Good news: John Edwards is returning to the speaking circuit

posted at 8:41 pm on May 16, 2013 by Mary Katharine Ham

Let the rehabilitation begin!

The former U.S. senator and 2004 Democratic vice-presidential nominee from North Carolina is scheduled to appear June 6 at a private retreat in Orlando, Fla., for lawyer clients of the marketing firm PMP…

Edwards has remained largely out of public view since his May 2012 acquittal on one charge of campaign finance fraud. A judge declared a mistrial on five other criminal counts after jurors couldn’t agree if Edwards illegally used campaign money to hide his pregnant mistress as he ran for president in 2008.

An itinerary says Edwards will speak for about 45 minutes as part of a program titled “Historic Trials of the Century.” Edwards earned millions as a personal injury lawyer before entering politics.

This guy. Go try to make things up with your children and leave everyone else alone. I guess they’re counting on him being a draw, but yuck, why have him speak? Surely there are other prominent lawyers who could give a decent speech without having cheated on their cancer-stricken wives while using said family struggle and faux solidarity as a campaign feature or denying paternity of a child of the affair while having a sycophantic staffer fraudulently claim it instead? They’re lawyers, but surely they could rustle up one who’s not the lovechild of Elmer Gantry and Voldemort.

Please feel free to explore future speech titles in the comments, within the bounds of our smut-control. If I recall correctly, the first vote I ever cast in a major election was against one John Edwards in 1998, for the North Carolina senate seat. I was wise to the skeeze beyond my years. People always say I’m crazy when I say he could make a comeback, at the very least to some cush UNC Chair for Poverty Studies or some such nonsense. He’s a Democrat, and he’s not even a domestic terrorist. He’ll be rehabilitated. It starts in June.

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John Edwards’ takeaway from this week is, “Clearly I’m no longer the stupidest Democrat on the national stage.” Time to hit the speaking circuit! First things first, I’ll need a videographer . . .

SoRight on May 16, 2013 at 8:38 PM

What, did Dollar Tree renew his Breck Girl contract?

Steve Eggleston on May 16, 2013 at 8:39 PM

Well, if Sanford can make a comeback. Democrats are supposed to be much more tolerant about these sort of things. Edwards 2016?

Buddahpundit on May 16, 2013 at 8:40 PM

He’ll be rehabilitated. It starts in June.

See Da Weiner.

Resist We Much on May 16, 2013 at 8:40 PM

Maybe he’ll update his talk about the “Two Americas”: The ones who have friends in government, and the ones who don’t.

Socratease on May 16, 2013 at 8:41 PM

People always say I’m crazy when I say he could make a comeback, at the very least to some cush UNC Chair for Poverty Studies or some such nonsense. He’s a Democrat, and he’s not even a domestic terrorist. He’ll be rehabilitated. It starts in June.

Two Americas. Two Americas indeed.

stldave on May 16, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Good news: John Edwards is returning to the speaking circuit

If Mark Sanford can make a comeback, why cant John?

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 8:41 PM

But seriously, Breck Girl thinks that since South Carolina rehabbed Mark Sanford, North Carolina will rehab him.

Steve Eggleston on May 16, 2013 at 8:41 PM

He use to charge universities 50k a pop. I’m sure he charged private groups a lot more. Who would hire him? Most lefties consider him scum for what he did to his wife.

Blake on May 16, 2013 at 8:42 PM

Oh, it’s not like he needs the money. So why do it? Because he is addicted to fame? Because he thinks he will get back into politics?

Blake on May 16, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Socratease on May 16, 2013 at 8:41 PM

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 8:41 PM

I’m glad they don’t count seconds here, because all three of us had that thought in the same minute.

Steve Eggleston on May 16, 2013 at 8:43 PM

Hallelujah!

bazil9 on May 16, 2013 at 8:46 PM

If Mark Sanford can make a comeback, why cant John?

HotLips on May 16, 2013 at 8:41 PM

…John wasn’t hiking?

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2013 at 8:47 PM

This guy. Go try to make things up with your children and leave everyone else alone. I guess they’re counting on him being a draw, but yuck, why have him speak?

MKH- You’re trying to apply human decency to Democrats and ambulance chasing lawyers. It never works out the way you think it will.

Edwards made his fortune on class action lawsuits where he raked in more of the money than his “victims.” Don’t think there isn’t a market for that among lawyers that do the same sort of thing. They don’t care about his personal life. They will not be repulsed.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2013 at 8:48 PM

Hallelujah!

bazil9 on May 16, 2013 at 8:46 PM

Praise b9 to jeebus.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2013 at 8:50 PM

…John wasn’t hiking?

KOOLAID2 on May 16, 2013 at 8:47 PM

No actually his whore came along for the campaign and their out-of-wedlock child was probably conceived on a bus. If not a hotel room before Edwards went out and talked about family values.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2013 at 8:50 PM

lawyer clients of the marketing firm PMP…

Did the Washington Compost leave an “I” out of that marketing firm name?

