. He is a lawyer who polishes everything he says, and has no real good ideas or sense of direction. He should have thrown away his political ambitions after the v.p. run. The people don't want him. Who cares about his personal difficulties, he has no new or good ideas.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  18. Cal from Norwalk, Ohio

    If he LIED and CHEATED once, how could anyone ever trust what
    he would say or do again? I, for one, could not; so I hope he will
    have the decency to NOT try to come back into politics. We already
    have too many liars and cheaters in Washington as it is.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  19. George

    At what? The only thing in years that he has succeeded at was destroying his family, and marriage. No, I think that we have seen the last of pretty boy with his fancy haircut, and his million dollar smile. I'm a true Democrat, but he is not my picture of who I think should do well at the helm of anything. So now he can ride off into the sunset with George Bush, and neither of you will be missed.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:13 pm |
  20. richard

    Edward has been one of my favourite politician of this generation, unfortunately things just went wrong way for him. i think it's time he picks up the pieces and carry on with his political life.


    November 12, 2008 at 1:14 pm |
  21. Debbie, Illinois

    He should be able to make a comeback, but when it comes to fooling around behind your spouses back people NEVER forget and it will haunt him forever.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:17 pm |
  22. John in Arizona

    The press once thought they'd never have Nixon to kick around anymore, and Clinton was once the subject of impeachment proceedings. Both rose to fight another day. But neither of them was secretly having an affair while his wife was publicly battling breast cancer. He should probably just write a best-selling book and use the proceeds to establish a foundation for some worthwhile cause.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:18 pm |
  23. Tom in Dubuque

    Would you trust a man who cheated on his terminally ill wife?

    November 12, 2008 at 1:19 pm |
  24. Bill from Medford, NJ

    Anybody can make a comeback, depending on the current issues, the competition, and his or her response to them.

    That's the tough part: as I recall, Edwards wasn't doing so well even before his affair became known.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  25. Larry in Florida

    Not unless he wants to make Bill Clinton his running mate. That would help take the attention off from him because people just love to hate Bill.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:20 pm |
  26. Barbara E., Richmond VA

    This is America, anyone can make a comeback.

    Barbara E.
    Richmond VA

    November 12, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  27. Elki Issa

    As a democrat I cannot forgive him. Not for his affair, but for putting our chances of winning the presidential election in jeopardy by running when he must have known this would have surely been made public.

    Elki Issa
    Modesto, CA

    November 12, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  28. Sarah Louise

    Sure he can. If we removed all the people from Congress and the Senate who had commited adultery then there would be a LOT of empty seats. I don't see why Edwards should be singled out and ostracized.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:21 pm |
  29. Dennis, Cleveland ,Ohio

    Well he certainly wouldn't be the FIRST to try and maybe even succeed!

    November 12, 2008 at 1:22 pm |
  30. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Come back from what? To what?

    He was a one term senator, an unsuccessful V.P. candidate, and an unsuccessful Presidential candidate, not much to go back to.

    He would probably excel as a minor cabinet secretary or head of a charitable foundation where he would serve the people well in following his passion to help the poor.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:25 pm |
  31. Nora Corpus Christi Texas

    Of course he can make a comeback. What has John Edwards done, that has not been done before? He hurt his wife and family if they forgive him why do we have to have issue with it. Lets name a few Bill Clinton, John McCain, who have done quite nicely thanks. John Edwards let a lot of people down, but mostly he let himself down, lets move on, he was and I think still is a great guy who made a mistake.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  32. Carl Deshazer

    I really don't know if he can make a comeback. I thought Edwards was possibly different in a good way, it shows us that being a human being we are capable of anything, good or bad. In my opion, he should be more concerned about his marriage than his political career.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  33. Jeff San Diego, CA

    NNNOOO! He lost his chance when he admitted cheating on his wife who has cancer. Who would vote for him after that?

    America doesn't like cheaters or felons as their elected officials. Or, at least, not the "real" America (sarcasm).

    November 12, 2008 at 1:32 pm |
  34. Judy Knight

    Look at Bill Clinton. It is such a shame when these things become public..It has caused his wife so much pain. It really should be between him and his family. I believe Edwards is a good person. Because of his faith I was shocked and disappointed ,
    but we would miss out on all he has to offer if we tune him out.
    J.K. Boise, Idaho

    November 12, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  35. Cori from Colorado

    The train has come and gone.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  36. John

    Jack: Not all the money and good looks could bring back Edwards. There are to many failures in his resume which include a failed marriage.


    November 12, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  37. Tom, Avon, Maine, The Heart of Democracy

    George W. Bush has been in the White House for eight years. Anything is possible.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  38. Margaret, Austin, Texas

    No. America has lost their trust. You break our trust and hopefully the American public will continue to take every step to leave your garbage at curbside. Our politicians should be made up of the brightest and best with honest open relationships.

    Our politicians need to keep the promises they make when then run or we need to get rid of them as because they are dishonest or just simply cannot do the job and need to be fired. When you lie to the public in this day of cell phone with cameras, you-tube and SNL, you lose all credibility. Government doesn't work because we haven't been holding it accountable.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:35 pm |
  39. Linda in Florida

    I think he can make a comeback. I think that whatever goes on in their personal lives is between the spouses. Bill Clinton did his share of philandering, yet he was an excellent President. If John's wife can forgive him, why shouldn't we? Remember, let he who is without sin throw the first stone!

    November 12, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  40. Martyn Bignell

    The first thing to be said is that like millions of other men he made a stupid mistake with regard to his wife and family, yes he lied about it when he was first confronted with the issue, but then all men do, so does this mean that he cannot make a contribution to help better America?
    The answer to that is of course he can, his manifesto when running for the nomination was quite impressive especialy in regard to health care. However, I feel at this time his comeback will be put on hold simply due to their not being enough water having passed under the bridge yet.

    Martyn, Fort Lauderdale.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  41. Doug - Dallas

    Who cares, but if he did would it be so he can cheat on his wife again? He screwed up his moment and ought to go back to being a lawyer chasing ambulances.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  42. Helena, Clearwater, FL

    Of course he can make a come back if he wants to. Just look at all of the adulterers in Congress and what about presidents? Kennedy, Clinton, and so many I lost count. What about McCain who was not just a adulterer but left his crippled wife and children that waited for him all the prison years? He sure didn't become a president but has been successful in politics for a lot of years. No one likes a person who is so selfish to hurt his loved ones but if his loved ones forgive then so should we.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  43. Ann

    He should. If all men/women with high-profile careers were fired from their positions for cheating on their spouses, unemployment rates would skyrocket. I'm not condoning his behavior by any means. But here's an example, if you need brain surgery, do you really care if the surgeon has been unfaithful to thier spouse or do you care about how good of a surgeon they are?

    November 12, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  44. Patty.D. Bristol, Pa.

    No Jack, I don't think he can. And don't get me wrong, I liked Edwards. But the distrust is too deep. For years we were hearing how hypocritcal that the Republicans were about morality and we saw how flawed they were, now Edwards cheated on his ill wife. I expected more from Edwadrs.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  45. Anj in CA

    He can't come back in any capacity involving an election. He's not electable personally and he would likely taint someone else's campaign if he worked for it, because the opposition would NEVER let it rest. That's just today's reality.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  46. Brian Becker

    If Sarah Palin can make a comeback after proving herself to be a complete ignoramus, John Edwards can too for proving to be an adulterer. America is full of people just like them doing just fine for themselves. The only difference is most of them don't have their dirty laundry aired out in front of the entire country.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  47. nicholas

    he should be allowed to try to get back into office but the american people should be smart enough to not elect him. it is after all the peoples decision not that of the government. bill clinton commited adultery and we still love him

    November 12, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  48. KarenB, Florida

    Clinton did as bad or worse (as Prsident) and everybody "loves him" so why not.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  49. Gretchen from Denver

    I agree with Patty from Bristol, Pa. The distrust is too deep. If he would betray a wife who is ill, that is about rock bottom.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  50. April

    He needs to go away first then come back strong. Americans tend to be very forgetful. 58,000,000 million people forgot that John McCain left his wife for another women. So sure, why not?

    Hoboken, NJ

    November 12, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  51. Jay-Mississippi

    One lapse in Judgement does not make the man a throw away. He has much to offer, As a country shouting Judeo-Christian beliefs we must learn to forgive people adn allow the to move on and we should move on. He has much to offer.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:50 pm |
  52. Terri from Southwest Virginia

    Newt Gingrich gave up his Speaker of the House post and has had his share of personal problems, now there is talk of him running for President to unify and save the GOP. If he can come back after his indescretions, why not John Edwards?

    November 12, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  53. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    I think Edwards can make a comeback, but not as a direct candidate in politics. This country is not that politically forgiving in those type matters.

