“Democracy on the Web” turned tyranny of the majority for writer, blogger, and media maker Lee Stranahan. Stranahan dared to predict the conundrum in store for progressives with rumors swirling around John Edwards and a baby born to one of his former campaign staffers. Members of the Daily Kos caused Stranahan to be banned from the site for addressing the story and pleading with Edwards to do the same.
Stranahan advised Democrats to clean house themselves now or have it cleaned with a media circus later:
It seems to me that this is going to be a tsunami-sized scandal for the Democratic Party and right now the coming typhoon of press coverage is close to breaking.” The Huffington Post
Now McClatchy News reports Edwards’ role at the Democratic Convention is in jeopardy:
If Edwards fails to clear up the story in short order, he risks party officials deciding not to have him speak or, if they do, creating a distraction from a week focused on Barack Obama accepting the nomination.
‘If there is not an explanation that’s satisfactory, acceptable and meets high moral standards, the answer is ‘no,’ he would not be a prime candidate to make a major address to the convention,” said Don Fowler, a former Democratic National Committee chair’.”
Edwards can put the rumors to bed by issuing a strong denial and castigating those who heaped hurt on his family’s trials. Or he can confirm the story, take his lumps, and maybe ask people not to heap more hurt on his family than he has. Either way, it’s in the interests of the party he act now…just as Stranahan said almost two weeks ago.