No, Rielie, really she did.
The stunning admission Edwards made to ABC’s Bob Woodruff, and in a written statement from Chapel Hill on Friday afternoon, was that he’s a narcissist.
Even in confessing to preening, Edwards was preening. His diagnosis of narcissism was weirdly narcissistic, or was it self-narcissistic? Given his diagnosis, I’m sure his H.M.O. would pay.
He has an affair with Hunter, while he’s honing his speech on the imperative to “live in a moral, honest, just America.” A married former aide says he’s the father when she gets pregnant, even though she’s telling people Edwards is the dad. And one of his campaign donors pays off Hunter to get her resettled with the baby out of North Carolina.
But the Breck Girl wants a gold star for the fact that he sent his marriage into remission when his wife was in remission. That’s special.
Of course Dowd treats this as if it’s all new to her; as if she’s never seen this before. Of course we have. It’s pretty much the same deal as the after action report I mentioned at OTB’s comments section last week, from Amanda Marcotte, when she got booted form Edwards’ campaign staff. Each spends the majority of their ‘confession’ scrambling to find cover. Pretty much, also, the same situation as we found with Bill Clinton, back in the day.And the reaction of the left in this morning’s news shows is quite predictable.
As Hawkins says this morning :
In our hearts, we hope that politicians are honest, decent people. In our brains, we know that they are politicians, and we shouldn’t expect much. But, the last thing we want is some vainglorious narcissist yapping about 2 America’s and America being better, when he himself is anything but, and lies about it.
I suggest that factor is why the Dinosaur Press ignored the story for as long as possible. The consequences to leftist political power, was more grusome to leftists than the consequences of the press getting caught burying the story.
Now, before you start in on me, the foregoing is not to suggest that it doesn’t happen among Republicans as well. It surely does. However, the Dinosaur Press didn’t wait for a convoluted ‘confession’, to report on the facts they knew. As an example, I cite Newt Gingrich, whose situation with HIS wife was similar in many respects. The main difference? The press didn’t wait for an announcement from Gingrich to start printing the story. Oh… and Gingrich isnt a Democrat.