Common Sense

Who approves of John Edwards?

Unpopularity of former presidential candidate


Are any of you following this John Edwards trial?

I can't say as I am.

Something about whether the former presidential candidate misused campaign funds to hide a relationship with a woman, who later had his baby.

It's sordid. It's weird. And apparently, it might be illegal and end up sending John to the joint -- where, last time I checked, $400 haircuts are hard to come by.

Who knows?

This much I do know. This guy is about as unpopular as you can get.

I mean, did you see this CBS News/New York Times poll? The one showing only 3 percent of Americans have a favorable view of Edwards?

Three percent?

I think Charles Manson had higher approval numbers!

Three percent?

Richard Nixon never got below 30 percent. Jimmy Carter around 29 percent. Even the last President Bush, in his worst final days, still had 28 percent liking him. All of them together are like the pope, the Dalai Lama and Betty White rolled into one compared to this guy.

Three percent?

I'm thinking to myself, Self, who are these people? These three out of 100 folks who approve of John Edwards? Who did they poll? Bernie Madoff? Dominique Strauss-Kahn? The cad from "The Bachelor"?

Who? Who?

It's one thing to just shrug your shoulders and have no opinion one way or the other on Edwards, but to "like" him? Knowing everything we do now?

Look, I've interviewed Edwards. When he was running for president and before that, when he was out promoting a book on where he grew up and how it taught him the values people behold most. Very charming. Very appealing. But now in retrospect, all very phony.

Not at all what I thought. Not at all what his most devoted followers and even then-dying wife, thought.

A man who forever emblazoned his name in the lexicon of lizards when he famously proclaimed of his affair with Rielle Hunter that at least it was when his wife was in remission.

That's a kind of "Icky Hall of Fame" remark right there.

But for 3 percent of Americans apparently, clearly not. Which for this base politician could prove his base -- maybe not big enough to fill a convention hall right away, but a start.

Assuming he starts in a phone booth or a prison cell.