"Sit by the river long enough. I did," Edwards said in a statement passed along by a longtime friend. The ex-governor and ex-convict was referencing one of his most famous bon mots, which he used memorably in May 2000 after his conviction for extorting riverboat gaming companies.And perhaps more appropriately from that same NOLA.com blurb.
"If the saint had killed a dragonfly instead of a dragon, nobody would remember him," Edwards said in an interview. "But when you do something like convict Edwin Edwards, after all the other people have tried for 20 years, it puts a feather in your hat. Whether you did it right or wrong, honestly or by the rules or not, is immaterial. It's a success story and I tip my hat to him."
H.L. Mencken (The actual Mencken) via NOLADefender:
The world always makes the assumption that the exposure of an error is identical with the discovery of truth—that the error and truth are simply opposite. They are nothing of the sort. What the world turns to, when it is cured on one error, is usually simply another error, and maybe one worse than the first one.