In answer to your question, Ronni, McCain's cheating is old news that the press has conveniently forgotten and Edwards' cheating is hot off the press. I think also that the latter tried very hard to present himself as man of honor makes it worse and he thereby set himself up for skewering. I, frankly, have no respect for either. Cheating on one's spouse is dishonorable at the best of times and when the spouse is disabled or terminally ill, it's worse.
Remember back when Adlai Stevenson ran against Ike in the 50s? A lot of people wouldn't vote for him because he was divorced -- and adultery never was never mentioned. In fact, his divorce was not mentioned. I looked very hard to find out what the grounds were for his divorce and the only thing I found was a quiet mention that the former Mrs. Stevenson had a problem with mental illness.
My heart goes out to both the former Mrs. McCain and Elizabeth Edwards. They have been treated badly. Kudos to the latter for not talking to the press. I was tired of such women "standing by their man." A man who cheats is not your man as any woman should know.
We elected a known cheater when we elected Bill Clinton who is ranked #1 on America's Top 53 Political Sex Scandals at Politiker.com. They're gonna have to change that to 54 if they decide to add Edwards. Number 18 is Elliott Spitzer -- the latest addition. I wonder where they'll put Edwards. McCain didn't even make the list. I guess his infidelity was as boring as he is.
I sort of giggled that we ordinarily boring Ohioans contributed two politicians to the list: #15, former Congressman Wayne Hays and #53, President Warren G. Harding whose family farm was right in the same town as my great-grandfather's farm.
According to this list, infidelity in high office goes back to President Grover Cleveland who fathered several illegitimate children before rising to the highest office in the land so the precedent is there.
What makes me confused is that the Neocons I know have lined up behind McCain despite that a year ago they were calling him an idiot or worse and his wife a tramp or a (insert a worse word). It's hypocritical as hell in my not so humble opinion. And they're laughing at Edwards? Methinks they should look at their guy and his lady before they laugh too hard.
Then again, I'm finally realizing that in the real world, hypocrisy rules -- usually in the White House or Congress. Sighhhhhhh. And people wonder why I don't like politicians and want to vote NO! for president.