You can call me crazy but I thoroughly enjoy watching disgraced public figures attempt to lie their way out of a dicey situation on national T.V. and last week’s Nightline interview with John Edwards did not disappoint. The dishonorable former Senator continues to describe his illicit affair with Rielle Hunter as a “mistake.” Imagine my surprise when I couldn’t find that particular definition of mistake in any book entitled “Webster’s.”
Most of the members of the Bush Administration, Nancy Pelosi, and Nevada’s very own Man-About-Washington Harry Reid have already proven that even a fundamental amount of intelligence is not a basic requirement to hold public office, but John Edwards has taken ineptitude and deception to new levels. I would now like to offer a lesson in English 101 as to the definition of the word mistake to anyone who would think otherwise: 2 + 2 = 5 is a mistake. If you order your steak rare and it arrives to your table well-done is a mistake. If you leave your house during daylight hours wearing black shoes and white socks is a mistake. While you are playing a hand of Blackjack and you hit your hard 16 against the dealer’s 6, that is also a mistake.
What cannot be defined as a mistake however, is if you are a Presidential candidate running on a platform of honesty and family values and you pay hush money to the woman with whom you are having an illicit extra-marital affair while your wife, the mother of some of your children waits at home dying from terminal cancer. That is not a mistake but rather the deliberate and willful actions of a low life who has to avert his eyes skyward so he can see the top of the gutter.