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Goat bukakke enthusiast Mickey Kaus on the John Edwards tabloid “scandal” — you knew it had to happen … again:
Why write about the Edwards scandal? Here’s a short clip-’n'-save response to those (including many friends) who argue the Edwards scandal shouldn’t be pursued–or at least pursued too vigorously — even if it is true: …
Perhaps Kaus ought to also prepare a clip-’n'-save on why its unfair for us to accuse him of blowing goats — even if it is true. Instead, he uses a straw man — that people are saying the story shouldn’t even be investigated — to spread the rumor about Edwards even if it isn’t true.
It’s silly to say “he’s just a private citizen”–he’s much less of a “private citizen” than, say, William Bennett was in 2003 when Jonathan Alter and Joshua Green torpedoed Bennett’s career by revealing his gambling habits.
What makes the scandal awful and unpleasant–as opposed to the Bennett scandal, which was delicious–is that Edwards has a very ill wife. But, as Susan Estrich has noted, that’s also what makes Edwards’ alleged behavior awful and unpleasant–more objectionable than anything Bennett was accused of doing.
Except, of course, that the allegation that Bennett was a high-stakes gambler was true and was admitted by Bennett himself, whereas the Edwards allegation is an unsubstantiated claim by a supermarket tabloid and hasn’t been admitted by Edwards. But since he has a sick wife, Kaus thinks it would be irresponsible not to spread those rumors.
How irresponsible was it to seek the party’s nomination knowing that this scandal was lurking around, ready to explode? What if he’d won?
In other words, if its rumored that you’re having an affair, you must forswear campaigns for public office. On the other hand, if it’s rumored that you blow goats, you can still be a columnist at Slate and repeat sensational tabloid allegations as if they were absolute truth.
If the scandal is true, it almost certainly means that during the campaign Edwards presided over an elaborate coverup involving at least a) having an aide wrongly claim paternity and b) having other aides go out and lie to reporters.
And if the stories of Kaus and the goats is true, it almost certainly means that Kaus and Slate have presided over an elaborate cover-up involving at least a)payments of hush money to keep the goat quiet and b) numerous misstatements by Kaus about why he keeps licking his lips.