Edwards’ Staffers Would Have Sabotaged His Campaign

Edwards’ Staffers Would Have Sabotaged His Campaign


This is the stuff I love to hear because it means that one person’s bad decisions couldn’t bring down an entire movement.

From ABC:

I’ve talked to a lot of former Edwards staffers about this. Up until December of 2007, most on Edwards’ staff didn’t believe rumors about the affair.

But by late December, early January of last year, several people in his inner circle began to think the rumors were true.

Several of them had gotten together and devised a “doomsday” strategy of sorts.

Basically, if it looked like Edwards was going to win the Democratic Party nomination, they were going to sabotage his campaign, several former Edwards’ staffers have told me.

They said they were Democrats first, and if it looked like Edwards was going to become the nominee, they were going to bring down the campaign.

My only question…why didn’t they just sabotage it from the beginning and leave? Because a mass exodus would have been plenty to stop Edwards cold. Sure, I get that they wanted to collect that paycheck, but they were actively involved in selling a lie.

Something tells me that the reason Edwards staffers hung on is they wanted Obama to win the nomination and if they had cut Edwards off, he wouldn’t have siphoned the votes from Hillary and Obama would have placed second.

What do you think?

  • http://cellar.org Undertoad

    I think that’s exactly right Justin, and also: this means he couldn’t even convince his own staffers that he was the right guy for the job.

    In other words, when your posse is secretly planning to vote you off the island, you may be lacking in “leadership qualities”.

  • the Word

    And he could have been the next Supreme Court Justice if he had shown better personal judgment. What a stupid, stupid loss.

  • http://purecommonsense.net Mike Casey

    That is pretty fishy. It seems strange to join a presidential campaign for the sole purpose of bringing it down – like a double agent in enemy territory. What was their plan anyway?

  • Terry Ott

    “The next Supreme Court Justice if ….”?????

    Now that really is stretching it, don’t you think? The snake oil nature of his personality, the ambulance chasing fortune, and the carefully cultured “look” and “image” (replete with primping) and the umpteen million dollar house with umpteen bedrooms — you think that’s gonna fly as a nominee to the highest court? Nahhh….

    I suppose he might have gotten some momentum going toward Attorney General if he’d even want that, since we know several shmucks have been put into that job in the past. But medical malpractice hasn’t got a whole lot to do with constitutional law, if I recall my long-ago time in law school correctly.

    Side note: the guy gave me the “willies” from the get-go. I noted the phoniness and crossed his name off my mental list in about a day and a half. I’m amazed he got as far as he did.

  • Ickybits

    I agree with Mike Casey, this story doesn’t make sense and really just sounds like staff/aide CYA big time. I do not buy Joe Trippi had a plan to ruin Edwards if he won.

  • the Word

    You might want to reread what the post said. They didn’t plan to wait for him to win. My guess is that they thought he was speaking for people who really don’t have a voice and that that was important but they weren’t about to let him sink the ship by getting the nomination. I get it.

  • http://thepurplecenter.blogspot.com/ John Burke

    Absolutely, whoever these staffers are, they are bigger liars than Edwards. As I’ve commented on my blog (http://thepurplecenter.blogspot.com/2009/05/damned-anonymous-liars-john-edwards.html), it’s preposterous to believe that if these guys had got Edwards to the brink of the nomination, they would have blown up his campaign and cost themselves a better than even chance at White House jobs. At thaty point, they would have done everything they could to keep his dirty secret from being exposed.

    Now that they’ve challenged everyone’s intelligence with this ludicrous lie, they should be exposed.