    Many of us believe it speaks directly to the character of the individual.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  54. Richard McKinney, Texas

    God I hope not.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  55. Chuck in Sheboygan, WI.

    John Edwards has about as much a chance at a comeback as my hair does of growing back.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  56. Linda in Indiana

    He wouldn't get my vote for any public office he ran for. But it is not for us to judge. What goes on between a husband and wife needs to stay there. Who are we to judge Edwards or Bill Clinton? Did either one of them send 4000+ of our armed forces off to lose their lives for a made up war? Edwards will have to live with himself for the rest of his life.

    November 12, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  57. Alex Vakalopoulos

    John Edwards needs to understand this country's economic struggles , health concerns and educational challenges and put his ego aside before he steps back in the ring .

    November 12, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  58. Toni from Quebec


    November 12, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  59. Amber - Austin, TX

    If the people of Washington, D.C. can re-elect Mayor Marion Barry after getting caught on tape buying and smoking crack cocaine, and the people of Alaska can re-elect Ted Stevens after being a convicted felon, they why can't John Edwards make a come back?

    November 12, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  60. That_One Florida

    The Republicans were trying to get John Mc Cain elected as President Of The United States, not only an adulterer, but a guy who left his wife. and children for the other woman.Who happend to be 17 years younger and a rich heiress..But Edwards is finish in politics.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  61. tom tyskiewicz



    November 12, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  62. Vinnie Vino


    Not without his hair...

    C.I., New York

    November 12, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  63. susan from Idaho

    I think we should poke him with a fork, he's done

    November 12, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  64. Joe in DE

    Do you mean can he hold high office? If so, the answer is yes – a lot of people in high positons have done the same or worse. If his wife forgives him, why not the rest of us.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  65. Molly B

    Indescretion – it all comes down to whether or not you "frightened the
    horses". I hope he finds a good day job where the world can benefit
    from his knowledge. Don't think he should try for a high office.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  66. brandon

    Unfortunatley thats just how politics work. There will be no chance for a political comeback. However theres always plenty of money to be made in books, public speaking, and Dancing with the Stars!

    November 12, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  67. CK, Connecticut

    I should hope so. He's not much different than most politicians, or many of us. We all make mistakes in our personal lives, that doesn't make us bad at our jobs!

    November 12, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  68. Tony in Michigan

    Probably, but who cares?

    November 12, 2008 at 2:06 pm |

    WE currently have two familys that are Felons, Silverado Savings & Loan
    & Lincoln Savings & Loan. just reciently,==Silver Bank Nevada,
    This cost the Taxpayer moneys,
    Edwards cheating didn!t cost Tax payers
    I would never vote for him

    November 12, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  70. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Jack, I guess he can make a comeback, but a comeback to what is the question? He has two failed presidential bids in order. He has one failed vice presidential bid, one in which he did not even capture his own state for gosh sakes. I can guarantee you P.E. Obama has no room at the Inn for him in Washington because he is too much a political hot potato and I don’t think he is going to run for political office in his state of North Carolina. So unless he is the dog catcher in Wasilla, Alaska, there is not much in the way of elected office left for him.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  71. odessa

    in my opionion, his extra affair wasn't necessary at all because that woman he was with was very ugly and not attractive all..he will need to apologize to God, elizabeth, his children, family and supporters for his lies..i think that elizabeth has forgiven him and maybe it's time for the public to accepted too..we have accepted bill clinton's affairs and he still kept his job too..john edwards is not the only man having affairs as a politican; there are other politicans committed the same acts as a regular person..he should continue to be a trial lawyer as well making a full committment of helping the poor etc..john edwards is a smart man but he made a wrong decision to lie about his affair..

    November 12, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  72. Anne/Seattle

    Apparently he's made a comeback with his wife and family where forgiveness is appropriate. Coming back politically is another thing. It's not a matter of forgiveness, it's a matter of trust. I feel that when the majority of Americans look at him now, they see someone who acted without integrity, lied and tried to dupe both his fellow Democratic candidates and American voters. The man has every right to clean up his act and move on but not to expect trust from voters.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  73. cile/fairhiope, al

    In a word no. I supported him at one time primarily because I thought so much of his wife and still do. However, if he would lie to her he would lie to anyone, and I could never under any circumstances trust him again. In my opinion, his violation of trust with his wife, was the worst of the worst.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  74. Molly Redding

    I know one set of voters who won't support him if he does come back: the women who have had to face breast cancer themselves or in someone close to them. This from someone who was dumb enough to vote for him in the Primary.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  75. Adem Jemal, California

    Why not? Soon, we will have felony convicted senator.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  76. Barb New Port Richey Fl

    In one of McCains interviews he spoke of his affair(s) and they let him run for president. What is the difference? We would all love to think politicians, athletes, anyone we hold in high regard is above human error. That hasn't happened since the Garden of Eden.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  77. Wyoming Jack from Jackson, WY

    A comeback? Combacks are for winners, not losers. He lost his shot at VP in 2004. He lost his bid for a presidential nomination in 2008. What would he come back to?

    November 12, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  78. Norah of Ocala, FL

    The list of politicos who cheated on their spouses goes on into infinity (Clinton, McCain, et al), but Edwards was particularly slimy because he betrayed his terminally ill (and very popular) wife with a whackadoodle groupie ... and got her pregnant. That shows very poor judgement, and THAT'S what sunk Edwards. I was a supporter and had hoped to see him as Attorney General, but anyone who would let their ego (and libido) tarnish a brass ring that close at hand, is not someone I would want in a position of authority.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  79. F Machado - Connecticut

    Well, if people from Alaska elected the convicted felon again, he is more than able to comeback.

    But sincerely, I hope not.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  80. Liz in Towson, MD

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't John McCain cheat on his first wife? He certainly made a comeback, so I don't see why John Edwards couldn't. Not that infidelity is acceptable, but it probably wouldn't affect his political decisions.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  81. P. Differ from Maryland

    The fact that Edwards cheated on his wife knowing full well she had terminal cancer says it all. He is in a word...disgusting. But then again everybody seems to have forgiven Bill Clinton so anything is possible.
    Time will pass and his ego is big. He will be back!

    November 12, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  82. Michael watching from Canada

    Yes, Jack, but he will have to become a convicted felon, a comedian or maybe....

    a hockey dad who likes to build bridges.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  83. Venia PA

    Sure why not? What he did was a personal matter between him and his wife. Just because he is famous does not mean that he does not have issues like the rest of us. He still has a good agenda and is a decent man. Let thee who has not sinned cast the first stone......

    November 12, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  84. Kevin L. / Omaha, NE

    His work for poverty issues...he'll be back.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  85. Tom, Bradenton

    Edwards is just like the rest of old Washington. Lying, cheating, corrupt and incompetent. That is the part Obama promised to clean out and hopefully will clean out. We need honest, hard working and straightforward politcians working for those whom elected them.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  86. Dennis North Carolina


    November 12, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  87. Terry from North Carolina

    If John Edwards chooses to run again for elected office in North Carolina he will have my vote. There were and still are in elected office people who have done much worse than John Edwards and are still holding important positions in our government.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  88. Alabama Angel

    Not with me.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  89. Mike Smith, New Orleans

    I had a lot of respect for John Edwards until I realized he was willing to hand the election to the Republicans. By seeking the nomination and knowing that his candidacy would reveal a Clinton-esque scandal, he put his own quest for power above the future of the Democratic party. We don't need another Zippergate.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  90. Brian from Fort Mill, SC

    I don't know if John Edwards can get away with the same thing Bill Clinton did.

    But he seems to be a bit thin-skinned as far as politicians go. Not only could he not compete with Hillary Clinton, he couldn't even compete with an unknown like Barack Obama.

    My guess is that he may be able to compete with Chelsea Clinton, but I could be wrong. After all, she does have name recognition!

    Maybe he could become an independent, and run with Joe the Plumber!

    November 12, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  91. Paulette,Dallas,PA

    I don't think so. America loves Elizabeth and philandering during this critical time for her really makes him a cad. Let him work in the trenches for poverty but the American people already know that he can and will deceive if it is to promote his personal agenda. Unless he pulls off some miracle and reverses our economic woes, he'll never hold high office again.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  92. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    Only if he changes everything about his life and practices honesty, openmidedness, and willingness by telling the truth everyday and develop a sincere desire to love and serve.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  93. Paul Round Rock, Texas

    Sure you will see him again with a come back. He is a Lawyer and knows how to tell everyone what they think they want to hear.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  94. Jackie in Dallas

    If we kept our noses out of other people's bedrooms and instead, concentrated on their ability to do their job, be innovative, and to help the country, yes he could.

