By Glenn McCoy...
I've resisted posting on this all week but can no longer. On July 22 the National Enquirer followed up on a story it published late last year about John Edwards allegedly fathering an illegitimate baby....
This time NE appeared to catch Edwards visiting mom and baby. By this weekend the story had blanketed the Internet and is just starting to get mainstream play.
Let me first say, as I have said previously re: mothers in similar high profile crisis pregnancies, if this is true kudos to Hunter for carrying her baby under I'm sure enormous pressure to abort.
According to the Courant.com, "Edwards later issued a brief statement criticizing the tabloids. He didn't address the love child story, though it was the right time to deny it if it isn't true." If someone can find that statement, please link.
A couple bloggers are pointing back to a September 2007 Huffington Post story that may now make more sense.
Even as you liberals prepare to lambaste me for posting allegations, let me ask where were you when the New York Times alleged on its front page that John McCain had had an affair with a lobbyist?
Also consider this warning from your own, Huffington Post's Lee Stranahan, today, well worth reading in its entirety:
The truth is that I believe anyone who looks into the John Edwards/Rielle Hunter affair story will see that Edwards has, at best, acted in a very suspicious manner for over a year now....
At first, I was skeptical of the National Enquirer story catching Edwards leaving the Beverly Hills Hotel at 2:45am because there were no pictures and the tabloids aren't reliable. Now it turns out that Edwards was at the hotel, so was Ms. Hunter, and that he when he saw reporters he hid in the bathroom until security guards came and got him....
Let's go with the assumption that Edwards is innocent for a moment; he didn't have the affair so the baby isn't his. If he didn't do anything wrong then it seems like he'd have good reasons to stop the rumors. A DNA test months ago would have ended all speculation about the paternity of the baby. Isn't that a better, less suspicious move than pulling down all the videos that Rielle Hunter helped produce about him for his campaign?...
It seems to me that this is going to be a tsunami-sized scandal for the Democratic Party and right now the coming typhoon of press coverage is close to breaking. We're at the point of calm before the big waves hit but there are signs of the impending deluge. Jay Leno is making jokes about it. Perez Hilton is on the story. The mainstream media is fairly quiet but the most ominous silence right now is from the progressive blogosphere.
The progressive blogosphere is ignoring this story at its own peril because it's going to be big. At this moment, there's a weird state of denial about the entire thing...
A blog by John McQuaid said that there's no "physical evidence a la Bill Clinton." Well, there's a baby. Not a stained dress left to hang in the closet for a few months but a real cooing, smiling little baby who I assume looks adorable on camera and probably has nice hair. That lil' tyke is stuffed full of DNA, too. Cute little DNA.
Despite what some people are going to say, this is news. A former Senator and Vice Presidential candidate who was running for President less than six months ago and is now on the short list for Vice President has a long affair during the campaign and fathers a child, covers it up, and then is caught at a hotel with the mother of the child. News! