I am sure that prosecuting Jon Edwards is a heck of a lot of fun for Republicans, but it is an enormous mistake. Yes, the guy is a poster child for the hypocritical self-serving jackass that defines exactly whey we hate politicians. But setting a legal precedent for defining campaign spending subject to crazy election laws more broadly is a terrible idea. Already, there are prosecutors who, mostly for political reasons, have tried to nail certain politicians for election law violations by labeling certain activities as in-kind political giving. Down this path lies a world where every institution that offered a candidate's family member or friend a job, or a spot in college, or a book deal, or a consulting contract is subject to ex post facto scrutiny and potential prosecution.