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Digest for August 7th through August 11th

Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for August 7th through August 11th:

  • Edwards Affair Casts a Shadow – You have to wonder if there is a gene for philandering closely linked to the political ambition gene.
  • Maureen Dowd: Keeping it Rielle – International Herald Tribune – The stunning admission Edwards made to ABC's Bob Woodruff, and in a written statement from Chapel Hill, North Carolina, on Friday afternoon, was that he's a narcissist. He admitted that wallowing in "self-focus" out on the trail and thinking you're "special" can result in a solipsism that "leads you to believe you can do whatever you want, you're invincible and there'll be no consequences."
  • Truthdig – Reports – The Two John Edwardses – To the extent that he has faced the music, that is. He was forthright and plainspoken with ABC correspondent Bob Woodruff about the central facts—his relationship with Hunter, his having lied about it repeatedly, his betrayal of his marriage. But when pressed on certain details, Edwards retreated into lawyerly precision.
  • Open Left:: John and Elizabeth Edwards’s Mistake Was Not a Big Deal – So anyway, one frustrating part of this whole situation is how the cult of personality piece is playing out in an extremely misogynistic and invasive way, how Elizabeth Edwards is seen as the wounded woman deserving of chivalrous praise while John Edwards is considered the betraying scornful husband. That is just lame. She's not a possession, and he's not a manly saint. If she asks for privacy and a non-judgmental pose, then give it to them. They worked this out, or at least that's what she says. So let them deal with their marriage. And politically, if he betrayed their followers, she betrayed their followers as well, so hold them both accountable if you feel so strongly about his bad judgment. Anything less is just residual sexism.
  • Talking Points Memo | The Recent Unpleasantness – Edwards made a strong run for the presidency knowing full well that he was carrying on an affair, at least in the early stages of the campaign, which could come to light in the midst of the general election and fatally damage all Democrats' hopes for regaining the presidency. Just think how fun this weekend would be if John Edwards had won the nomination. Indeed, it seems clear that the aftermath of the affair was such that the chances of its coming to light were substantial. It's a level of recklessness and selfishness that I probably shouldn't but still do find shocking.
  • FiveThirtyEight.com: Electoral Projections Done Right: Subtext Conflict: Celebrity Vs. Otherness – How can someone being portrayed as "the biggest celebrity in the world" also be painted as radical and out of the mainstream? Either Obama is like Britney Spears and Paris Hilton: a fluffy, substanceless, mass-consumed but empty celebrity-for-celebrity’s sake, or he is an unfamiliar and dangerous other with a hidden anti-American agenda.
  • How Is John McCain’s Affair Different from John Edwards’? | Election 2008 | AlterNet – So, why are McCain's actions any more excusable than Edwards'? Because it was thirty years ago? Does that wash it away? Will we be fine with Edwards running for office again in a couple of years because then it will all be in the past? What is the statute of limitations on an affair?
  • Open Left:: On Edwards – It is pathetic that, as a nation, we are even talking about this. The President of France, Nicolas Sarkozy, was divorced only four months after he took office. Within a year of taking office, both he and his wife had remarried. The net result was a seven-point drop in his approval rating, most of which wasn't even attributable to his personal life. We really need to grow up as a country. Our collective lack of maturity about sex is pathetic.
  • Gay Marriage, Church, Politics and Christian Music « – A Christian music artist cancels a performance at a San Diego rally, after learning the purpose is to rally voters against same-sex marriage in California. His brother posts about it and asks, "lastly, if you took a 30,000 foot view of how the church is and has dealt with the Gay and Lesbian community in this past 30 years to present what would you have to say about it?"
  • Truth Wins Out – Meanness Exemplified: P.C. Ex-Gay Retaliation against Kind Gestures – Georgia-based ex-gay activist D.L. Foster is something of a leader within Exodus Global Alliance. In recent years, Exodus has given Foster an international soapbox from which Foster affirmed violence and imprisonment in Jamaica and Barbados as tactics to coerce local gay people to closet themselves and pretend to be heterosexual.

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