When it comes to sex scandals, politicians like Arnold Schwarzenegger and John Edwards really outdid themselves. Edwards carried on an affair that produced a child while his longtime wife was dying of cancer, and Schwarzenegger fathered a child with his housekeeper, who continued to work for him and his wife for another decade. These contemptible details guarantee little sympathy from the public, and now for Edwards some serious karma in the form of a grand jury indictment and possible jail time.
This morning, the former senator, vice presidential candidate, and progressive sweetheart was indicted on charges that he violated campaign finance law while trying to hide his mistress Rielle Hunter and her pregnancy from the public while running for president. He's charged with illegally using almost $1 million of donor money for Hunter's housing, medical care, and travel in order to protect his campaign.
Edwards's defense is that he used the money for private purposes, namely to keep his late wife, Elizabeth, from finding out about Hunter, therefore he wasn't required to report the donations. But since the affair would have harmed his campaign, it's hard to argue the cover-up was not part of his political strategy. If American presidential campaigns focused less on personal scandals and more on policies, maybe Edwards wouldn't have had to worry about his infidelity being exposed. But we all know that's not the America we live in.
Are you surprised Edwards is facing serious consequences?