The John Edwards Jury Is 1/6th of the Way Done with Their Deliberations

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1
Is it publicly known what the genesis of this indictment was? As an outsider, it would appear that misusing campaign funds is all part of the process (Palin shopping sprees/Winnebago family vacation comes to mind).

Someone in the Justice Department have a bone to pick with the guy, or enough people found the whole situation so distasteful—including the death of the wife he left—they just had to cram it through?

I don't disagree with charges being pressed, I just can't shake this "why this time?" feeling. It's rare we even hear about the FEC getting involved in campaign shenanigans, much less the DOJ.

I could be over thinking this, knowing damn well that if there's one thing that the Fed's don't like—and one charge that almost always sticks—it's "making false statements."
2
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There has to be a more elegant way of writing that.

Maybe 'R;DR (Republican; Different Rules)' or 'R?OK! (Republican? OK!)'
3
From the Bush portrait article you linked to:

As Obama grapples with difficult decisions to come, Bush said, he hopes the younger man will wander by the newest portrait and ask himself one question:

"What would George do?" he said, to thunderous laughter.

Relevant.
4
"John Edwards is not guilty on the one count of using illegal campaign contributions" and the jury is deadlocked on 5 other counts. The judge declared a mistrial. Edwards won.
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@3, hilarious that one of our worst Presidents ever would raise the spectre of another drunk Republican failure walking the dark halls of the White House and talking to portraits.
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Well, we got Barry Bonds, and we're going after Roger Clemens, so all is not lost.