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Well, John Edwards has admitted that he did, indeed, have an affair with a woman his presidential campaign hired to film a documentary about his campaign.

Maybe this will finally shatter the blackout on the story the LA Times has put such effort into suppressing...

Remarkable timing, though... on a Friday afternoon/night, in August, on the day the Olympics open and the NFL pre-season starts... it's almost like they WANTED this story to get buried.


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He claims it happened when ... (Below threshold)
Maggie Mama:

He claims it happened when Elizabeth was in remission....He claims it was over in 2006....

OK, Elizabeth is no longer in remission ..so what is he doing making middle of the night visits with this woman if he ISN'T THE FATHER?

I like that he went to visi... (Below threshold)
mantis:

I like that he went to visit what he claims is someone else's child at the hotel. Just being, you know, friendly.

Oh, and his claim that he never gave her hush money, but some "friends or supporters" might have, without his knowledge, of course. How nice of them.

What a dipshit.

When John Edward talked abo... (Below threshold)
jpm100:

When John Edward talked about his Two Americas, I guess I assumed he was talking about something different.

"it's almost like they WANT... (Below threshold)
tyree:

"it's almost like they WANTED this story to get buried"

The Democrats learned well from Ted Kennedy. The Apollo moon mission pushed one of his more infamous drunken driving episodes off the front page.

Wow, a Democrat having an e... (Below threshold)
Rick13:

Wow, a Democrat having an extra marital affair! How unusual.

Ann Coulter has called this... (Below threshold)
nehemiah:

Ann Coulter has called this correctly with her last two columns. Usual great insight and observation from Ann. Imagine what the NY/LA Times would do if there were some story of Ann being linked with some married man. Just imagine. Their standards for "relevant public figure" would do a quick 180.

The Times wasn't nearly as ... (Below threshold)
Doc:

The Times wasn't nearly as restrained about Mark Foley or the Haditha Marines. Can't understand why.

I can't even imagine that A... (Below threshold)
JFO:

I can't even imagine that ANY man, unmarried or married, would want to be linked with that thing, i.e. The Witch Coulter.

Wow, a Democrat politician ... (Below threshold)
Rance:

Wow, a Democrat politician having an extra marital affair! How unusual.

That's right JFO, why look ... (Below threshold)
nehemiah:

That's right JFO, why look at Ann when you can have Rosie O'Donnell. Nice of you to not address the very current news (not even a few hours old), to take time to call Ann names. Calling Ann Coulter names -- is that wildly original and new or what?

hhhhhmmmmmm...I wonder how ... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

hhhhhmmmmmm...I wonder how many people will actually watch the interview on ABC as opposed to the Olypmics on NBC?

Man, cheating on your wife that has cancer...that is a new low even for a lawyer...

Hey Nehemiah,I'm a... (Below threshold)
Codekeyguy Author Profile Page:

Hey Nehemiah,

I'm also counting down till WisbangBlue mentions this little "foible"!!! (As an aside, Ann Coulter vs. Reille Hunter. Is this even a choice?)

That's right Rance, it trul... (Below threshold)
nehemiah:

That's right Rance, it truly is very unusual (and I'm not being sarcastic).

'Cause most of them are of a certain orientation and are not allowed to be married in most states.

nehemiah,My commen... (Below threshold)
Rance:

nehemiah,

My comments got garbled in transition. When I posted, there was a strikethrough the word Democrat. HTML tags did not work so well this time.

My point was meant to be that politicians of all stripes have affairs. You only need look as far as the current GOP candidate for someone who had an affair while married.

That's right Codekey, but w... (Below threshold)
nehemiah:

That's right Codekey, but we do have to look at Edwards human side as well -- he was just a guy wanting to get us back to our traditions -- helping our neighbors and the poor, bringing awareness to the difficult life some have to lead losing a child and having a wife with cancer, and getting us back to a time of milf and cookies.

I like that JFO. You know,... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

I like that JFO. You know, the way you capitalized [T]he [W]itch [C]oulter. You really told us! You [T]endencious [O]bnoxious [O]verbearing [L]oser.

Ooops! I hit enter accidentally...

On a more serious note. It... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

On a more serious note. It's really sad that he spent so much time lying about it, especially as he was running for president and preaching, the whole while, a totally different tune. But we're all human. There are many things that go on behind closed doors that we don't know about.

I'll give you an example:
A married couple, dear friends of mine for many years, fell apart when he was diagnosed with inoperable terminal cancer and death loomed before him. He treated her very badly, away from the eyes of many who condemned her when she left him. I saw what was happening. He should have lovingly accepted her caring for him instead taking out his anger and frustration on her to the point where she just couldn't take it anymore. Casual friends badmouthed her and shunned her and made her life even more miserable. I don't know, but I think she may even have had an affair during the time. Frankly, I wouldn't have judged her so harshly.

Anyone who cheats on their spouse is wrong to do so. No matter what. But sometimes we do things uncharacteristically when stress exceeds our ability to cope with it.

I don't know. Maybe John Edwards is really so completely self-centered and it was just for the shear "me" of it all. I'll reserve my personal judgment, but at the same time be glad he's out of the political picture. I think he's getting the punishment he deserves. His career is through. The continuation of his marriage, the one he chose to stay in, will be determined by his wife's forgiveness.

And who knows! He's a Democrat. He may get elected again and serve until he's 93. :)

What comes to my mind - He ... (Below threshold)
Melanie:

What comes to my mind - He lied! And he did it with such calm, peace, absolutes. Makes me wonder about other lies he's told, other than his private life? hmm...

Jay, you forgot to say, ... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

Jay, you forgot to say, "I told you so!"

strike tag testJus... (Below threshold)
Anon Y. Mous:

strike tag test

Just curious.


The preview function showed... (Below threshold)
Anon Y. Mous:

The preview function showed the text with the strikethrough, but it disappeared for the comment. Wish you guys would fix the preview to accurately show what the comment will look like. If you are going to disallow the strikethrough tag for commenters, why not disable it in the preview as well?
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John Edwards weak showing i... (Below threshold)

John Edwards weak showing in this year's contests made him less than a major political figure. Thankfully the Democrats did not nominate him, and instead have a candidate and a wife of excellent character, the Obamas to run instead.

Man, cheating on your wi... (Below threshold)
Brian:

Man, cheating on your wife that has cancer...that is a new low even for a lawyer...

Low, yes. But as Newt showed us, certainly not new.

Wow! JT, all the lefty loon... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

Wow! JT, all the lefty loons really put you down for quoting the Enquirer now they are putting everyone down but Edwards, the piece of crap man that cheats on his wife while she is battling cancer. ww

now they are putting eve... (Below threshold)
Brian:

now they are putting everyone down but Edwards

Really? Because I see references from the left to Edwards as "dipshit" and "low", among others. But hey, why worry about the truth when you can get in a good poke at the left by lying?

The left is a lying breed. ... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The left is a lying breed. We put out our sleazy pols quickly, you guys embrace them. YOu say they are bad, but you let them stay in your processes. So yes, you need to do more then call him a dipshit. HOw about getting him out of any steering or leadership positions? ww

It's annoying that people a... (Below threshold)
cirby:

It's annoying that people are focusing on the affair, and how much he lied when pretending it didn't happen.

That's not the story.

The real story is "the National Enquirer is now the most accurate newspaper in the country, with the best investigative staff."

Scary, eh?

The one who will suffer t... (Below threshold)
irongrampa:

The one who will suffer the most harm in this sorry mess is the only innocent involved.

That's hurtful, imho, and I just hope this young child receives the love and support she needs growing up.

"Remarkable timing, though.... (Below threshold)
max:

"Remarkable timing, though... on a Friday afternoon/night, in August, on the day the Olympics open and the NFL pre-season starts... it's almost like they WANTED this story to get buried." - JT

"The Democrats learned well from Ted Kennedy. The Apollo moon mission pushed one of his more infamous drunken driving episodes off the front page." - tyree

So, tyree, you're saying that Ted Kennedy engineered the moon landing to cover for his drunken debauchery? Amazing.


The truth is, this is straight out of the Bush/Rove playbook. And get used to it. This will be part of the Bush legacy. Bad or potentially embarassing news is released late on Friday. It's actually a pretty good strategy, if you ask me. If we had a media that was worth two shits it'd be irrelevant. Oh well.

John Edwards weak ... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:
John Edwards weak showing in this year's contests made him less than a major political figure. Thankfully the Democrats did not nominate him, and instead have a candidate and a wife of excellent character, the Obamas to run instead.

You have an interesting (if fairly inaccurate) view of how the US government works. (As I recall, you also once referred to Obama 'ruling', but, I believe, it was at Wizbang Blue where you are protected from having listen to anything but an echo chamber of support.)

"The Obama's" aren't running for anything. He is running for President. She isn't.

Given that he made a misogynstic demand that she not be held responsible for her comments, he apparently doesn't think she is running "with" him either.

Credit has to be given to b... (Below threshold)
OhioVoter:

Credit has to be given to blogger Mickey Kaus who has been suggesting for a long time that the Edwards story was much bigger than anyone suspected and that it hadn't gone away.

Were I someone who had sent Edward's money, I would now be wondering what it was used for and feeling a bit used myself.

Not having a "dog in this fight", I just feel bad for all the children involved.

Moral failure should should... (Below threshold)

Moral failure should should surprise no one here.

Oyster made the most telling comment...you never no the real story unless you are very close to the problem. Which very few of us are.

