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Affair Allegation Rocks Edwards Campaign

Could the net doom netroots favorite John Edwards? Is he the 2008 version of Gary Hart? Well Google offers a tantalizing tidbit of extra information on The National Enquirer's story about an alleged affair the very married John Edwards had with an unknown woman. Among the interesting pieces on information in the Enquirer piece:
"The affair started about 18 months ago," a friend says the woman confessed to her. "When they met at a bar, sparks flew immediately.

Now in what appeared to be an unrelated piece at Huffington Post Sam Stein has been investigating the mysterious disappearance of a series of webisodes which has Edwards supporters in particular absolutely loosing their shit... FishbowlLA points to the one remaining webisode which is every bit as dull as one would expect...

That lead to an interesting discovery in an old Newsweek on the webisodes.

The Webisodes are the brainchild of Rielle Hunter, a filmmaker who met Edwards at a New York bar where Edwards was having a business meeting. "I didn't think it was John Edwards," Hunter recalls, "because the public persona did not mesh at all with the person who was sitting in front of me." Hunter pitched Edwards on the documentaries as a medium for bringing the "real John Edwards" to the people.

The previously unknown Hunter (who previously went by Lisa Druck) was paid over $100,000 by Edward's OneAmericaCommittee in 2006 (coincidentally matching the 18 month time frame of The National Enquirer story) to follow Edwards around the country. How convenient, no?

Now where there's smoke there's not necessarily fire, but anyone even remotely familiar with Edwards has to have wondered at some point about his pairing with wife Elizabeth. A looks mismatch like that usually involves a family fortune on the wife's side... Throw in cancer and kids and you've got a made for tabloid story just waiting to explode.

Mickey Kaus has more speculation on the potential fallout from the Breck Girl's Girl Affair.


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Your tawdry gossip leaves a... (Below threshold)

Your tawdry gossip leaves a bad taste in my mouth. I dislike John Edwards, but his potential infidelity bears no relation to his policial views. If he had an affair, then that's his and Mrs. Edward's business, not your's, nor mine.

Your article has more insinuations than facts; your vitriolic speculations about John Edwards' motives for marrying Mrs. Edwards are repulsive.

LMAO.....so does this mean ... (Below threshold)

LMAO.....so does this mean he can catch B. Hussein Obama and The Hilla beast in the polls or what?

pbuck ~ Thank you for takin... (Below threshold)

pbuck ~ Thank you for taking to heart our motto: "We report - you deride." You might put your indignation on eBay, or fold it five ways and place it where the sun don't shine.

Kevin ~ Sorry, I should have refreshed the main page before posting on the same subject over at Politics. Perhaps my sensitive, sweet, non-tawdry, anti-judgmental, and eminently good-tasting approach would be more to pbuck's liking.

Alas, I fear nothing short of a regular government check could keep these lefties satisfied . . .

I'm just wondering if this ... (Below threshold)

I'm just wondering if this will go the Gary Hart way or the Bill Clinton way.

I was just thinking how Hillary has tried and failed miserably to appeal to the Nutroots. Lately Obama has been trying with the lapel pin etc.

They can't take away the support from Edwards. I was actually thinking only a few days ago Edwards is about to be kneecapped. My timing was spot on, I must say.

Well, it's certainly somewh... (Below threshold)

Well, it's certainly somewhat refreshing to hear of a politician accused of a more normal affair after the news of "Lavatory" Larry Craig or "Diaperman" David Vitter left a sordit bad taste. Maybe not all politicians are involved in "Twilight Zone" strange weird sex fetishes afterall.

In a related way, I heard the worst quote of the week a few days ago when flipping channels past the "JERRY SPRINGER SHOW" when a female audience member noted that, "Only in America can you see sheep onstage". Groan.

At least the late night comics like Leno, Letterman and Conan find all the weirdness in Washington a real gift. Bill Clinton became the gift that keeps on giving.

So your running with this s... (Below threshold)

So your running with this story based on The National Enquirer as your primary source?

I love this. Johnny trots o... (Below threshold)

I love this. Johnny trots out his wife to tell us she has cancer but is fighting it and he with her, but on the side he is boinking someone else. Such committment. ww

Rance, maybe you haven't lo... (Below threshold)

Rance, maybe you haven't looked at things lately, but ever since the Carol Burnett lawsuit the supermarket tabloids have been a HELL of a lot more accurate than the "mainstream" press. I'd put a bit more faith in a report from the Enquirer than the New York Times.


Jay Tea,After all ... (Below threshold)

Jay Tea,

After all the noise about Rathergate that was raised here, I expected that you would be more careful about your sources than to run with a story based an alleged third party source as quoted in a supermarket tabloid.

