It's really too bad you can't just throw someone in jail for being an asshole. John Edwards was acquitted on one count of violating campaign finance law and a mistrial was declared on the five others. The jury deliberated for nine days, but could only come to an agreement on the one count from 2008 -- on the rest of the charges, they were deadlocked. It's not yet been confirmed whether or not he will face another trial -- it's up to the prosecutors if they want to refile.
I really can't stand to see John Edwards win. Really can't.
I just want to smack the smug grin right off his face. He epitomizes the slimy politician and there's nothing that makes my skin crawl more than him giving a hearty, down-home wave to a crowd. And that mug shot of his? Who smiles like that for a mug shot? What a slime ball. The thought of him winning another round is more than a little disturbing.
I know we've forgiven Elliot Spitzer for hiring prostitutes and it's downright cool these days to declare how in love you are with our former impeached president, Bill Clinton, but I hope against all hope that Edwards just crawls under a rock and never comes out.
I don't want to see him on cable news networks (like Spitzer), I don't want to see him getting involved with foreign policy (like Clinton), and I certainly don't want to see him smiling in front of any more cameras.
Edwards seems to have come out unscathed. Well, that's not entirely true -- hopefully whatever sort of political aspirations he had have been shot to hell. He's emerged not so much unscathed as unpunished, and that just stings. I think a lot of us wanted to see him pay for the way he treated his wife, for the way he lied to his family, and to America, but today's not that day. He's heading home.
Just because he was acquitted and there was a mistrial doesn't mean he's not guilty. He's guilty of a lot of stuff -- just not stuff you can necessarily throw a person in jail for. Bummer.
What do you think of John Edwards?
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