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    For the time being, I think former North Carolina senator and VP candidate John Edwards holds this dubious distinction.

    As if having an extramarital affair on his terminally-ill wife weren't bad enough, the NY Times is reporting that Edwards is close to publicly admitting that he is the father of Rielle Hunter's baby daughter.

    A former Edwards aide is saying that his boss wanted him to pose as the father's child. And now, that same aide is saying that Edwards promised to marry Hunter after Elizabeth Edwards dies.... in a rooftop ceremony with the Dave Matthews Band performing.

    Say what you will about Bill Clinton. But for all of the headaches that he got from Whitewater and Monica Lewinsky, Clinton was able to rehabilitate and repair his reputation. I don't see how John Edwards will be able to do the same.

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    How's his hair holding up?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Walkoff Balk View Post
    How's his hair holding up?
    Edwards hair is holding up about the same as the hair of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who may actually pass Edwards as the most despised politician. And who probably deserves to.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui View Post
    Edwards hair is holding up about the same as the hair of former Illinois governor Rod Blagojevich, who may actually pass Edwards as the most despised politician. And who probably deserves to.
    I second that.

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    I'm not condoning what Edwards did but I don't know that it makes him the most despised politician. He's certainly not the only politician to have cheated on a wife with cancer or to have fathered a child out of wedlock. I also lost some sympathy for Elizabeth Edwards after the interviews she did and the book she wrote seeming to capitalize on the situation. I'm not saying that it's her fault in any way that John cheated on her but I find it distasteful that she admits that she knew about his affair before he ran for president and she kept quiet about it until after he lost. She was criticized, rightfully so I think, for not just allowing but encouraging people to devote a tremendous amount of energy, time, effort and money to supporting John when she knew that this would derail him if he didn't get knocked out of the running sooner.

    If you're talking about sheer emotion, I suspect at least in some quarters, Obama is the most despised politician right now and in others, Bush/Cheney. Pelosi receives a fair amount of vitriol as does Ted Kennedy notwithstanding that he recently died. A fair amount of our population don't care (or don't care deeply) what our politicians do in their personal lives (or it would be really exhausting to keep track of all the cheating politicians) but do care about things that affect our economy, the lives of our people, the military and national security. For the most part, Edwards strikes me as irrelevant now and perhaps that's the worst punishment for him.

    eta: Irrelevant as a politician and as far as the general public goes, not, of course, with respect to the lives of his family and his former mistress.
    Last edited by Adri; September 22nd, 2009 at 10:50 AM.

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    An argument that Rod Blagojevich was among the most corrupt politicians can definitely be made. But Blago's downfall wasn't exactly Earth-shattering news, considering his steeped background in the mucky arena known as Chicago politics. Heck, an Illinois Governor going to prison isn't anything new! Otto Kerner Jr. and Dan Walker, anyone?

    With his squeaky clean image and populist appeal, John Edwards came from a different mold. Or so we thought! And that to me makes Edward's lies and coverups all the more diabolical and despicable. Unlike Blago, this was a man that had a serious chance at becoming this nation's President. If that doesn't give anyone here the shivers, I don't know what will!

    Say what you will about Blago. But once he either does the time or manages to clear the legal hurdles, it wouldn't be the most shocking development for the ex-Illinois Gov. (tarnished image and all) to become a media celebrity and folk hero type, just like G. Gordon Liddy and Ollie North. Blago, in fact, has already done a stint as a radio talk show host.

    John Edwards, OTOH? Can anyone imagine him being a radio talk show host? A paid speaker on the speech circuit? A spokesperson/frontman for a charitable organization? Yeah right!!! At this point, Edwards and everything he touches is toxic. Edwards will be a ZERO in terms of influence, sympathy, and credibility. His public life is over. Mark my words. There will be no redemption and second chance for him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adri View Post
    If you're talking about sheer emotion, I suspect at least in some quarters, Obama is the most despised politician right now
    There's no question that any incumbent President evokes strong emotions, positive and negative. Certainly, Obama has his share of critics who get before the news cameras espousing their vocal opinions.

    But before you think of Obama as being "despised," you might consider this interesting nugget.

    NBC News/WSJ released a poll today, where 51% of the respondents approved of the job Obama is doing. 41% disapprove.

    In that very same poll, 77% of those same people say they personally like Obama, while only 20% did not like him. That's an obvious indication that over 25% of the respondents may not have approved his job performance or agreed with his policies,..... but they still like him. So I don't know. Calling our current President the most despised politician seems to be quite out of step with a poll that shows Obama enjoying a better than 3/4 likeability rating.

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