    At one time, this country had an unspoken policy not to look into people's personal lives. Many of our past politicians, including Presidents such as Eisenhower, Kennedy, et. al., had flings or even long-term illicit relationships. It was considered the business of the family to deal with, not the public. But somewhere along the way, we got holier-than-thou and decided to judge our politicians on their adherance to our moral codes instead of their job performance. Big mistake.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  95. Anne from Vero Beach, FL

    I don't think so, Jack. There's just something icky, slimy and unforgiveable about a guy who cheats on his terminally ill wife, esp. after parading her and his children around in the public eye as if he were a devoted family man.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  96. Brian - Trinidad

    NO! What we have here is a reversal of party philosophies.The Democrats now quickly support the most popular,toss aside those who are controversial,and punish anyone who doesn't toe the party line.The Republicans can't support one leader, allow and even encourage dissent,and quickly blame the wrong person for their defeat.Edwards has a better chance of a comeback if he became a Republican.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  97. Mike, Syracuse NY

    If Teddy Kennedy could survive Chappaquidick to become the 'Lion of the Senate' anything is possible.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  98. Ned, Ft. Lauderdale

    Of course he can. He is not the first one who cheated, actually it is very common in high politics. Bigger problem is with convicted Alaskan Senator who was re-elected after the triel and Governor Sarah Palin does nothing about it.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  99. Mike - Hot Springs, Ar.

    Hey, let all who have not made a mistake in their lives cast the first stone. Liars not allowed to throw.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  100. Dave in St Simons Island

    A lawyer who manipulates the facts, lies, cheats....whoduhthunk?
    Definite presidential material.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  101. Gina in Racine, Wi

    Nope- you know Jack, it isn't the adultry issue that kills these guys......it is the fact that they lie so convincingly to the public (and their wives) when they are caught.

    I think all Politicians lie .....but the spin and double talk leaves all of us still wondering........

    Hard to spin photos splashed all of the National Enquirer and the Internet.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  102. Jackie in Dallas


    By the way, DNA testing proved that the child was not Edward's. That doesn't excuse his behavior, but even Jesus refused to throw a stone at a woman caught in adultery. His response was that someone who was without sins of their own should cast the first stone. If Elizabeth is willing to forgive him, what right do you have to judge him?

    FYI, it isn't unusual in the case of a couple where there is long-term illness or terminal illness to see adultery. Many times, the sick partner not only condones it but actually encourages it, as they are thinking of the welfare of their partner. Frankly, IT ISN'T OUR BUSINESS.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  103. Steve in Milford,MA

    Of course Edwards can make a comeback! He's only 147 points behind Jimmie Johnson with one race remaining. He has a great pit crew, good engine builders and a solid team behind him!
    What? You meant John Edwards not the NASCAR driver Carl Edwards?
    Never mind.
    He's done.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  104. Gregory

    Yes, he can Jack, he is a very smart caring man, and if he gets rid of that sly grin off his face, I think he can come back.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  105. Nuwan

    He can always come back. People can change and I think America has better issues to think about than what he did.

    – Nuwan from Houston, TX

    November 12, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  106. Elle from Pullman, WA

    Sure he can. Clinton did.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  107. james

    Yes. He can run against Sarah Palin!

    November 12, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  108. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Sure he can........Isn't adultery the application of "democracy to love." It is a pre-requisite for a political comeback.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  109. Jerry

    Can he make a comeback? Anything's possible in a country that doesn't hold its elected officials to a moral standard any higher than the Oval Office will demand of its residents past. Rome is burning Jack, so why not throw another scandal on the fire. Wouldn't we all feel special knowing that a future Presendential candidate had as much caring and compassion for his family as a parking meter.

    Jerry L.
    Sandwich, NH

    November 12, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  110. mac from traverse city Michigan

    No! It would be a disgrace to the democratic party and an insult to the working people in it if this overpaid hedge fund manager that was cheating on his cancer stricken wife at the same time he was being packaged and sold as the consumate family values candidate should ever be given a position of leadership or place in the public eye again. He should take off his sweater, get a black suit and tie, and join the republican party. Hypocrisy and sleeze are welcome in the senate on that side of the isle.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  111. Ryan, Galesburg, IL

    Hypocrisy is an institution in Washington, so probably not.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  112. Theresa from Mentor Ohio

    Blast from the past :

    Nobody died when Clinton lied ! ! !

    Why not ?

    November 12, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  113. AndyZ Fairfax, VA

    I'm not sure; is there a limit on how many times a Christian can be born again?

    November 12, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  114. Valentina in CT

    Jack, this is hypocrisy at its best. Anyone remember a guy named Bill Clinton who had multiple affairs while he was president? Everyone has conveniently forgotten about it and still loves the former president. John McCain came close to winning the presidency last week and yet he cheated on his newly handicapped wife after she waited for him all those years while he was a POW. The point is, we all know men are sleaze bags, but that doesn't mean they aren't good politicians.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  115. Paul in Columbus

    Most politicans could, but not John Edwards. He is too slick, two faced, and dishonest to have anyone take him seriously again. He should devote the rest of his life to his wonderful wife and keep a low profile in the political arena.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  116. Tina (Texas)

    Any thing is possible. Look at Ted Stevens? STill in power.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  117. lou

    Edwards pushed this squeaky clean wholesome family guy image. He'll never get that back. Now he's just another politician who has lied to us.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  118. Rose in Az

    I don't see why not, if Bill Clinton got away with it in the "People's White House" why should John Edwards. These politicians think they are above everyone else and they can get away with anything. I hope the people are sensitive to his mistake for Elizabeth Edwards sake. She and her family have suffered enough.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  119. Billy in Las Vegas

    NO, not after cheating on Elizabeth while she was fighting cancer.

    I contributed to and even worked for this phony fraud's primary campaign in Nevada because I thought he was the best friend of labor. thank God "Baby Daddy" DIDN'T win the nomination or we would now have "Gezzer-Dingbat" headed to the White House for four more years of Bushonomics.


    November 12, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  120. Mike, Cleveland, Ohio

    At this point, its too soon for Edwards to make a come back. He needs to go on a sabbatical for a few years before he can be relevent again...

    November 12, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  121. Leroy

    Jack...Can Edwards make a comeback? Yes...Will he? ..I doubt it...But I for one hope he does....What he did was a matter for him and his family to reconcile...His wife has forgiven him so who are we not to?.."Let he who is without sin cast the first stone"

    Leroy, Houston,Tx.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  122. Simpliticus

    I doubt it! We have a guy now in Obama who speaks to the dual American standards which Edwards spoke of, so that has been covered. What could Edwards provide which is infidelity has trashed?

    November 12, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  123. Simon in Syracuse, NY

    Explain something to me please Jack...how does one make a comeback to what was already relative obscurity? Edwards received a whopping 6 delegates in the primaries and spent a total of 58 million dollars in the process. He should remain where he is and let well enough alone.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  124. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    Why not? Some men are pigs. They think they can bask in the glare of the public eye and hide their indiscretions. I'm sure he can still do some good for his country, but I seriously doubt he can ever be president.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  125. Stephanie, Hamden, CT

    Jack, of course Edwards can make a comeback. If Bill Clinton and other elected officials can be forgiven, why can't Edwards be awarded the same standard? Why should the public be concerned with what happens in someone's private life; seems that the media cares more about personal matters than political issues (example, Obama's kids future school). While I don't condene cheating, it is not my, or anyone elses, business. If someone is doing his or her job well, that is all that should matter and we need to stop being so consumed with other's private affairs!!!!

    November 12, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  126. Ron K.

    Hi Jack:

    YES!! He should go on Saturday Night Live. Maybe he will be more successful as a stand up comic.

    Ron San Diego

    November 12, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  127. lisa from FL

    Jack...He is human. None of us are perfect. His wife and family have the right to be upset......for the rest of us....quite frankly...its none of our business. No one knows what goes on behind close doors in a marriage. I fail to see where this has anything to do with his ability to perform his job. If adultery wa s the measure of a person's job performance there would be A LOT of people out of a job.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  128. Tom Waddell

    Considering the circumstances which Edwards and his family were enduring I think his ego and extremely poor judgement, during these times, were his final political kiss of death

    November 12, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  129. Mae (NY)

    No, but his lavish hair cuts could stimulate the beauty salon economy.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  130. Cynthia

    Truth be told Jack, there are others who have done the same thing but have not got caught yet.

    November 12, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  131. pete in ny

    Unbelieveable! People on this site need some serious counselling if they think that this creep is OK. The guy lied to a wife with a terminal illness, he lied to his party and he lied to the American people. If you're a democrat you should be furious- he ran for the nomination and just suppose BO had not been around and he got the nomination form Hillary. Even the economy couldn't have saved him if this came out during the campaign- was that an action deserving future trust?

    November 12, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  132. Evette

    I think it would be hard for John Edwards to make a comeback. But it's America's fault because this is a predominantly "Christian" society ,but it won't "Forgive" Edwards. I don't understand how spouses can forgive their counterparts, but in light of the public eye, decide that John Edwards cannot be forgiven.

