Bad week for John Edwards

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on February 5, 2007

Former Democrat vice presidential hopeful John "the hair" Edwards had a bad week -- and it's not clear he realizes it.

Edwards, whom we last mocked for having a book signing at a Barnes & Noble (starting salary $7 an hour) instead of a Wal-Mart (starting salary $7.50 an hour) because Wal-Mart is evil, unveiled his 28,200-square-foot home.

Edwards seems to have solved the problem of "two Americas" -- one of them can crash in the gymnasium the next time a natural disaster strikes.

The main house is 10,400 square feet and has two garages. The recreation building, a red, barn-like building containing 15,600 square feet, is connected to the house by a closed-in and roofed structure of varying widths and elevations that totals 2,200 square feet.

The main house is all on one level except for a 600-square-foot bedroom and bath area above the guest garage.

The recreation building contains a basketball court, a squash court, two stages, a bedroom, kitchen, bathrooms, swimming pool, a four-story tower, and a room designated “John’s Lounge.”

Honestly, I'd love to have the kind of money that Edwards has and be able to build a home that's larger than some small countries. I'm just not so sure I'd be able to live with myself -- and I don't go around demonizing businesses for giving the common man the shaft.

Seriously, if Edwards really wanted to bring his two Americas together, he could've built a 10,000-square-foot home in the second America, and instead of having a private recreation building, across the street he could've built a rec center that was open to all of those underprivileged kids.

This is the sort of conspicuous consumption that will make it impossible for Edwards to make it very far in the Democrat primary this time around.

Edwards' second mistake was a gross failure to do due dilligence on the campiagn blogger he hired, Amanda Marcotte.


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