Former candidate was a fraud

How low can they go?

It will be up to jurors to decide if former Democratic Party presidential candidate John Edwards knowingly violated federal campaign donation laws to keep his affair with his pregnant mistress secret.

But the verdict is clear in one important aspect — this guy is a lying, deceitful, duplicitous snake so out of touch with reality that he was still hoping President Obama would make him attorney general even as he was engulfed by political scandal.

Edwards, a former U.S. senator from North Carolina, was the Democratic Party's vice presidential candidate in 2004. In 2008, he was regarded as a serious presidential aspirant, one who simultaneously milked the public's sympathy because of his late wife's battle with cancer while maintaining an affair with a campaign aide.

The Edwards scandal was not just damaging to Edwards, it also was embarrassing to the news media. It was The National Enquirer, not the major news networks or big city newspapers, that disclosed the scandal that Edwards had fathered a child with his mistress.

The case against Edwards is based on his use of campaign donors' money to hide his mistress and move her all over the country to evade the news media.

He insists that he never knowingly violated the law, and his lawyers may be able to raise a reasonable doubt among jurors. But no one could have any doubt about Edwards, a craven liar who talked one way in public and another in private.

Even by the sometimes tawdry standards of our elected officials, he sets a new low for unseemly conduct.

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