But is this news worse for the Democrats or Republicans?
This news story relates how Democrats are closing ranks and trying to avoid damage from this event:
"WASHINGTON (AFP) Â— Democrats moved Saturday to staunch the damage after one-time party star and presidential hopeful John Edwards admitted having an affair during his White House run as his wife battled cancer.But perhaps the Democrats don't need to worry.Â Most Americans don't even know about Senator John McCain's problems with this story.
With the party's national convention to officially crown Senator Barack Obama as its White House candidate just over two weeks away, Democrats sought to minimize the scandal as a personal matter for the Edwards family.
"We have unrealistic expectations for people. John Edwards like the rest of us is only human," said Howard Wolfson, a former senior official for the rival presidential campaign of Hillary Clinton.
"The truth is a lot of ordinary, average Americans have affairs," Wolfson told Fox News.
Edwards, a North Carolina senator before he joined the presidential race in 2004, went public with his long-rumored affair on ABC television late Friday, conceding that it went on as he prepared his White House run and while his wife was being treated for breast cancer."
As this news story explains:
"NEW YORK Reaction from across the political spectrum has been strong to the news of John Edwards admitting he had an affair in 2006, with many condemning Edwards' actions and denials. But it may also produce an unwanted aftershock for John McCain, reviving references to his own extramarital affairs back in the mid-1970s.
Steve Chapman, the generally conservative Chicago Tribune columnist observed today, "Not that Republicans would be able to make full use of this exposure had Edwards been the nominee. Their prospective nominee, after all, was guilty of the same sin during his first marriage.
"But that was 30 years ago. Good news for Edwards: Come 2038, he may be viable again."
Edwards himself, in his interview on ABC's Nightline, referred to McCain admitting that he had made many mistakes in his first marriage.
Cenk Uygur, in his regular blog at AOL News, observes, "Now that Edwards has admitted to an extramarital affair, everyone will now condemn him and say he has no political career left. I want to ask all of those people, how is Edwards' affair any different John McCain's? If Edwards is disqualified from running for office because of this, isn't McCain as well?""
What do YOU think?Â Is this affair admission from a former Democratic contender for President damaging to the Democrats?Â Or will this be such a hot political football that the Republicans would like to avoid dealing with this as it might just backfire on their presumptive nominee?
You tell me---is this worse for Obama or worse for McCain?