Okay, Bill Clinton attempted to parse what the meaning of the word “is” was. And that was wrong. But John Edwards is now world renowned for claiming that his blatant affair was miraculously shoehorned into the small space marked off on the one side by his wife’s cancer going into remission, and on the other by a second terminal cancer diagnosis. You’d think Edwards had reached his maximal degree of sheer unadulterated stupidity, wouldn’t you? But no, friends. No.
Like Spitzer, Edwards has apparently decided it’s time to test the waters again. You know, to see if the waters will bear additional stupidity.
When asked by the Washington Post whether it was wrong or unethical or imprudent or dumb as a post to continue the run for President when everyone and their brother knew that he was cheating on his terminally ill wife, Edwards grew thoughtful.
“Did it make sense to run and stay in the race? Time will tell,” Edwards told the Washington Post in an interview published on the paper’s Web site Wednesday.
Now look, when Dick Cheney or George Bush say that time will tell whether the invasion of Iraq was justified, it’s wrong and cowardly, but at least you know what they mean. They mean that there’s still a .001% chance that Iraq will lead the rest of the Middle East to Jeffersonian Democracy and rename itself The United Emirates of Bush.
But what does Edwards mean when he says that “time will tell” whether it was a good move to run for President in light of his semi-public infidelity?
That he may yet wind up winning the 2008 campaign? That history will one day realize that Elizabeth Edwards was not an admirable, long-suffering American icon but a figure of immense evil who deserved everything she got and more?
That Edwards’s love child may one day discover a cure for cancer, and dedicate a 2032 Nobel Prize to the courageous, free-loving father who made it all possible?
Let VDB put it bluntly, John: time already told. You lost. And you lost your self-respect, as well as the respect of everyone for whom you ever claimed to be speaking. Deal with it.
And by dealing with it, we don’t mean going on television and speculating about a future world which will look kindly on your sins. We mean deal with it. Drop an email if you’re still confused.