"John was his idol—his hero—and probably who he considered his best friend and his mentor….He thought that he had offered the ultimate sacrifice"


You ever wonder how Andrew Young, the not-ex-mayor-of-Atlanta who falsely claimed paternity for John Edwards' love child even though he had a wife and three kids of his own, ever, um, got to such a place? I don't know if this Politico article by Ben Smith quite unravels the mystery, but it does illustrate in some detail the abject sickness very near the intersection of scarequote-worthy "idealism" and massive political power. File this nauseating piece away for the next time you hear some A-list politician confuse his own political success with selfless "service."