Democrats sure must be thanking their lucky stars it is not John Edwards they picked to bear their standard. And, if Edwards ever was on the short list for Barack Obama's veep job, he is there no longer.
Confirming the prescience of those who saw Edwards as a man of transparently phony piety - good son of the sawmill, devoted family man, clasping his sick wife's hand as the violins played and the white doves flew - here now is a man forced to admit to a reckless marital infidelity, one he has been denying for weeks.
Here now is a man who went happily philandering as he was about to start a run for the White House - and who gave his sexual partner a job and paid her out of campaign funds.
And then had the gall to ask Democrats to vote for him on the false pretense that he was an honest man - and despite the fact that his candidacy was doomed.
Confessing Friday, Edwards said, ''In the course of several campaigns, I started to believe that I was special and became increasingly egocentric and narcissistic.''
Actually, he was probably among the last to know.