I'm pretty sure the Nationa... (Below threshold)
sean nyc/aa:

I'm pretty sure the National Enquirer has been running stories lately about how George Bush is back on the bottle and Laura is going to leave him once they're out of the White House.

If you're going to report on this John Edwards NE article, you should truly cover the entire range of semi-plausible articles they publish.

Paul H " "Lavatory" ... (Below threshold)

Paul H
" "Lavatory" Larry Craig ... Maybe not all politicians are involved in "Twilight Zone" strange weird sex fetishes afterall. "

Gay sex is a 'weird sex fetish'? Typical homophobic Left. Why do you hate so much?

Nice to see the Left that gays support so fervently will take them for granted and disparage them at the drop of a hat.

The reason humans are the o... (Below threshold)

The reason humans are the only mammals with menopause is that human females reach an age when their accretion of cultural wisdom makes them too valuable to risk in childbirth.

EdwardsHasAnAffair, certain... (Below threshold)

EdwardsHasAnAffair, certainly nothing is wrong with a healthy long-term loving gay relationship, but certainly it is unhealthy and morally suspect for a guy like Larry Craig to lurk around men's rooms looking for quick impersonal gratification, with no concerns about the health of the "quickie" partner, whether or not they have some disease, etc. Most gay relationships certainly don't involve quick sex in men's rooms, gloryholes or a guy standing with his feet in a shopping bag to hide the second set of feet in a stall. This is all bad public conduct as well as criminal. And quick impersonal gratification by prostitutes by heterosexual men is equally a bad practice as well and often ends up in robbery, arrest or other dangers for the "Johns".

OK, Paul, how many fingers ... (Below threshold)

OK, Paul, how many fingers do you see in front of you?

That thesis about menopause and the cultural value of 'aged' women is not mine. I read it in the Smithsonian Magazine about 15 years ago. I don't understand why it is not common knowledge. It is intuitively true and meta feminist.

Two possibilities:... (Below threshold)

Two possibilities:

1. This story can ultimately be traced back to the Hillary! camp. She's playing hardball.

2. This story comes from the Edwards camp. He has a reputation for being a sissy nancy-boy. Why not fight this image by starting a rumor that burnishes his heterosexual credentials?

If I had to guess, I'd say (1) is more likely than (2).

The worst offense known to ... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

The worst offense known to man apparently occurred when Newt divorced his wife in the midst of her illness. I await similar indignation from the left in this case...

Now where there's ... (Below threshold)
Now where there's smoke there's not necessarily fire, but anyone even remotely familiar with Edwards has to have wondered at some point about his pairing with wife Elizabeth. A looks mismatch like that usually involves a family fortune on the wife's side ... Throw in cancer and kids and you've got a made for tabloid story just waiting to explode.
I am Elizabeth Edwards' anti-fan. But that is the dumbest spot in an otherwise spot-on post, Kevin. There was no "looks mismatch" at the beginning of their marriage, so that point is effectively moot.

Not that I don't think Elizabeth hasn't politicized their sex life by revealing that her latest cancer mestatasis came to light when she felt her rib "pop" during vigorous love-making with John. It just seems like a cheap point. Do I think their marriage is the same way it was when they were first married? Hardly. And John Edwards seems to far to enamored of himself (esp. his "staring-into-his-very-own-compact" looks) to be in a monogamous relationship with his wife.

And where does one get those $100,000 campaign mistress P.R. Coordinator gigs? I'd sign up for one with Fred Thompson tomorrow!

And folks, here's the kicke... (Below threshold)

And folks, here's the kicker. That social value accrues matriarchically, powers expressed via familial traces. See the meta? So much of feminism suppresses that power, which is so strong as to bring about, through evolutionary pressure, menopause. That is some strong.

Bottom line? I've little d... (Below threshold)

Bottom line? I've little doubt this Rielle gurl can make some man powerful in the far off. Not next year yet, honey. Do some chillun.

So He does have some balls!... (Below threshold)

So He does have some balls! good for Him.

I have long believed that E... (Below threshold)

I have long believed that Edwards subscribes to a rather soft and flexible morality, specifically embodied by his passion for chasing money and enriching himself while claiming to be an advocate for the poor.

While an affair doesn't contradict his rather sleazy character, we should be careful with accusations until reasonable doubt is removed.

But when (or if) that happens, Republicans should not hesitate to play the Edwards=Newt card as often as possible. (Thanks, Jeff Blogworthy!)

Way to go John boy! I'd ta... (Below threshold)
Bill Clinton:

Way to go John boy! I'd tap that too! Send her my way when you are done.

