Miserable sinners, the lot of you

When CNN talking head Soledad O'Brien clinched the Worst Journalist on Earth award by asking John Edwards to name the biggest sin he ever committed, Edwards might have responded thusly:

While I can't bring myself to reveal all the particulars of my transgression, I'll just say that it involved a can of whipped cream, a bathtub of gelatin, a bottle of Jack, and three of the Pussycat Dolls.
An appropriate response to an intrusive query, but Edwards didn't say that. Nor, sadly, did he say this:
This is a pathetic and insulting line of questioning that violates privacy, debases faith, and demeans the electoral process, and I decline to go along with it.
No, Edwards instead talked about what a big sinner he is - aren't we all? - and so responded much as any of the big three Dem presidential contestants did in the Sojourners/Call to Renewal forum. That is, Edwards, Hillary Clinton, and Barack Obama burnished their religious bonafides in an attempt to demonstrate that Democrats - like their Republican rivals - are properly down with the whole God thing.

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