More Unpopular Than John Edwards!

It’s kind of pathetic that some conservatives are experiencing schadenfreude over the self-destruction of John Edwards, as though it has anything to do with his party affiliation, ideology or issue stands. But in any event, they should not go here:

With John Edwards’ trial for alleged campaign finance violations set to commence Monday, a CBS News/New York Times poll measured the former North Carolina senator’s favorability rating. The results are outstanding for Edwards. Outstandingly bad: 3% favorable, 41% not favorable, 15% undecided, 35% haven’t heard enough, 6% refused….

Most exciting, however, is that the poll provides writers the opportunity to write a sentence that many thought might never be written. The last such poll of former Vice President Dick Cheney — from 2010 — showed Edwards’ 2004 electoral nemesis with a 36 percent favorability rating. That means Cheney is over 10 times more popular than someone or something, in this case one Mr. John Edwards. Cheney. Over 10 times. More. Popular. Those words may have never appeared in a sentence before — and may never again.

I agree with that last part, but funny as this is to the folks at the Daily Caller, the funnier thing is that in the very poll they cite, Dick Cheney’s unfavorable number (52%) is higher than Edwards’ (41%) today, by a full eleven points. Sure, nobody likes Edwards these days, but despite his truly epic mendacity and his reputation as the Worst Political Husband Ever, he can’t manage to gain more enemies than his 2004 sparring partner.

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Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore, a Monthly contributing editor, is a columnist for the Daily Intelligencer, New York magazine’s politics blog, and the managing editor for the Democratic Strategist.