Your friend,


Leapin' Lizards, Gull, watc... (Below threshold)

Leapin' Lizards, Gull, watch that tale.

"..and morally suspect for ... (Below threshold)

"..and morally suspect for a guy like Larry Craig to lurk around men's rooms looking for quick impersonal gratification, with no concerns about the health of the "quickie" partner, whether or not they have some disease, etc.."

My, my; you certainly want to be 'judgemental' of others actions. I guess the Lefties want to get into everyone's bedrooms.

For years it was the Repubs and Conservatives who were accused of intruding into everyone's sex lives. The Lefties always told us that it was nobody's business, no matter what 'it' was. Guess that was all empty words.

I can't stand Edwards. How... (Below threshold)

I can't stand Edwards. However, I smell the Clinton smear machine here.

"I'd put a bit more fait... (Below threshold)
GOP wide stance:

"I'd put a bit more faith in a report from the Enquirer than the New York Times."

Yep, I'm sure you would. That explains the shit you fling on a daily basis.

So Sean, can we say the sam... (Below threshold)

So Sean, can we say the same of HuffPo that you do of the National Enquirer? So it would seem, to inquiring minds.

Hooson, you're positively d... (Below threshold)

Hooson, you're positively delirious if you really think that the majority of gay sex occurs in stable and loving relationships.

MSM has been awfully quiet ... (Below threshold)

MSM has been awfully quiet on the subject. Now if this involved a member of the GOP, it would be in the AP headlines.

COgirl,Not only is... (Below threshold)


Not only is the MSM quiet on this, so is Drudge, you would thing he would be all over it.

The only one's pushing this story are The Enquirer and Ann Coulter, and she's basing her story on the Enquirer.

Do not want.If I wan... (Below threshold)

Do not want.
If I wanted the National Enquirer I'd go to Wizbang Blue. The "looks mismatch" was the worst part. How about just noting this thing in a politics or pop roundup instead of wasting precious bytes?

<a href="http://www.mydd.co... (Below threshold)

From MyDD

Rielle Hunter released the following statement through a spokesperson:

"The innuendoes and lies that have appeared on the internet and in the National Enquirer concerning John Edwards are not true, completely unfounded and ridiculous.

My video production company was hired by the Edwards camp on a 6 month contract, which we completed December 31, 2006.

When working for the Edwards camp, my conduct as well as the conduct of my entire team was completely professional.

This concocted story is just dirty politics and I want no part of it."

Just a total bullshit story.
EdwardsHadAnAffair...WithAW... (Below threshold)


I must agree with Hooson here, the whole bathroom sex deal is indeed a fetish. And you say, "I guess the Lefties want to get into everyone's bedrooms." Ummm, this wasn't his edroom, it was a public bathroom!! That being said, I do agree with you on this point:

"The Lefties always told us that it was nobody's business, no matter what 'it' was. Guess that was all empty words."

So is that the rule? Your p... (Below threshold)

So is that the rule? Your private sexual adventures are only private if they take place in a bedroom?

That rule musta been made by the Flophouse Owners of America.

They must really think he'l... (Below threshold)

They must really think he'll do something to help the poor.
He may get my vote yet.

wavemaker,So you hav... (Below threshold)

So you have the majority of your gay sex outside of stable loving relationships?

Somebody needs to call Cric... (Below threshold)

Somebody needs to call Crickmore. By his standards, a polygraph is just the minimum requirement.....oh, my bad, Edwards is white...nevermind.

Edwards Sleeps with Longtim... (Below threshold)

Edwards Sleeps with Longtime Supporter as Frequently as Possible!!

Has multiple children from the relationship!!!

The woman in question, Elizabeth Edwards, could not be reached for comment, only giggles.

Robert, I only know what th... (Below threshold)

Robert, I only know what the gay friends I know tell me. And what the surveys of the gay pop show.

Please--all the stuggling f... (Below threshold)

Please--all the stuggling film grads in the world and he hires some blond he met in a bar? And pays a decent chunk of change for some very dull videos, that are now not available for viewing?

She better be a bone marrow donor.

Another liberal demacratic ... (Below threshold)
Spurwing Plover:

Another liberal demacratic skirt chaser and sex feind

Poor, poor Jay Tea.<p... (Below threshold)
ChildrenS Do Learn:

Poor, poor Jay Tea.

Alas, the only thing one of your Republicans like The Chimp or Darth Cheney could ever hope to win is a Conviction at The Hague for War Crimes of the 21st Century.

Stupid, foolish, sockpuppet... (Below threshold)

Stupid, foolish, sockpuppet.






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