    Hazlehurst, MS

    November 12, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  133. Daniel Ambrose

    I just don't politcially see it. He has been a great embarrasment to his political career and I believe that time heals all wounds, but some marks will forever remain permenant as in his case this will. He can never run for a serious political job not without the mockery and the ridicule of the shame of his past. The best he can do now is just stay low as he has.

    Daniel Ambrose,
    Atlanta, GA

    November 12, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  134. C in Belen, New Mexico

    Sure.. As long as he doesn't expect me to vote for him....

    November 12, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  135. sully.........forest park ga

    Jack in america anything is possible from MICHEAL JACKSON innocent verdict,OJ SIMSON guilty verdict, convicted felon in alaska running for the US SENATE. yes he can!

    November 12, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  136. a Rose from Iowa


    November 12, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  137. Sam (Houston)

    I don't CARE that he cheated. ALL men cheat!, and yes, I'm a man.
    The problem I have with Edwards is that he opted to run for President, with a walk-in-closet FILLED with skeletons!
    If he had been selected as Democratic Nominee, and then had these HUGE bones fall from his closet, he would have single-handed(or another extremity), given this election to the Republican opponent, totally suppressing the "will of the people", subjecting America to a continuation of the failed Bush policies.

    He's FAR too selfish to represent the public interests.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  138. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    Only republicans can commit felonies, cheat on their wife and steal from the citizens and have a clean slate to start it all over again. A democrat would be impeached, yanno?

    November 12, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  139. Sean in California

    Sure...he just has to switch parties and become a Republican. Then anything nefarious he may have done will be overlooked by the party(the GOP, anyway) and the media (liberal as they are). But his lying about the affair while running as a Democratic presidential candidate won't be overlooked anytime soon.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  140. Willow, Iowa

    I don't personally care about his private life. That's between him and his wife. I think he can do a lot of good in this country. Of course, when Clinton got into all of his trouble, I thought then and now that he should have walked into that investigation and said, "Stay out of my private life." And walked out. And he is still a Political person in fairly good standing. Ted Kennedy came back from a horrible personal accident. and he's a member in very good standing in the Senate. So I think Edwards should do what he can to help. We need all good hands on deck now.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  141. Don B. from Houston

    A comeback from what? Ok, I get it. I assume you are speaking of his "sexual indiscretion"! What does it matter? Is this not a matter between he and his wife. His former aids are twisted because he tried to hide it. Why? Because we equate moral virtue with proper sexual behavior. What about all those weasels in corporate America–like the guys from AIG, Enron and etc(you can name them all), who would be in Church every Sunday - showing themselves as good boys and of course tithing every Sunday-and then runing their companies in the ground-all the time getting big bonuses and destroying most of the 401K's for mom and pop! Now who is the most immoral.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  142. Ron in Indiana

    Yes, probably in a limited capacity. After all, he isn't the first to have so erred, is he? That is an issue between he, his wife, their ethics and their religious beliefs. One of our better capacities as a species is to forgive – to a point, anyway.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  143. Dave in MO

    George W Bush has a better shot at being appointed Ambassador to the UN.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  144. Dace - Tucson AZ

    Of course he should he is a good man and is great for our country. The right wing religious extremist aren't the only ones that can have affairs lie and cheat then come back. I mean look at their idol Rush a lying obese drug addict came back with a $400 million bonus. So why can't a person with true value come back?

    November 12, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  145. Lenore in Kansas

    I know a lot of politicians have made comebacks after gross indecretions, but these things are not cut and dried. It depends upon the kind of image he man has, or had, in the first place. I don't think Edwards can make a comeback because he was perceived as someone more "honest"– "different"– "caring"– "fresh"– and so his affair really annoys even his devoted followers. We weren't surprised by Bill Clinton and others who have come back. If Edwards is to make a comeback, which I doubt, he'd have to get an entirely new set of supporters.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  146. Marty

    I don't believe he will make a comeback any time soon, although he could move to Alaska and become a republican. It seems they will elect anyone, regardless of what they have done in the past.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  147. Sandra fromTexas

    I was an Edwards supporter. I still like him and I love Elizabeth, but I cannot trust him again. He cannot be forgiven for continuing to run when he had to know that his affair would eventually surface. I wish the Edwards family all the best.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  148. toni boutwell, myrtle beach, sc

    Of course he can. What's the big deal, he cheated and he lied, but he's not a convicted felon, his lies didn't start a war, or break an economy. He'sfundementally sound and I hope President Obama(dosen't that sound great) finds a place for him in government.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  149. Mark

    I used to have a pretty good view of Mr. Edwards and probably would have forgiven his trangressions were they not going on while his wife was suffering. His urges should have been the furthest thing from his mind at that time.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  150. Marty

    Not unless he moves to alaska and becomes a republican. It seems they will elect anyone regardless of their crimes and moral flaws.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  151. Raphael in New York

    Edwards may be out of the political scene because of his personal problems. However, if Obama and Clinton mess up, he may have another chance.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  152. Lauri in Baltimore, Maryland

    John Edwards is just the latest high profile philanderer to join a not so exclusive club which includes in its membership such names as Clinton, Gingrich, McCain, Hart, etc. They all came back from obscurity so why not Edwards especially when you consider the attention span and priorities of the average American? They worry more about Cloris Leachman getting booted off Dancing With the Stars than about John Edwards' love life.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  153. Karen McCullough

    John Edwards was a respected politican with a wife we all admired. His stupidity brought about his fall from grace and to forgive him and put him back in power would show extreme stupidity on the part of the voters.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  154. Ginger H -- West Melbourne, FL

    He'd have to prove he was valuable as a Democratic candidate regardless of his private life, which he never really did before in my opinion. He had the money and the charisma, but now he just has the money. I don't think it would work, but if he wants to spend some of that money, and if he can get others to do the same, he has the right. I wouldn't vote for him then, and I wouldn't in the future....unless he does something miraculous for this country. I don't see that happening.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  155. Pete, Fla.

    I'd like to say yes, but look at history: Larry Craig, Bill Clinton, Elliot Spitzer, Jim McGreevy. None of them continued high-profile political careers. One must wonder though: why do Democrats always top these lists, they can lead our country and stand up to terror, but can't resist the slightest temptation.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  156. Michael from Greenfield, Wi.

    In a Harry Potter book, maybe.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  157. Ken in NC

    I live here in North Carolina and he was my Senator and I supported him until this thing with the girl friend. It damaged my faith in him and then when I found that he claimed to have ended the affair but continued it, well that was it with me.

    He make come back with the support of others but not with my support or vote.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  158. Randy, Salt Lake City

    If George W. Bush can go AWOL from the Guard, get arrested for cocaine posession, driving drunk, fighting at a football game, well, I don't see why Edwards can't get back into the political game. 'Murikans seem to just love criminals running the government. Oh wait, Edwards is a Democrat. So my answer is no. He shouldn't try to get back into politics. Only Republicans are allowed get away with murder (literally).

    November 12, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  159. Steve, CA

    Sure Jack, why not? He cheated on his wife as she battles cancer. Just like Clinton (who also commited adultery), I expect the democrats to accept him with open arms.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  160. Jerry from Jacksonville

    No, No, he has had his chance and blew it. Needs to go back to suing tobacco companies.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  161. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    John Edwards can rise to the top right after getting his diploma from the Bill Clinton School of Denial.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  162. tom, madison, wi

    Jack, it is very simple. If his own wife can not trust him how can anyone else?

    November 12, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  163. lynnej

    We need to clean out our own backyards before messing around in someone elses. Basically, his personal life isn't our business.

    What are we going to do fire the banker who cheats on his wife? How about the policeman, teacher, military officer, doctor, nurse? Whom would be left in these jobs? No one.

    With that said, I think former Senator Edwards should be able to return to the political realm and help out anyway he can. In the mess that the Bush adminiistration has left us in we need each and every intelligent idea or mind to get us out of it at the table. And being unemployed and chronically ill, I don't care who helps in me obtaining health care and a job.