The Edwards' kids are the ones who will suffer the consequences of this the most. Anyone with children knows how heartbreaking these affairs turn out to be.

Thankfully the Democrats... (Below threshold)

Thankfully the Democrats did not nominate him, and instead have a candidate and a wife of excellent character, the Obamas to run instead.

Apparently Mr. Hooson missed the memo from Senator Obama. We're not allowed to discuss his wife in any sort of political terms.

J.

in #32 above..."no... (Below threshold)

in #32 above...

"no" means "know"...I hate spell check

<a href="http://www.youtube... (Below threshold)
KBDaBear:
#33 JT pwns PH.... (Below threshold)
epador:

#33 JT pwns PH.

Ahhh schadenfruede ... watc... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

Ahhh schadenfruede ... watching him admit that he was a lying sack of shit was almost cathartic after that stupid sissy lied to the public repeatedly. I can't wait for an IRS investigation into where her funds came from.

Maybe this will disappear before the Democrat convention, but I doubt it.

The truth is, this is st... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

The truth is, this is straight out of the Bush/Rove playbook. And get used to it. This will be part of the Bush legacy. Bad or potentially embarassing news is released late on Friday

It's a strategy that is decades old, and both parties have played this game. But, hey, if you want to say it's all a Rove plot...


Rove, you magnificent bastard! I betcha HE's the father of the child!

Ahhh schadenfruede ... w... (Below threshold)
James Cloninger:

Ahhh schadenfruede ... watching him admit that he was a lying sack of shit was almost cathartic

You know what's even better? Amanda Marcotte (you remember her, Ms Godbag-HotStickySpirit) is twisting and turning to defend him:

http://pandagon.net/index.php/site/comments/okay_you_got_edwards_now_quit_giving_mccain_a_free_ride/

Basically, she rails that it's none of our business, and Edwards was never a hypocrite on infidelity (though if you scan the comments, there are a number of cites that he was re:Clinton). Also, she surmises that good politicions are supposed to behave in a rather bad manner:

"I've been skeptical about the Edwards story from the beginning, not because I think that any random politician is better than that. To be a successful politician, you have to have the cocky optimism and self-confidence that leads you to think that you can have affairs and get away with it..."

This, from the woman who would often lambase other men for their infidelity.

From the CBS News site this... (Below threshold)
nehemiah:

From the CBS News site this morning:

In 1999, when Edwards was a senator, he said of President Bill Clinton and his affair with Monica Lewinsky:

"I think this president has shown a remarkable disrespect for his office, for the moral dimensions of leadership, for his friends, for his wife, for his precious daughter. It is breathtaking to me the level to which that disrespect has risen."

I always thought Edwards wa... (Below threshold)
Oleg:

I always thought Edwards was a slimebag. Did you hear his interview ? He said something like this: "While I was campaigning I thought it was all about me and that's why I had a one night stand."

What a buffoon. He was a loser in all of the presidential campaigns that he ran. Coming in 3rd is enough for him to decide he is God almighty ??

"This will be part of th... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"This will be part of the Bush legacy."

You can so easily tell when someone is new to politics, can't you? They rarely refer to anything that happened before 2000. Yet, they have no qualms about popping into a discussion and showing their ignorance because they're absolutely certain that before 2000, things weren't like this at all.

"It's a strategy that is de... (Below threshold)
max:

"It's a strategy that is decades old, and both parties have played this game. But, hey, if you want to say it's all a Rove plot..." - James Cloninger

True, James, there is nothing new under the sun. JT, however, seems to think Edwards came up with this nefarious plot on his own. And it was Bush and Rove who elevated this strategy to an art form. You keep toeing that party line, though, you pseudo-intellectual hack.

Poor oyster, you'd be offensive if you weren't so comically pathetic.

Good grief, max, do you see... (Below threshold)

Good grief, max, do you see Karl Rove under your bed at night?

I never said -- or intended to imply -- that Edwards invented the Friday dump tactic. It's been around for ages, long, long before Rove first started handing Democrats their asses.

I brought it up to show that Edwards used it to exploit the other distractions and events, hoping to keep the attention on him to a minimum so that some time down the road he can say "that's old news."

J.

"Poor oyster, you'd be o... (Below threshold)
Oyster:

"Poor oyster, you'd be offensive if you weren't so comically pathetic."

You weren't offended? Damn! I'm gonna have to try harder....

So acknowledging Rove's ski... (Below threshold)
max:

So acknowledging Rove's skills amounts to obsession? What does that say about your obsession with John Edwards? And I'm sure you, as a self described "independent," call out Bush every time he pulls this shit, right?

Or not.

Rielle Hunter's father and ... (Below threshold)
Robert Lewis:

Rielle Hunter's father and his role in electrocuting horses in insurance fraud

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