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Straight Talk Review for "The Politician"

Updated on April 20, 2010

Warning, the following may be offensive to some liberal readers. Proceed at your own caution…

I recently finished reading “The Politician - An Insider's Account of John Edwards's Pursuit of the Presidency and the Scandal That Brought Him Down” By Andrew Young.

This was a fascinating read, and admittedly a salacious insider’s view of the making of an American President, Democrat style. Andrew Young was the ultimate insider, believer, and dare I say, cult victim.

I honestly bought the book for three reasons – I like to know how the enemy operates. But I also, I admit, bought it because of the gossipy value of it.

The third reason is I wanted to see how a liberal mind thinks. Not just how Edward’s mind works, but how the author’s mind works as well. Do not pass up this book. It is fascinating. It ended up that Edward’s extra marital affair wasn’t the most astonishing thing about this book. There were numerous other revelations that left me saying out loud, “I knew it!”

For those of you who dare read this on the liberal side, if you think the Democratic Party is the protector of your ethnic or racial rights, you really need to think again. Something I have not heard or read with regard to this book is the fact that a very huge Southern Democratic Party source of money holds an event when they anoint the next Democratic politician for President. Young wrote that the event is hosted by a very, very wealthy multi-millionaire who has hosted for many years. And many other multi-millionaires attend to see and meet whom it is they’re going to pour their riches into.

In this particular description – a party to launch John Edwards -- essentially the only black/African American faces present were in a service capacity. No exception to this. They were either waiters or in the band that played for the huge event. The way he described this star-studded, power players affair was as if it had come out of a Plantation-day shin-dig prior to the Civil War. It might as well have been. No African Americans apparently were invited to the party. They were only good enough to serve those in attendance.

At first, I thought, why this alone didn’t give Young a clue is beyond me. The great lie of the Democratic Party revealed. However, Young takes you through the whys and hows of his “I’ll look the other way” behavior. You know what, I found myself at one time in my life in a vaguely similar situation and could relate as to why you just keep looking the other way and deny, deny, deny. 

The other revelations I observed were not so much the things Andrews revealed shame in having done. It was some of the things he described that he obviously, even in hind sight, has no inkling isn’t something he should ever have been involved in.

Straight off the bat – Mrs. Edwards is no saint. This is not in any way to say she was responsible for her husband’s horrible behavior. The only one responsible for John Edward’s behavior is John Edwards. This is to make clear, she isn’t without her fatal flaws.

I use the example of concocting a web site, strictly to deceive the public into thinking it was a grassroots effort to drum up support for Edwards to run for President. So dreamed up by Mrs. Edwards after the John Kerry/Edwards Presidential bid didn’t quite work out. Mrs. Edwards desired to have her husband run for President the next time around and wanted to start early to drum up support in that direction.

What was actually very shocking to me is the author never indicated that there was anything wrong in attempting to create this ruse. He never once mentioned the slightest regret about the whole plan even though it never actually came to fruition.

To be fair, he did express regret about other bad behavior, but this instance and there were others he described, were void of any remorse. Obviously, what I just described isn’t a huge thing. However, it is the “little” things like this planned con, that adds up to why the bigger ones aren’t such a huge leap.

Mrs. Edwards isn’t a very nice person, but regardless, I believe I wouldn’t be so nice to people had I been diagnosed with what was pretty much a death sentence and I kept catching my husband with other woman. In fact, was I her, I very easily could have behaved worse. So an attempt by the author to paint the woman as an ogre didn’t fly with me even though apparently there were times when Mrs. Edwards definitely crossed the line.

Andrew Young seems to have redeemed himself somewhat in his efforts to clear his name with the writing of this book. It’s quite amazing his marriage is in tact after all that happened. His wife is the one who should receive the “Saint” label.

John Edwards – well, I suggest you read the book and make up your own mind. I do know this. We all fall short of the glory of God. This book and the players in it – are for all I could tell, Godless. So it isn’t surprising John Edwards is an extremely unsympathetic character as I once was before I was “found”.

Those who read this also might get an insider’s view – as I feel I did – of how the Democrats groom and create the façade of their “Chosen One.” It is so corrupt, so filled with smoke and mirrors. It’s shocking how their “flock” can follow the deception and believe that anyone other than a fake, propped up, phony Presidential candidate emerges from such a process. To be frank – given what the Democratic Party has turned into (it hasn’t always been like this), an evil entity – nothing in the book was a stunning revelation to me. But it was a fascinating read. I highly recommend it.


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    • cjv123 profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Michigan

      IslandVoice - they weren't fooling your or me or anyone else who didn't vote for Mr. Obama!

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      10 years ago

      Edwards has to be one of the weakest, hypocritical pieces of #$%6 going - his deception is extraordinary and what is even more extraordinary is the lack of outrage by his cronies and followers... what more do you need.

    • IslandVoice profile image

      Sylvia Van Velzer 

      10 years ago from Hawaii

      I knew it! Sounds like a real interesting book to read just to confirm what we already know. As you say, we all fall short, but these guys really thought they were fooling us! Nice hub!

    • eovery profile image


      10 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

      Thanks for the review. I won't be needing to read this book.

      Keep on hubbing!

    • thevoice profile image


      10 years ago from carthage ill

      terrific hub view very interesting thanks

    • breakfastpop profile image


      10 years ago

      Dear cj,

      Thanks for the review. I am definitely going to read this book.


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