/would be apropos for Edwards

AZfederalist on May 16, 2013 at 8:51 PM

Did Sanford abandon his dying wife and have a child and steal campaign money to hush it up while running for president?

Did he¿

SparkPlug on May 16, 2013 at 8:53 PM

HotLips will camp out all night to get tickets to the Edwards/Weiner show.

22044 on May 16, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Edwards/Weiner 2016

Because seeing is believing…

*Blech*

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 8:55 PM

He’s a Democrat, and he’s not even a domestic terrorist.

Well that certainly distinguishes him from the current bunch running the country.

hillsoftx on May 16, 2013 at 8:56 PM

Most lefties consider him scum for what he did to his wife.

Blake on May 16, 2013 at 8:42 PM

You left out the part where the right also considers him scum too, right? Because where you left it is that only one side of the political spectrum cares about the fact that he screwed around while still married to a cancer-stricken wife and there was a little Edwards as a result of all that.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Edwards/Weiner 2016! Two D!cks, No Balls.

BlaxPac on May 16, 2013 at 8:58 PM

Edwards/Weiner 2016

Because seeing is believing…

*Blech*

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Edwards Weiner. That’s only one apostrophe away from being really offensive.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2013 at 8:59 PM

… he screwed around while still married to a cancer-stricken wife and there was a little Edwards as a result of all that.
 
Happy Nomad on May 16, 2013 at 8:57 PM

 
That’s genetic, right?
 
He was born that way.
 
Right?

rogerb on May 16, 2013 at 9:00 PM

… and there was a little Edwards as a result of all that.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2013 at 8:57 PM

… and this is the point where we all hope it is nurture and not nature that produce pompous, evil, gasbags so that little Edwards, raised far away from Big Daddy Edwards does not grow up into an equally evil horse’s patoot.

AZfederalist on May 16, 2013 at 9:01 PM

If Mark Sanford can make a comeback, why cant John?

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 8:41 PM

I just remembered why. There is no future for any white male in positions of power in the Democratic Party. I don’t think there will even be much of a speaking future for him, except for from groups that aren’t concerned about preserving a respectable reputation. There is no payoff for groups that have a reputation to be concerned about.

It’s interesting that Obama sent his “justice” department after Edwards so hard. It was over the top. But I don’t think you get anywhere in the ‘rat world without Obama’s blessing from hereon. Yet another strike against Edwards.

Buddahpundit on May 16, 2013 at 9:01 PM

It’s interesting that Obama sent his “justice” department after Edwards so hard. It was over the top. But I don’t think you get anywhere in the ‘rat world without Obama’s blessing from hereon. Yet another strike against Edwards.

Buddahpundit on May 16, 2013 at 9:01 PM

It’s been a while and I’ve slept since then, so remind me why Obama would go after Edwards like he was a Tea Party Patriot?

AZfederalist on May 16, 2013 at 9:04 PM

bazil9 on May 16, 2013 at 8:46 PM
Praise b9 to jeebus.

SparkPlug on May 16, 2013 at 8:50 PM

Amen.
My spirit is now fulfilled today..
knowing silky shite donk is rehabed and will be back on the scene.

bazil9 on May 16, 2013 at 9:08 PM

Thank you Mary Katharine for not posting a picture with this article.

meci on May 16, 2013 at 9:09 PM

Edwards/Weiner 2016

Because seeing is believing…

*Blech*

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 8:55 PM

Edwards Weiner. That’s only one apostrophe away from being really offensive.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2013 at 8:59 PM

Bbbbut….It would play well in SF & NY

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 9:11 PM

surely they could rustle up one who’s not the lovechild of Elmer Gantry and Voldemort.

HaHaHaHa….snort….Chuckle….

Jill1066 on May 16, 2013 at 9:18 PM

Please feel free to explore future speech titles in the comments

Why Didn’t You Come to Me Like a F**king Man and Tell Me to Stop F**king Her?

Curtiss on May 16, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Wolf Blitzer, Andrea Mitchell, Chris Matthews, The New York Times……EVERY MEMBER of The Liberal Mainstream Media KNEW that he had impregnated that girl DURING his campaign WHILE his wife was dying and EVERY SINGLE MEMBER of The Liberal Mainstream Media SILENCED that Story and COVERED-UP for him!!!

You KNOW that is the CASE!!

Are you TELLING me that if a Republican Impregnated a Campaign Worker WHILE the ENTIRE MEDIA was Traveling with them on a campaign – that it would not get REPORTED?

THEY LIED!!!

We NEED to hod them ACCOUNTABLE!!

williamg on May 16, 2013 at 9:20 PM

Please feel free to explore future speech titles in the comments

Two Americas and One Baby Daddy

Curtiss on May 16, 2013 at 9:21 PM

Question for the lawyers in the room:

How plausible is it that Edwards returns to courtroom practice? After all, he made his fortune through litigating personal injury cases and by all accounts, he was a legendarily skilled courtroom trial advocate. Does his notoriety and infamy keep him away from legal practice forever, or is there a chance that he could assess that he’s been out of the public eye enough that he can represent clients again?

