George Stephanopoulos says he has spoken to former staffers of John Edwards who claimed they hatched “doomsday” strategy to end his campaign if it looked like he was actually going to win the Democratic nomination, since his affair might have jeopardized the Democrats’ general election chances. I have no idea if this is true or just self-serving, after-the-fact nonsense but it does raise a question: What kind of people work on a campaign they think would be a disaster for their party and country if it were successful?
This entire Edwards spectacle has been revolting. First, Edwards decides to run for president while behaving in such a manner, as if the country was in such dire need of his services. His wife, suffering from cancer that is incurable and likely terminal, plays a starring role in that campaign. Then Edwards is disgraced and Elizabeth Edwards is extending her 15 minutes of fame by continuing to keep this personal tragedy in the public spotlight. Now we hear about Edwards staffers who were preparing a kamikaze mission in the event that their sales job in Iowa succeeded in reviving the flagging presidential campaign for which they worked.
Is there anyone with any decency in this political circle? The level of self-absorption on display here — and remember, the Edwardses have children — is almost unbelievable, even by Washington standards.