A Timid Foray into Politics
John Edwards made his living -- and a very good one at that -- convincing people twelve at a time of things that were not true. The ability to convince people of things that are not true, whether it's the fact that Iraq has weapons of mass destruction or that cerebral palsy is caused by birth trauma, does not strike me as a particularly appropriate qualification for president.
Perhaps the excuse can be made that they believed what they were saying was in fact true at the time they said it. If that were the case, then when the truth came to light and the falsity of their previous statements became obvious, the honorable thing to do would be admit and apologize.
Although it looks like the current president will never admit he was wrong, we are at least requiring the issue be addressed by presidential candidates in terms of their justification of previous positions supporting a war now known to be based on falsehoods.
What about Edwards? Anyone seen him out there apologizing for claiming that birth trauma causes CP? Hell no. That information was already known even as he was convincing juries otherwise. He's probably still holding to the idea as tenaciously as Bush is to the idea of Iraq's involvement with 9/11.
I'm scared by the idea of another president who can persuade others that things he knows are false are in fact true -- in other words, lying.