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Friday, August 8, 2008

Edwards admits affair; sensible people yawn

We never touched on this story for the sheer fact that it was a story from the National Enquirer, and if you've ever sat in line at the grocery store you chuckle at the cover stories for the tabloids. But ABC is going to run an exclusive interview tonight where John Edwards admits that the story about his affair is true, and not "tabloid trash full of lies":

John Edwards repeatedly lied during his Presidential campaign about an extramarital affair with a novice filmmaker, the former Senator admitted to ABC News today.

In an interview for broadcast tonight on Nightline, Edwards told ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff he did have an affair with 44-year old Rielle Hunter, but said that he did not love her.

Edwards also denied he was the father of Hunter's baby girl, Frances Quinn, although the one-time Democratic Presidential candidate said he has not taken a paternity test.

Edwards said he knew he was not the father based on timing of the baby's birth on February 27, 2008. He said his affair ended too soon for him to have been the father.

A former campaign aide, Andrew Young, has said he was the father of the child.

According to friends of Hunter, Edwards met her at a New York city bar in 2006. His political action committee later paid her $114,000 to produce campaign website documentaries despite her lack of experience.

Edwards said the affair began during the campaign after she was hired. Hunter traveled with Edwards around the country and to Africa.

Edwards said he told his wife, Elizabeth, and others in his family about the affair in 2006.

Edwards made a point of telling Woodruff that his wife's cancer was in remission when he began the affair with Hunter. Elizabeth Edwards has since been diagnosed with an incurable form of the disease.

First off, how can we accept what he said in this interview is the truth? I say that because he lied about the affair to begin with, so neither of us really buy everything he is admitting to now. Obviously there are other secrets he is likely hiding.

Second, he says he didn't love his mistress, and only began the affair after it was determined that his wife's cancer was in remission. So it makes the affair OK because of those two factors? Give me a break. And if the affair was over, why did he meet with her at the hotel without his wife's knowledge? The guy is a lying, philandering weasel.

The only bad side to this, at least from our point-of-view, is that he isn't the potential presidential candidate. Now his shot at a convention speech is done (though his wife supposedly has one), and any idea of him being Obama's attorney general is over. In one, fell swoop, Edwards has cooked the rest of his potential political career. And to that we say good riddance.

Oh, and one last closing thought. Is it a coincidence that this news broke on a Friday afternoon? We all know what happens to snoozing news on a Friday. It dies over the weekend. It's not like the erupting war between Russia and Georgia. It's not like the no-knock raid that went wrong with Mayor Cheye Calvo. It's celebrity, trash gossip. Edwards will watch this blow over in the next 48 hours.

Like I said, sensible people are yawning over this. Whoopty-doo.

Publius II


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