Even those of us who shudder at the thought of how close John Edwards got to the White House can admire him a little for his straightforward nonflinching self-assessment that almost amounted to an apology:
"No one else is responsible for my sins," he said. "I am responsible.
"If I want to find the person responsible for my sins, I don't have to go further than a mirror," he added. "It was me and me alone."
Translation: I'm still a slimebucket, and I know I'm a slimebucket. He did dull the luster a bit with his silly recycled Jesse Jacson puffery -- "I don't think God is through with me." That sounds delusional -- God may not be through with him, but everybody else is -- but who knows? These days, almost anybody's public image can be rehabilitated.
Maybe Edwards wasn't being contrite but was merely stating his lawyerly conclusion (and quite accurately assessing the situation): What he did was awful but probably not illegal. As confusing and ambiguous as the evidence was, it's still surprising the prosecutors thought they could make a case. How 'bout those campaign finance laws, huh?