Former presidential candidate John Edwards admits to having had an extramarital affair in the recent past.
Having an affair is a private matter but why would you run for president knowing that skeleton was in your closet? You know that the media would have a field day if the truth was discovered. Hell, they’d tar and feather you more for the affair than if your campaign was based on a platform of genocide and child rape.
I guess some highly visible people actually get away with having affairs and so everyone thinks they can too, or something. It just doesn’t seem like running for president with a recent affair under your belt (and lying about it) is a practical thing to do to your political party or your family. What if Edwards had gotten the nomination?
Of course, if the affair is far enough in your past and you wind up marrying the other woman (see Reagan, McCain, Gingrich, et al), the media gives you a pass. Fair or not, those are the rules and Edwards should have been more discrete either before having the affair or before deciding to run for president.