Friday, August 14, 2009

John Edwards: fessing up at last?

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.

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.
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?

Note: STILL NOT CONVINCED, particularly lately, that the country IS fully ready, but that's another blog post.


JoJo said...

John Edwards makes me sick. I used to adore him; but when I heard this on the news this morning, I wanted to puke. What a pig.

sheila said...

It's about damned time. What did he think...the whole world is stupid? Whatta moron. I feel sorry for Elizabeth but that lady needs to open her eyes.

Rachel said...

I agree that it is best to vote in the Republican primaries.

Meowser said...

I was an Edwards voter. It seemed to me like he was about the only one really talking about the yawning gap between rich and poor.

But that's also the reason he never had a chance. I suspect he knew he had no shot with Obama and Clinton being much better funded (with corporate $$) than he was, plus not currently holding elective office, but wanted to play a gadfly role in the primaries. If he actually had had a real chance at the nomination, we would have found out about all of this stuff a lot sooner. I'm pretty sure somebody would have said something, and that's all it would have taken to get the ball rolling. The only reason the media didn't bother then was because he wasn't going to win anyway, and they were busy with the Obama-fake-birth-certificate and Hillary-is-a-bigot stuff.

Sungold said...

To Sheila: I think Elizabeth suspected strongly or even knew. She's just doing damage control for when her youngest kids are old enough to understand but she may no longer be with them. :-(

I was always suspicious of the Andrew Young story. Probably you who live in the South understood just *how* suspicious we shoulda been.

What a piece of luck for the Democrats that Edwards didn't bag the nomination before the dam burst.

Dennis the Vizsla said...

I don't know what it is with these guys ... they need locks on their zippers or something. I mean, seriously, do they really think they'll get away with this sort of behavior?

CrackerLilo said...

@ Sheila: I think Elizabeth's eyes *are* open. In her spot, I can see why she'd want to make the bastard pay (and pay some more!) and do the best she could for the kids.

I pretty much just assume that all politicians cheat or are tempted, and hope they screw a consenting legal-age person rather than an entire state or country.

Annie said...

never liked him. i have a pretty good slimeball detector, thanks to knowing a few in my time.

human said...

I also used to be a big Edwards fan because of his talk about poverty. But what a colossal asshole - not just screwing around on his wife, but denying the child is his EVEN AFTER he had admitted to sleeping with the woman. What the hell is it with guys doing that anyway. "Yeah, I slept with her, but she's such a slut that the kid has to be someone else's" -- like that's going to make it any better!

The man is a jerk, that is for sure.

Ann O'Dyne said...

I have just read this at The Daily Mail:
'The Enquirer reports were emphatically denied by Mr Edwards and his campaign team - but the magazine doggedly stood by its story for months.
Then, its reporters caught the politician visiting Ms Hunter in a Los Angeles hotel.
He later held a press conference to admit the affair and confessed to fathering a child with the campaign worker. Mr Edwards and Ms Hunter's daughter, Frances Quinn, is now aged two.
Elizabeth Edwards, who was battling cancer, immediately ended their 32-year marriage.
However, the Enquirer has also gotten it wrong with regards to Mr Edwards: Last February the magazine also reported he and Ms Hunter were engaged. That report was also denied.'

and I find it hilarious that JE is all uppity denying an engagement when a toddler undeniably exists.
hilarious. Not hilarious is that the toddler will Guugle one day and need therapy as a result.