Left: John Edwards, photo from C-Span's Campaign Network.
As sports fans may recall, I have Edwards voters RIGHT IN MY OWN HOUSEHOLD! I strategically voted for Ron Paul in the South Carolina GOP primary, to take votes away from the mainstream GOP candidates and to try to move the Republican party leftward (on the war issue, particularly). Mr Daisy voted for John Edwards.
And so, as usual, I got hooted at for my strategic voting... that is, until this scandal broke. Not a single yap of criticism since! Hahahaha.
The conventional wisdom is that Edwards nearly destroyed the Democratic party. At the very least, a bullet was truly dodged. It's a huge relief he was not crowned the party's choice, as many southern Democrats believed he would be. I wrote here about how Edwards went from Ashley Wilkes to Barney Fife, one southern archetype to another, overnight!
Currently, waiting for the press conference, in which he will finally fess up, 18 months AFTER THE FACT.
And how will his daughter process the information, years from now, when she learns her daddy did not claim her until forced to, by some damn BOOK?
Sources: Edwards to admit paternity of ex-mistress' child
Raleigh, N.C. — Sources have told WRAL News that they expect former U.S. Sen. John Edwards to admit that he is the father of his former mistress' 18-month-old daughter.What a sordid mess. I should have expected this from some lawyer-turned-Senator who got rich off poor people's misfortune, but I was busy thinking he looked good on TV and we therefore might be able to take back the White House. Who knew the country was ready for a black president?
Edwards, a two-time Democratic presidential candidate, confessed last August to having an affair with Rielle Hunter, who served as a videographer on Edwards' 2008 campaign. He has denied fathering her daughter, saying his relationship with Hunter ended before the child was conceived.
The name of the girl's father isn't disclosed on her birth certificate.
Andrew Young, a long-time Edwards aide, initially claimed to be the father of Hunter's child, but he is reportedly writing a book in which he will claim Edwards is the father.
A federal grand jury is investigating whether Edwards' campaign funds were illegally paid to Hunter to keep quiet about the affair.
Note: STILL NOT CONVINCED, particularly lately, that the country IS fully ready, but that's another blog post.