    Besides Bush lied and caused over thousands of deaths not to mention his disdain for the Hurricane Katrina victims after the storm hit. And for some reason, he is still around.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  164. Michael and Diane Phoenix AZ

    No, not for an elected office. I think he might be good somewhere in the background though since he is a "tough cookie" when it comes to helping out the ordinary folk, and he is also intelligent enough to be a help for some government committee or organization.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  165. Richard Rohde

    Just what we need another democrat that doesn't take responsibility and blames it on someone else ala Rangel, Jefferson and Schumer.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  166. Ken in Seattle

    No. He cheated on a wife who was battling cancer as she campaigned for him. People have as much disdain for him as they have admiration and sympathy for her. The arrogance of his continued desire for the limelight is disgusting.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  167. Bella in Naples

    No, no comeback for John the sneak.
    His arrogance is ludicrous!
    I didn't like him in 2004, even though
    I voted for Kerry and him. But I always
    thought of him as a flake. And guess what,
    he turned out to be a sneaky flake.
    There is no there there. lol

    November 12, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  168. Janice Illinois

    When a man who prides himself and runs for office on the premise that he is a helper of the poor, pays $4 Hundred dollars for a haircut, he is not what he claims to be. The most obvious little things are the most telling and so easily overlooked. No, This affair is so telling of his character and to tell the truth, The affair cover up, probably cost Hillary the election, if he does get a second chance, then we will know that there is something to all of this and you must say his timing, before and now seems a little curious to me.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  169. Chris, Thousand Oaks Ca

    As a political consultant, yes. As a politician, no. But, it disturbs me that Newt Gingrich and John McCain, just to name a few, have not been demonized for their despicable treatment of their ex-wives.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  170. Kevin, Chester Springs PA

    He just got $35,000 for one speech! In the worst economic times since the great depression, that's already a pretty good comeback in my book.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  171. Audrey

    John Edwards certainly can make a comeback. He is adulterer like John MCCain was with his first wife.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  172. yvette

    Men seem to bounce back even when they have committed the ultimate sin... take Clinton for example. Had that been Hillary in The White House caring on like he was, her reputation would have been ruined forever. Not fair is it?

    Can Edwards bounce back? Yes.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  173. Georgia Gal

    Can Edwards make a comeback?

    No, no and oh ... did I say no??

    November 12, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  174. Marilyn, Oklahoma

    Perhaps you should ask Newt Gingrich and John McCain if it's possible to make a political comeback after cheating on your wife. I believe they have some personal insight on that question.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  175. Andrew from Palm Beach Gardens, Florida

    He ran in '04 as a war supporter and criticized those who opposed the war. Then he ran in '08 as a war opponent and criticized those who supported the war. He talked tough about how the policies of Clinton and Obama weren't bold enough to take on corporate America, and then wasn't bold enough himself to endorse either candidate until Obama basically wrapped up the nomination. He criticized greed and poor ethics in Washington, and then revealed that he had an affair, after risking that Republicans would sink his candidacy if he had gotten the nomination. I'm sure he's a nice man, but what exactly does John Edwards bring to the table that can't be provided by more durable, honest, and upfront political leaders?

    November 12, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  176. Jose from Hoboken, NJ

    I truly hope he stays home with his family. In my book he is done and the country is a better place for it.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  177. Sandi, Chicago

    John Edwards' political career is history! Americans love Elizabeth – I doubt that any of us will be able to forgive him for his actions. And, we have been down that road so many times with political figures – times to send a message to those that stray... we lost respect for you, so how can you be a leader?

    November 12, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  178. Warren in TEXAS

    I think he can come back Bill Clinton did.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  179. Bushwhacked in Eugene, OR

    I hope not. People lie, people have sex outside marriage and life goes on. But to do it under these circumstances, with a supposedly beloved wife dying of cancer, is unforgivable in my book. Not to mention hypocritcal.

    Reminds me of Newt Gingrich divorcing one of his wives while she was in a hospital in Georgia - I lived in Georgia at the time, was never a fan of Newt's, but again - the lowest of low actions.

    On the other hand, old Newt went through a couple of more wives, cheating on one with the next, all the while berating Bill Clinton and supporting impeachment. Now he's trying to make a comeback, so maybe people really don't care about the moral fiber of their politicians - or is that just conservative Republicans?

    November 12, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  180. Lucas in Pawling, NY

    To be honest Jack, I wouldn't have a problem if he did. If a car salesman was unfaithful to his wife I'd still buy a car from him if the price is right.
    I can't expect a politician to be less of a slimeball than any other person i encounter in my life.
    Sure it's disappointing if someone turns out to be of poor character, but hey we're talking about a politician here and he could have done worse – like invade a country and send soldiers to their death.

    Besides, who knows what kind of arrangement him and his wife had? I know of couples that have an "open relationship" – certainly not my cup of tea but, to each his own.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  181. Jay in Texas

    What, Jack, are you telling me that adultery is not a prerequisite for leadership roles in the Democratic and Republican parties?
    Brownwood, Texas

    November 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  182. Roy in Altamonte Springs, Florida

    Sure, he "could." But is that something anyone really wants at this point? Marital indiscretion is something that has occurred since the beginning of time. I think the real problem is and will be the idea that he risked the possibility of the Democratic party taking control of the White House by running for the office when he knew this "dirt" was just below the surface to destroy his chances if he had secured the nomination. Marital indiscretion.... forgiveable. Risking the entire platform of your pary like a moron.... not forgiveable.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  183. Bill - North Carolina

    Just do like John McCain, wait thirty years and run for President. No one seemed to hold McCain's "biggest mistake" against him.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  184. Linda B, Ga.

    Hey, IF Bill Clinton can and could get away with it, why not John Edwards? What he did morally is between him and his family, not the whole world. John Edwards morals might be shot, but, not his cares for the working class.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  185. Tonya from Mississippi

    Yes John McCain and Bill Clinton did

    November 12, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  186. Jimmy from NC

    Jack, the average person has a short attention span and memory, given time he will come back.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  187. Charles in Florida

    Jack, sure he can come back, as Joe the Plumber's running mate.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  188. Irv Lilley

    Hi Jack, My question, Does Edwards really want to come back into the spotlight? I think he could do just as much good behind the scenes. He is smart and can do alot to change the way businesses and the governament operate. If he wants to really help the average citizen.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  189. Eric

    Yes, I think Edwards can make a comeback because the democrates need his help to get United States back on track and help President-elect Barack Obama clan up the mess the Bush Administration has left for the Americans.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  190. Nettie

    John affair/lies are between his God and his family. It is not for us to judge him. He should come back. People do make mistakes no one is perfect. People can be forgiven for there transgrestions. Let look at how he can help this Country. I feel he can and right now we need all the help we can get, to get our Country back on track.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  191. Pat in NM

    Hopefully not. Haven't people had enough of these shysters, be they Democrats or Republicans, who present themselves as common people right after they spend $400 for a haircut or $150,000 for clothes and makeup?

    November 12, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  192. Sal

    Short and sweet Edwards is a loser....................

    November 12, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  193. Lynn, Columbia, Mo..

    Lying about your private life is not the same as lying to get us into a war. He would never do that. We all like our privacy, why can't they be given theirs? This 54 yr old broad doesn't care what people do on their own time. Live and let live, just do your job the best you can. We are not one dimensional and our temptations are personal. There's good and bad in all. Right, Jack? Sometimes I think life is just a series of disappointemnts and regrets. I don't begrudge him for being human.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  194. mithra5

    Yes Jack, – John Edwards can make a comeback but why would we want him to and/or why would he really want to and for what purpose anyway?
    He is not in office. He should help his wife and work at his law practice,

    November 12, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  195. PJ in Iowa

    He could make a comeback, but I wish he wouldn't. It's bad enough he lied about his affair until he had no choice but to admit it. He even put his political party at risk by continuing to run for President, even though he knew it was suspected by some sectors of the Press.
    But what's worse, he denied being the father of his youngest child. That is why I want him silent and cloistered in North Carolina for the next 75 years. No child of any age should suffer the rejection of a parent of any public notoriety. That shows lack of integrity enough to be cast from the public eye for a lifetime.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  196. E Barnett

    I supported John Edwards wholeheartedly in 2004 and for the earlier part of this campaign. I will NEVER support him again. I believed in him and in his love for his wife, Elizabeth. It formed the foundation for what I believed to be the strong character of this man. He has destroyed any respect I had for him. The fact that he obviously has a child he will not claim makes it even more disgusting. I truly wish his wife and his family well. I don't care to ever see him on the political front again. It would be a joke. Shame on you, John Edwards!

    November 12, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  197. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    Politics has always been the playground for those of dubious character and moral shortcomings. It is an arena best suited for scoundrels, therefor we do not have to stretch our imaginations very far to think that Edwards could resurface. Politicians do it all the time because politics is all they know.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  198. Quinn

    No, he can't comeback and good riddance to him. Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. I supported him back in 2004, and considered it this year, but he betrayed my trust. I mean...how stupid did he think people were? Did he really think this wouldn't get out into the open? If he had won the nomination, he could've potentially sunk the Democratic party and made them laughingstocks.

    November 12, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  199. Ed Reed

    He can if Newt Gingrich can.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    November 12, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  200. David, Baltimore MD

    It's plausible, but not possible. I don't think people really care or not that he had an extramarital affair; but what people do care about is how he led everyone else on – including his own staff – into what could very well had been a political disaster for the Democrats. Imagine if he was the nominee, or even the vice-presidential nominee.

