With his single term in the Senate, John Edwards didn't have much impact on policy. But his effect on politicians lingers. In considering running for president, Michele Bachmann has read two books detailing the unraveling of the Edwards 2008 presidential campaign--and the Edwards family--as he tried to hide his affair with Rielle Hunter: Game Change and The Politician. "Game Change is a book that is very difficult to put down, at least I found it difficult to put down, and it gives a person pause," Bachmann told the MinnPost's Derek Wallbank. "But the other thing that it does, I think, is it informed me of what I don't want to do." Bachmann isn't the only potential 2012 contender who is hesitant to subject her family to the brutal scrutiny of a presidential race.
The main problem for Herman Cain, the pizza magnate, is like that of any candidate hovering around 1 percent in the polls--he needs more media attention. But Cain told the Daily Caller's Alex Pappas he's going to keep the glare off his wife: "My wife is one of the most unassuming, not-looking-for-the-limelight-people you’ve ever met," Cain said. "And I'm going to keep it that way. I'm not going to push her out there to try to do things she doesn't want to do. That's not her personality."