Robert_Paulson on May 16, 2013 at 9:24 PM

It’s been a while and I’ve slept since then, so remind me why Obama would go after Edwards like he was a Tea Party Patriot?

AZfederalist on May 16, 2013 at 9:04 PM

A couple of possibilities that come to mind: He is a white male Democrat in a scandal so it’s a perfect opportunity to appear non biased ideologically and not piss off many constituents, when you have lots of biased targeting of conservatives planned or underway.

Their polling might have told them that white females were offended by Edwards at the time, and that is a demographic that Democrats still need for a few more cycles.

The wife may have been upset and demanded a tooth and nail prosecution of Edwards. I don’t see how any longtime married woman with children, like her, could not be disgusted by Edwards. Michelle would be like a Republican woman in that instance. Prosecution based on feelings imagining how’d they feel if it happened to them. It’s legal rationale doesn’t really matter when you got that working.

Buddahpundit on May 16, 2013 at 9:26 PM

John Edwards is sh** with feet. And his mouth hasn’t spewed anything but sh** since.he learned to talk.

M240H on May 16, 2013 at 9:27 PM

You left out the part where the right also considers him scum too, right? Because where you left it is that only one side of the political spectrum cares about the fact that he screwed around while still married to a cancer-stricken wife and there was a little Edwards as a result of all that.

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2013 at 8:57 PM

Oh, get off your high horse. He did not have the support of conservatives before his sordid affair became public, he does not have it now, and he is not seeking it.

Blake on May 16, 2013 at 9:29 PM

No shame.

Is there any moral line which democrats view as once you’ve crossed, you cannot rebound from?

portlandon on May 16, 2013 at 9:30 PM

Hey, I’m John Edwards. I cheated on my cancer-striken wife, lied about it, and ran for President while doing so and still lying about it. Thanks for coming to hear me lecture you.

MikeknaJ on May 16, 2013 at 9:32 PM

No doubt that the hair brush and hair spray conventions are beating down the door.

WestTexasBirdDog on May 16, 2013 at 9:35 PM

#johnedwardsspeechtitles – Unfortunately I can’t think of any, but this would be a great hashtag game on the Twitter.

Incandescent on May 16, 2013 at 9:47 PM

Go away.

Philly on May 16, 2013 at 9:57 PM

John Edwards Seminar : Everything I learned about Media Relations I learned from the National Enquirer

workingclass artist on May 16, 2013 at 10:00 PM

I was wise to the skeeze…

You are a very gentle person.

jaime on May 16, 2013 at 10:02 PM

If Mark Sanford can make a comeback, why cant John?

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Big John or lil John?

Happy Nomad on May 16, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Can he take Terry McAuliffe with him and Weiner?

22044 on May 16, 2013 at 10:33 PM

John Edwards sees 2 Americas and has a child in each of them.

ErnstBlofeld on May 16, 2013 at 11:56 PM

If Mark Sanford can make a comeback, why cant John?

HotAirLib on May 16, 2013 at 8:41 PM

Mebbe cuz Sanford at least had a tootsie on the side that had her OWN money, and not using funneled campaign/FEC matched cash from Bobby Brady’s Presidential run?

BlaxPac on May 16, 2013 at 11:59 PM

Edwards and Weiner 2016

NORUK on May 17, 2013 at 1:37 AM

Becoming Tabloid Material: Now You Too Can Become Famous!

Please enquire at my national offices for more details.

Sherman1864 on May 17, 2013 at 2:20 AM

“Democrat Resume Enhancement”

JimRich on May 17, 2013 at 3:34 AM

He’ll be joining the law firm of Dewey, Cheatham, and Howe!

Bevan on May 17, 2013 at 7:47 AM

If Mark Sanford can make a comeback, why cant John?

Though terribly flawed, the Sanford victory came down to voting for a Republican or a Democrat. In SC, they decided they didn’t want any more liberals in the House.

It remains to be seen whether Edwards can attack sufficient votes based on the mess Democrats have made of America since 2009. If he gets elected, it will confirm that Zombie Times have come to America to stay.

WRT to Weiner’s rehabilitation, it’s NYC. There isn’t anything else to say.

BMF on May 17, 2013 at 8:16 AM

No shame.

Is there any moral line which democrats view as once you’ve crossed, you cannot rebound from?

portlandon on May 16, 2013 at 9:30 PM

That’s a foolish question:

Being a patriotic, freedom-loving and proud American, of course. Ask Joe Lieberman.

ebrown2 on May 17, 2013 at 8:27 AM

You can’t make this stuff up. I never thought I would hear the name “John Edwards” ever again…..and he has the audacity/ego to go on a speaking circuit. What on earth could he possibly have to say that anyone would want to hear? Let alone pay for hearing?

TXBonnieBelle on May 17, 2013 at 1:20 PM