    November 12, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  201. sandy in ohio

    Jack, as someone who knows that life threatening illness and other catastrophies can put stress on any relationship, I don't think we can judge John Edwards, only Elizabeth has that right. Wether he makes a comeback or not who can say. Stranger things have happened. In the end we are all human with the same failings and the same flaws.

    November 12, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  202. Al, ND

    His comeback has about as much chance as Sarah, they both are losers.

    November 12, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  203. Linda Kay -Minnesota

    I could have no interest in Mr. Edwards and his plans for his future. How could anyone believe anything he would say. He should go home and be a neighborhood organizer, help people who need help and have very little voice. He might find it very rewarding.

    November 12, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  204. Nonie

    In a word, NO.

    Nashville, Indiana

    November 12, 2008 at 4:30 pm |

    His wife forgave him and the Lord will too, as we all will be judged.
    There are many Repubs and Dems that have done the same.
    He will probably get a job elsewhere.

    November 12, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  206. Jimmy

    The government should not be in the business of bailing out anyone.
    We are going to see a change that we aren't going to like.

    November 12, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  207. Don


    November 12, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  208. Angela, Kentucky

    What would he be coming back to? Edwards knew his affair would be exposed yet he continued to allow people to donate their hard earned money to his doomed campaign. Plus, the "paternity" question still hangs over his head.

    I'm sure he can accomplish some good in public life, but, I can't imagine him ever being elected to the presidency.

    November 12, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  209. Rosie in Long Beach, NY

    I was more pissed at Edwards for building himself a McMansion and then passing himself off as a man of the people. The fact that he cheated on his wife, while it is hypocritical, is more common among politicians than I care to worry about.

    November 12, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  210. Ben Berkowitz

    Maybe. I don't trust him after what he did but the man does have some really great ideas/visions for this country. However, he has lost the respect of many Americans, so a place as Vice presidential or even presidential candidate is long lost. All I have to say is that I am grateful he didn't get nominated as President or even Vice President. My advice to him would be just to stay away.

    November 12, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  211. Rob - Houston, Texas

    Only time will tell!

    November 12, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  212. Alexander Dart in Nova Scotia

    With a new democratic icon about to step into office, the real question is, does anyone care?

    November 12, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  213. JB Villages

    The American People are very forgiving. After all we allowed Nixon to comeback. The result of that was watergate. Is the populace so devoid of people of character we recycle the failed. I hope Obama is different.

    November 12, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  214. Carlos C.

    He already has in my book, his mariage is his business just as long as he does whats right for the country. He's one of the people I wished would have spoken at the Democratic Convention and on the trail a long w/ Jimmy Carter, though I understand why he didn't. Some people focus on the wrong things.

    Let's just be greatfull he didn't win the primaries and choose Sarah Palin as his running mate, that $150,000 shopping spree would have been double! ==NJ

    November 12, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  215. Debbie

    No way and who would even want him to? The guy showed us his true colors, all talk no walk.

    November 12, 2008 at 4:59 pm |
  216. Cynthia, NJ

    I hope so. He's a good man.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  217. mce0004--Arlington, TX

    Bill Clinton did.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:00 pm |
  218. Andy in Houston

    I don't think so because it seems that his infidelity seemed worse for some reason. I guess with his wife being sick and all.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  219. Jessica

    Edwards is even too slick for politics.

    Palos Verdes, CA

    November 12, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  220. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    yes, but it will take time, probably one year even if I am sure he must be wishing by now to be part of the new administration.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:01 pm |
  221. Stephen from Raleigh

    John Edward's make a comeback? Comeback to what? His presidential candidacy was never an option. He couldn't even win the primary in his home state.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  222. Darlene

    I say no – even if he makes it past some of the men what women are going to forgive a man that cheats on his cancer stricken wife? Shame on John and shame on us if we hold such low standards for those making decisions for all of us.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  223. John

    Of course, anything is possible but I sincerely hope he fails.

    Adultery is bad enough, but when your wife has terminal breast cancer, it makes Edwards look and smell worse than a freshly killed skunk.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  224. Rob from Chicago

    The better question is "why?" If he's either occupied or failed to occupy all of the highest offices of the land (failed pres campaign x2), why would he *want* to try again? And after a spectacular failure like his crash-and-burn this year with the mistress problem (Newsweek rated him the first ever "-100" in their dignity index), why bother?

    No, don't think so. We have plenty of other good guys (and women) who don't have the baggage.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:02 pm |
  225. Chad

    Can John Edwards make a comeback? What has he ever done to make a comeback from? He lost his bid to be Vice-President. He lost his senate seat, and lost his bid to be president during the primaries. This all happened before his affair was acknowledged.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  226. Joe A

    Excuse me but isn't what he did EXACTLY what John McCain did a number of years ago to his first wife while she was recovering from an accident?

    November 12, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  227. Rakesh Sharma

    And why should we care whether he can make a comeback or not? A guy who can't care for his terminally ill wife of 30 years will never care for anyone.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:03 pm |
  228. Jose

    One word, CLINTON!

    November 12, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  229. Stella

    Why the heck not? He has a lot to offer, certainly more than the Governor from Alaska.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  230. Tina Howard

    The question should be "Why is a university paying $35,000 for John Edwards to speak with the current financial crisis in college funding?

    Tuition is excessively high and all these misuse of funds is paid for by the students.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  231. Steve

    Absolutely not – this guy is just a sleazy plaintiffs attorney with a pretend folksy charm.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:04 pm |
  232. Felicia (in Georgia)

    He could probably serve as a corporate consultant somewhere. As a politician, he's toast!!!

    November 12, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  233. ainnj

    A comeback as what, a losing candidate? Sure.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:05 pm |
  234. Valene

    Of course he can make a comeback. This is American! It is just a matter of what he comes back to?

    November 12, 2008 at 5:06 pm |
  235. Lisa PA

    No, he outright lied to the voters. His poor, dying wife – how sad. Good riddance

    November 12, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  236. gail Centre, Al.

    Not in my book, if I were him I would be ashamed to show my face anywhere. He has total disregard for his family. He is all wrapped up in himself, whatever John wants John get's, and no one else matters. DISGUSTING.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  237. Patricia Griffith

    Not going to happen. I used to be impressed by him, but he has lost all credibility. It goes beyond the affair. It's the sick wife that we are not going to get over.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  238. Jeffrey from LA, California

    I believe that John Edwards can make a comeback in the political arena. He has done all he can in apologizing about his affair and I think that people should get over what he did, and judge him based on political views for whatever future office he runs for.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  239. Grant

    John Edwards is a good man. He is just like any other man. He too fell short of God. I think he can make a comeback.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  240. LaVida

    No way! He is an arrogant liar. What if he won the Dem. nomination and his affair hit the papers? The Dem ticket would have gone down without an fight. He needs to stay home and take care of his family.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  241. Mike

    I think Edwards has a lot of merit politically despite things. However to cheat on your cancerous wife with an employee and use your ongoing presidential campaign as a shield from her making a stink about it, is pretty low.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  242. Joe

    Who even cares?

    November 12, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  243. Andy

    Mr. Edwards has been a fine public servant, despite what I believe can be considered a poor choice in his private life. But the choices in his private life don't effect us as Americans, they only effect him and his family. What does effect us, however, is his actions as a politican. That is what he should be judged on, and in that capacity I believe he has a lot to offer the American people.

    Wooster, Ohio

    November 12, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  244. Paul Parrot

    No Way!!

    November 12, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  245. dee

    A comeback? Sure why doesn't he help with AIDS epidemic or lift up families devistated by poverty or contribute to rebuilding New Orleans. These are ways he can "come back" and atone for his selfish antics.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  246. Will Dover of Georgia

    Mr. Edwards would be wonderful as the President, or any postition. Just because that woman chased after him, and he feel for it does not make him a bad person. That just proves that he is human, he makes mistakes.

    Move on!

    November 12, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  247. Lenz Dalusma

    Why not...we still love Bill Clinton!!!

    November 12, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  248. Dorothy Cooper

    John Edwards has lost his credibility. He may make a minor comeback, but he will never be a viable candidate for a major national office. You can't separate his actions in his personal life from his ability to do a job. He has shown his true nature, and that character will affect all aspects of his life.

