Affair Could Topple Edwards

Strategists differ on affect affair will have on career
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 10, 2008 3:22 PM CDT
In this July 21, 2008 file photo, John Edwards gestures during a news conference Los Angeles. Edwards is admitting to an extramarital affair but denies fathering the woman's daughter.    (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)
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(Newser) – Although opinions are mixed on the future of John Edwards' political career, most analyists take a dim view, CNN reports. Clintonite James Carville believes that "his political career is in shambles," and Gloria Borger thinks his "lies are "going to put an end, probably, to his political career." Edwards' former rivals for the Democratic nomination aren't saying much.

Both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama expressed their sympathies for what the Edwards family is going through. Democratic strategist Paul Begala agrees that the situation must be tough on the family, but sees less political damage: "He did not violate the Geneva Convention. He did not forge a document to lead us into a war. He cheated on his wife."