Theologian Russell Moore explains why the John Edwards scandal matters :
It matters because it highlights, first of all, a key cause of the poverty Sen. Edwards once commendably made a central aspect of his presidential campaign. Numberless children wake up in grinding poverty because their fathers are deadbeat dads just like (if the story is true) Edwards, just without the means to secretly transfer funds for child support.
In admitting the affair, Edwards tells us he fell due to his narcissism. He started to see himself as special, and exempt from the boundaries of marriage and fatherhood. Of course he did. So does the impoverished teenage boy who skips town when his girlfriend sees two pink lines. So does the middle-aged mid-level success story who offers $300 to his paramour to put it all behind us.
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Edwards risked more than his career or his party or even his country. He risked, if the stories are true, his little daughters very identity.
And thats where it matters to us. Because no matter how many jokes are made about the Brek Girl candidate, were all vulnerable here.
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