    Dorothy – Deptford, NJ

    November 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  249. Rob

    I don't know, cheating on your wife who is dying of terminal cancer its a pretty hard sell even in politics.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  250. Mary Jean Foster

    It will be up to the people of North Carolina as to whether he can make a come back an represent them. Can they trust him? I don't think on a national level he has a chance.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  251. Jordan

    Stranger things have happened, but I do not think he will. I think he will go the way of Gary Hart.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  252. norm b

    No way Jack, his head need to be in the sand

    November 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  253. Alec in Sacramento

    If Bill Clinton could comeback after the Lewinsky affair – then yes Edwards can too. Although it will take much more time and it would need a public reconciliation with his wife.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  254. Joe Asher

    Absolutely. His transgressions were personal and moral, not criminal. While his affair is especially distasteful considering his wife's health, this is just another case of people who live in glass houses throwing stones. I want the best leaders to run my party/country, regardless of their bedroom habits.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  255. Bobby

    come back to what? his career is a reputation for failure and one valid cause which won't be solved by renting motel rooms and buying the mistress a drink

    November 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  256. Steven from Frankfort, IL

    No. Politically, Edwards is DEAD! His carcas lies with the likes of Gary Hart.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  257. Kate in CT

    As a former supporter of John Edwards I advise him not to try to make a comeback. I hope he just goes away to lead a quiet life, trying to make up to his children for the pain he's caused, maybe raise money to find a cure for breast cancer. That would be a good penance.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  258. Jack, Chicago IL

    If "make a comeback" means hold any elected office in the United States of America, absolutely not. His wife's forgiveness is inconsequential politically.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  259. William

    Jack....One word about an Edwards comback: NO!!!!

    November 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  260. Janet in Georgia

    Can he make a comeback? Two words: "Newt Gingrich".

    November 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  261. Laura

    John McCain did pretty well I would say. If I am remembering correctly it was a similar situation.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  262. Ashley, 25, MD

    Does he deserve another chance? Of course. We all make stupid mistakes, and the truth is that John Edwards did an excellent job as Senator and is a true advocate for those living in poverty. However, the real question here is whether or not the American public (or the American media) will allow him to have another chance. And the answer to that question is, sadly, "no."

    November 12, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  263. Mike, Houston

    Lord I hope not.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  264. Laural

    John Edwards is done, finished, kaput! He has shown that carnal desire is more important than life, ie Elizabeth's. He will never regain my support, as a woman and has a human being I find him disgusting.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  265. Red, Brooklyn, NY

    Jack, all things are possible; especially in politics. But, in reality, if he expects to have any validity with the "understanding public", he's going to have to come clean, confess with believability, and show a serious remorse for his actions.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  266. Mickey in Manitoba

    On the national stage, maybe not.
    But hey, the guy had an affair. That's all. He didn't write torture orders or subvert the constitution in any way. Boinking someone other than your spouse is wrong, but not such a big deal compared to that. Nor is it nearly as wrong as Cheney's penchant for going to so-called game farms to shoot defenceless birds.
    Perspective, people. Let's keep our perspective.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  267. Barbara from Hollywood, CA

    Of course Edwards can make a come-back.

    While his adulterous actions were distasteful and thoughtless, his wife didn't leave him. And after Clinton's behavior in the White House, he's still greatly admired by many Americans, and still has Hillary.

    Cheating is never good, and almost always has a stiff price to pay, but it's not a criminal act.

    Given enough time, Edwards' good qualities will resurface, and memories of the scandal will pass. Americans really are a forgiving lot.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  268. Margi Peters

    Why is it that one public servant can skate under the profile of public opinion and repercussion and another gets raked over the coals? Unfortunately most do make a comeback, and hopefully Edwards does not.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  269. Nathaniel

    Edwards failed in his attempt to become VP and President I think its time that he accept the fact that he will not reach the White house as commander in chief and find something else to do with his time.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  270. Bertha

    Who knows, but I have a suggestion. Edwards and Palin could move to another country and run for office there, but please... not in the USA.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  271. Phil

    Sure, why not? Look at the popularity of Bill Clinton. How many affairs has he had again?

    November 12, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  272. Richard

    Not anytime soon. I supported Edwards through the primaries (with Obama being a close backup plan), and thought that he had the charisma and genuine concern about poverty and better jobs for the working class that would make him a real leader on these issues and more. But I've been very disappointed, and I even feel burned as a former supporter. What was he thinking? Had he won the nomination, it would have been disastrous and given us 4 more years of Bush/McCain policies. But I can't help but think about how his talent and vision may yet come back and he may one day rehabilitate his name in politics.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  273. Diana

    I cannot imagine any leader looking for support or guidance from John Edwards. I think Sarah Palin has a better shot in 2012!

    November 12, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  274. Kathy

    Why not? Bill Clinton is one of the darlings of the Democratic party again, inspite of his numerous trists. Now he makes hundreds of thousands still on speaking engagements and books...John Edwards is just following in a great American's footsteps!

    November 12, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  275. Justin, Milwaukee

    As sick as it sounds, I think John Edwards can come back from this. We forget that Americans have a very short term memory. It was just eight years ago that the we thought that Bill Clinton was finished now he is thought by many to be one of this countries best presidents.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  276. Richard

    Certainly, but only if he switches to the Republican Party. John McCain had numerous affairs while married to his first wife, left her when she was ill and married Cindy. He just ran for President. Republicans have no problem as long as it is within their party.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  277. Kim in Leesburg, Virginia

    John Edwards may try to make a political comeback. But I sure hope he doesn't waste our time. It is true what others have said that many of our politicians have show their moral shortcomings in the public square. But what John Edwards did what inexcusable and incomprehensible. Cheating on your cancer-stricken wife while running for the highest elected office in the United States? Despicable and SHAMEFUL! Why would anyone ever vote for him again?

    November 12, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  278. Kris

    Yes, I think that he can and should make a come back, If viewers will remember the universal healthcare plan the the democrats won on was originally his. He is the only candidate to talk about the poor as well as the middle class, and was the first to run on a no lobbyist platform. I think that it is detestable that his career could be ruined over an affair that has no specific effect on his ability to govern. He is not the only person to have an extra marital affair and many of the people that are condemning him and not just his actions, may be guilty of it themselves; I do not know why anyone cares.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  279. Kevin

    Edwards' problem isn't just his affair; it is that his resume is almost blank. He had one term as a senator in a state he couldn't carry as the VP nominee. He has no particular experience or specialty on the national stage, so he is unlikely to make a comeback like someone like Gary Hart, who never regained presidential nominee status, but was respected for his foreign policy savy.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  280. Todd from Detroit

    He certainly can have a comeback. It amazes me how many people want to throw stones when they live in a glass house themselves. "Let any man cast the first stone who is free of sin". That leaves most of us out of the ballgame. Edwards is a great man that has helped thousands of people. So he screws up and we throw him under the bus...please get real. People screw-up.. we are not machines. His wife is beyond it, we should honor her and support John Edwards.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  281. Mahnaz

    Well Jack,
    how about Sarah Palin for president, and Edwards for Vice President in the 2012 ticket, or vice versa?

    November 12, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  282. D thompson


    I too believe that Edwards is a sleaze. However, why was it not brought out the McCain is an adulterous as well . His wife did not have cancer but was still recovering from a very bad car accident. Seems like everyone wants to forget that. Talk about going back on a promise. Disgusting!

    November 12, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  283. Diane Memphis

    I am not his judge and I would be open to listen to his thoughts. As far as a comeback, that would depend on his actions over time.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  284. Zachary Roddy Stillwater, OK

    Edwards can make a comeback. He has support across the country, and had a clearly defined niche in the democratic primaries. This support has not faded.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  285. Annette from Columbus, Ohio

    If John Edwards can't keep his marriage vows, how can anyone believe he will keep the oath of President?

    November 12, 2008 at 5:16 pm |
  286. Joseph M. D'Amore

    I thought comebacks were for winners, Pretty Boy is no winner! Harrisburg PA

    November 12, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  287. James

    Of course he can.

    Many Americans are adulterers at some point in their lives.

    No person should be held to standards beyond what's humanly possible.

    We should only try to understand what happened to prevent similar circumstances from happening in our own lives, if we feel that the result would be detrimental to ourselves or society.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  288. Arnetta Pullin

    Jack, I don't get it. But,of course Edwards can make a come-back. As long as all of the guys who commit adultery have their wives solemnly standing by their side as though they were guilty as well, then after time, folk just shrug and say , "well if his wife has forgiven him, we might as well go along.

    We never learn or maybe it's just that folk just don't care. Simply pass the popcorn and the remote.

    Annette, IL

    November 12, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  289. Elaine Foster

    I hope not! It's time for Americans to stop turning their back on this kind of moral conduct and begin punishing violators in the manner they deserve. This should begin at home. Elizabeth, kick the guy out!

    November 12, 2008 at 5:17 pm |
  290. Ben Lashbaugh, Rough And Ready, CA

    Sure, Edwards didn't do anything that half the politicians in Washington haven't done. He just got caught by the paparazzi. But his timing WAS bad. He's still an advocate for the rights of the common man.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  291. Steve in MN

    Why not? Americans nearly, and foolishly, elected John McCain, a member of the Keating Five, even after we were thrust into the worst economic situation of our time. Being linked to corruption in the savings and loan scandal did little to thwart McCain's support by those who have little concern for ethics in government.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  292. E. Lemay

    Why not? Did not John McCain do as bad if not worse than Edwards?

