It looks like we're finally going to get that rascal John Edwards. The nerve of him, cheating on his sick wife. Hiding his videographer girlfriend and her love-child. A pipsqueak of a guy, primping and preening. Let's take him out and tar and feather him! After all, a transgression like his demands the harshest punishment.
How ridiculous it is.
You would think he was responsible for the collapse of the world's economy. You would think he had sanctioned the abuse and torture of prisoners or denied them their day in court. You would think that John Edwards had plunged the nation into interminable war on trumped up evidence.
But no, John Edwards' crime is worse than any of these. John Edwards committed adultery and didn't use a condom. Malfeasance doesn't deserve punishment; stupid does.