That ought to be the DNC’s new slogan. It seems to apply to pretty much every candidate they ever put forward. This time, however, it’s the “son of a mill worker” and Obama’s potential Attorney General pick who cheated on his wife while she battled cancer. Nice touch, Silky. (See Update 2, apparently John was counting the days until the her cancer made him an eligible bachelor again)
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…
Not only is this an indictment on the moral character of the Democrats’ choice for VP in 2004, but it’s yet another indictment on the MSM, who refused to touch this story for almost a year. It says a lot when the National Enquirer has more credibility than traditional media. Was it just biased journalism or was there a coverup extending into the MSM?
Sure, Democrats will spin this as nothing more than sex between consenting adults. They don’t have the capacity to understand moral character, so it will be fairly easy to dismiss this as a non-event as they’ve done in the past.
But the questions are mounting. If he lied repeatedly on the campaign trail about this, what else did he do to cover it up? Was Hunter paid to deny the allegations? Did he know about payments made to Hunter? Were campaign funds used? (See Update 3 for more on this question) Is Andrew Young part of a coverup claiming to be the father of the child? If the affair ended as long ago as Edwards claims it did, and he’s not the child’s father… what was he doing secretly meeting with Hunter in a Hollywood hotel until the early morning hours last week?
Finally, I think John Edwards, the 2004 Democrat VP nominee and 2008 Democrat Presidential Candidate sums up why this story is worthy of publicity…
I think every single candidate for president, Republican and Democratic have lives, personal lives, that indicate something about what kind of human being they are. And I think it is a fair evaluation for America to engage in to look at what kind of human beings each of us are, and what kind of president we’d make
Consider the evaluation complete, Silky.
Maybe this is what he meant by “Two Americas“… one for each of his families.
UPDATE 2: Well, isn’t that sweet? In March, 2007, the Edwards campaign announced that Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer had returned and was incurable. A few months later, the New York Post published this interesting question:
WHICH political candidate enjoys visiting New York because he has a girlfriend who lives downtown? The pol tells her he’ll marry her when his current wife is out of the picture.
I guess we now know the answer to “which political candidate”. I’ll let you figure out what he meant by “out of the picture”…
UPDATE 3: About that hush money. Fred Baron, a renowned Texas trial lawyer who evolved into one of the Democratic Party’s key fund-raisers and chairman of Edwards’ 2004 and 2008 finance committee, admitted making payments to Hunter. He claims Edwards didn’t know about the payment. Is he that big of an idiot, or does he think we are?
But the payments raise questions about money paid to Hunter through Edwards’ political action committee.
Edwards and Hunter first met during the winter of 2006 in a New York bar, according to published reports.
Hunter’s film company, Midline Groove Productions, was incorporated in Delaware on June 30, 2006, according to business records.
In a four-month span, Edwards’ political action committee paid $100,000 to Hunter’s newly formed video production company for four Web videos. That was followed by two smaller payments totaling $14,461 from Edwards’ PAC, the last one coming on April 1, 2007.
It was unclear why the campaign stopped contributing to Midline.
And about Andrew Young, the campaign aide who claims to be the father of Edwards’ mistress’s child:
[Hunter] and Andrew Young, who claims to be the father of her baby, worked under Baron during Edwards’ campaign.
Young was described by acquaintances as an unassuming family man from North Carolina who developed a loyalty to Edwards over the years.
Late last year, amid tabloid reports that Edwards had fathered Hunter’s child, Young, 42, suddenly surfaced to issue the statement that the baby was his. He abruptly quit his position with Edwards and, with financial help from Baron, packed up his family and went into hiding.
I don’t think Hollywood could get away with a script this obvious.