    November 12, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  293. Phil, georgia

    Edwards should be allowed to make a comeback. You can't just label everybody and throw the baby out with the dirty bathwater. Edwards got alot of noble causes that he fights hard for which would help all of America. I believe only when its so obssesive and damaging to work or family life should it be publicly reprimanded.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  294. Donna

    Not in this political climate. We're ready to treat our country and its people with respect - that's why we elected Obama.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  295. landon

    In my point of view, there sholud be a law against people like John Edwards being allowed into a position with any significant power.
    John Edwards has proved multiple times that he doesn't belong anywhere near the American government. Thanks for listening.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  296. Patrick Lopez, San Antonio, TX

    In order to make a come back, you have to be in the in, in the first place. John Edwards was never anything more then a one-hit-wonder who can't get it through his head that he never was a star to begin with.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  297. Casey77

    I think he can, just give him time. Politicians are too dumb to quit and the American people have little or no memory. Just take a look at history.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  298. Nabil Howshar

    Just what exactly does adultery have anything to do with being a
    successful politician ?

    November 12, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  299. Susan

    He can but he shouldn't. It's time to take care of his wife and family and get rid of the ego.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  300. Rebecca

    I guess if Americans can forget and forgive former President Clinton, I guess anything is possible.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  301. Devoted Democrat

    I believe everyone deserves a second chance, but Edwards has no future in politics. I know I couldn't vote for him. I generally don't hold it against a politician if he's a skirt chaser. But he cheated on his wife when she was ill and needed support. I think he needs to stay out of the limelight.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  302. Valerie Lorenzini

    I think what John Edwards did was between him and his wife. He has great ideas why couldn't he make a difference? If we crucified all the men who had affairs and took their jobs or popularity away we wouldn't have many men left. How many corporate leaders have had affairs? Come on..How many family value republicans did worse thing than John Edwards

    November 12, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  303. Dan

    YES. And Barack Obama should consider including him in his administration to lead the war on poverty. Republicans know a thing or two about scandals and would be wise not to raise a fight. They should also know something about forgiveness.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  304. KJ

    For sure, he was well liked during the elections. Democrats forgive and forget, especially if his wife has. Besides, have we forgotten the story of how McCain and Cindy met? We can not have different strokes for different folks.


    November 12, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  305. Grace B., San Francisco, CA

    YES! Edwards will make a comeback. Why not? John McCain had an adulterous affair with his present wife Cindy ; never stopped him from becoming athe Republican Presidential candidate. I think Edwards is still very much respected among liberals. He will make a comeback. Just watch.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  306. Daniel from Hannover Germany

    Jack!!! we´ve had a lot with american politics, i think Edward should go and look for something to do not politcs anymore. This´s disgracefull not just to america but for those who are practising american way of government. I respect Edward but he should give me a brake and give the world a brake too..

    November 12, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  307. Reuben

    I am not a Edwards fan but the problem in American politics is that all the personal stuff is drug in, Edwards was running for the Pesident of the USA, he was not running to get the Popes job.

    This applys to anyone running for that position

    November 12, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  308. Dan

    Bill Clinton is still here. So is Newt Gingrich.

    Let's be specific about the issue, here. Edwards lied to the American public and his supporters, and ran for President anyway. We should demand our politicians be honest when it comes to actions that affect us. But everything else is between him and his family. If they can forgive him, then so should we. It's not like he misled us into a reckless and phony war.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  309. Paul F. Caron

    Given the country's appetite for the sleeze, it could be a bit early yet, but in another month or so, when more and newer sleeze will have come, all will be forgotten for Mr. Edwards. He might just do that! Jack I bought your book. Thanks for being a watchman for us.
    Paul, AZ

    November 12, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  310. Eric

    I sure hope John Edwards makes a comeback. Despite his campaign gaffs and personal moral failings, let's not forget that he was the only politician in this race who extended the campaign rhetoric beyond the middle class to include the working poor and economically distressed. So many of our core domestic problems are directly related to the issue of poverty in America, and we need politicians who are willing to include the working poor in their political dialogue.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  311. Steveland Morris

    $35,000-dollar speech fees at major American universities?
    He already has made a comeback.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  312. Carolyn Brunschwyler

    People have short memories. I believe McCain actually lived with Cindy before he was divorced from his first wife!

    November 12, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  313. Grace

    In a country where we impeach the President for lying about an affair, you can not make a comeback from cheating on your cancer-ridden wife. It has nothing to do with his politics, but his affair was just cruel.

    Well, wait a minute, if he was Republican and it was about 20 years in the future, maybe because the media/Republican party would just "forget" to mention it like they did with John McCain.

    I don't know the answer, but either way it would a very long time for most people to forget if they ever did.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  314. tiffany

    Who knows...But you asked why IU would want him on campus....As a IU alum who still loves Bobby Knight, I can tell you that if we can forgive him, we can forgive John Edwards.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:25 pm |
  315. Allen in Hartwell, GA

    Jack, as a former Edwards supporter and volunteer campaign worker, I'd say that if Elizabeth can make a public statement that she has prayed about this and forgiven John, then I see no reason why the American citizens should hold a grudge. We have people with worse sins or crimes currently serving the public.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  316. hperez

    I still don't understand how his affair has anything to do with politics. Apparently, we hold politicians to higher standards, except for Alaska's own Sen. Stevens. His infidelity is no one else's business and I challenge anyone to make a coherent argument about how it would affect his leadership abilities.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  317. kaetc81

    Looking back through history, some of our greatest presidents had "friends'; they just didn't suffer from our high tech scrutiny. Makes you wonder if they would survive in today’s political arena.

    Give him a chance, nobody's perfect.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  318. Kevin

    Well since the majority of this country seems to have no moral compass at all any more I don't see why not. Look who we just elected president after all.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  319. Carol

    Hmmm, can Jonh Edwards bounce back... let me see now, how many times and how many news shows have interviewed Newt Gingrich and treated him with great respect? Yet as I recall, he has had and cheated on a least a couple of wives prior to his most recent wife. Who, by the way, he was cheating on his previous wife with while working to get President Clinton impeached.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  320. Dan Marino

    Jack, I am ashamed to admit I was an Edwards supporter for the Presidency in 2004 and 2008. I feel terrible thinking that I asked people to vote for him while he was lying to all of us. When you lose the trust of the people who were most loyal to you... no he is done politically.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  321. Fari Farahani

    Why not? Open the door and let him in. He will have plenty of company in the room including public officials and company CEOs who have betrayed public trust and pretty much got away with it. It seems our nation has lost its moral compass, and as the result, its soul. I remember my dad having high regards for the U.S. when he supported my decision to study in the U.S. I wonder what he might say now if he were alive.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  322. Gary Hart

    No. No one will allow him to get away with that monkey business.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  323. Zelda

    I think so. He is paying for his mistake, and now that is between his wife and himself.

    We need him to speak on behalf of impoverished people here. The rich don't need and advocate and everyone goes on and on about the middle class. The poor need an advocate. They need John Edwards.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  324. John Roades


    I think the question we should be asking is should he instead of can he, and the answer is abosolutely not.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  325. Jerry Milner

    Montgomery, AL

    I don't agree with what he did with the affair. However, he has done a lot of great things with his life and should be afforded an opportunity to do more.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  326. Joe - Chicago, IL

    Had it been something minor, like flagrant violations of the constitution, using govornment money as a private piggy bank, or voting to authorize an unneccessary war that is going to harm our nation for years to come, sure. But since this is a sex scandle, he's done.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  327. Katherine Strong

    Being an adulterer would not preclude him from a political comeback. Being an adulterer with a vulnerable wife with cancer would preclude him from a political comeback.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  328. Vinod

    I think he is a standup guy. Why not, he should come back.

    Going by today's standards, he is almost spotless. Hope he has some good ideas.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  329. Glen

    I won't stand on moral high ground and say whether John Edwards is worthy of making a comeback – what I will say is, I don't think the Democratic Party should forgive John Edwards for pursuing the presidential nomination, knowing full well that his sins would have cost the democrats the entire election if he'd been caught as their presidential candidate. Under those circumstances, McCain would have simply won the election by default.

    November 12, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  330. Frank Erdman

    Absolutely. This is America, the country of second chances. Senator Edwards gives voice to the voiceless, and deserves to be heard. For the sake of all hard working people in this nation who need a hand-up, not a hand-out, I hope and pray that Senator Edwards will continue to be a force for justice. And he has my vote in 2012, or whenever, whether he is running for President, Senator, or dog catcher

    November 12, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  331. Mort

    With all due respect to Sen. Edwards, I don’t believe he’ll be able to make a comeback. However, even with the pricetag, I’m sure his haircut will.

    Eldorado, IL

    November 12, 2008 at 5:36 pm |