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The Boyles talk Edwards

By Meg

The Edwards affair seems to have struck a nerve with a lot of people I know. I’ll be honest with you, Politirazzi readership: I couldn’t care less about political affairs of the heart unless, of course, the scandal involves outright abuse of power.

I might be interested in reading about an affair where the politician in question — and this is just a hypothetical off the top of my head — had been shuttling his mistress to and fro’ the Hamptons via personal NYPD escort, but a good, old-fashioned, toe-tappin’-on-the-bathroom-floor-type Washington sex scandal has really never aroused (insert Beavis and/or Butthead laugh here) my curiosity or concern. Hence my complete lack of interest in John’s liaison dangereus.

But maybe I’m missing something? The fact of the matter is that no politician I’ve ever voted for has been involved in a sex scandal.

Clinton? I was so totally over him by the time Monica hit the news. McGreevy? More like McSkeevy. Spitzer? Hey, karma’s a bitch, buddy.

So I thought it necessary to get the perspective of someone who voted for Edwards. Unfortunately, I could only find one: My brother, Kevin, a registered Democrat who voted for Edwards in the N.J. primary in February. (Remember, Edwards dropped out of the race in January. Yeah, stubbornness runs in the family.)

Meg Boyle: Thanks for talking to us today, Kevin.

Kevin Boyle: Thanks for having me, Meg.

MB: So, how stupid do you feel right now?

KB: I don’t feel stupid at all. John Edwards is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.

MB: Have you spoken with John? How is he?

(continued) KB: I haven’t had the pleasure of speaking with him, per se, but I hear that he’s in wonderful spirits. He’s constantly in the papers and is being shot from very flattering angles. What’s not to be happy about?

MB: I know you respect John greatly as a politician. Do you now also respect him as a ladies' man?

KB: This scandal is just further evidence of his greatness. Some of our greatest presidents have been ladies men. JFK, Clinton, Michael Douglas in that movie where he gets it on with Annette Benning ... John is in mighty fine company indeed.

MB: Kevin, you voted for John Edwards during the N.J. primary in spite of the fact that he had already dropped out of the race. Do you stand by that vote or do you secretly wish you'd voted for someone else? Hillary, perhaps?

KB: Definitely not! I stand by my vote completely. I still think Edwards would have made the best candidate. Besides, I think we all know what happened the last time a woman tasted the fruit of power, if you catch my meaning …

MB: (Groan.) What's your personal opinion of all this hoopla?

KB: John Edwards is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.


KB: Um, I just did.

MB: I know. I wanted to have my Brokaw moment. Sorry. Anyway, what does the future hold for John Edwards?

KB: As I understand it, he’ll be hosting a DNC fundraiser at Scores on the 16th. After that, who knows? Maybe headquarters? The sky’s the limit.

MB: Kevin, is there a message you'd like to send John Edwards?

KB: Yes. John, thanks to you I’ve seen the power of expensive haircuts. It’s a life lesson I will take with me always.

MB: Do you think Edwards should go ahead with the paternity test? I think he should and then announce the results on Maury Povich! Anyone? Anyone?

KB: No, that’s a stupid idea.

MB: Kevin, thanks again for your time. Any final thoughts?

KB: John Edwards is the kindest, bravest, warmest, most wonderful human being I've ever known in my life.

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