>Is this really a surprise?

>Former U.S. Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina has admitted that he fathered a girl with his mistress.

I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves,” Edwards said in a statement.

The former 2008 Democratic presidential candidate previously denied that he was the girl’s father.

“It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me,” Edwards said.

“To all those I have disappointed and hurt, these words will never be enough, but I am truly sorry.”

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John Edwards, to me,  is one of the greatest disappointments in Democratic political history. He seemed to have all the right “qualities” that would have made him a good populist candidate: blue-collar background, a history of fighting corporate interests as a lawyer and a decent voting record. But, it seemed he let his ego get the best of him. I must admit, there were times in which he came across as fake and cunning to me. Also, I didn’t vote for him in the 2008 primaries and I didn’t care for him as John Kerry’s vice presidential pick. But, I felt he had some future as a successful politician. I mean, the one thing lawyers and politicians have in common is their ability to talk themselves around issues.

Not only did Edwards cheat on his wife (who was battling breast cancer, mind you), but he fathered a baby by this woman whose, according to Mrs. Edwards, first words to her husband were “You are so hot.” I guess one could liken Edwards to Gary Hart, a rising 1980s Democratic politician who saw his star burn quickly after his affair with Donna Rice became public.

I  honestly don’t see any way Edwards could come back from this scandal and resume his political ambitions–if he has any. And quite frankly, I would prefer him to remain the shadows among other disgraced politicians.

What do you think of John Edwards?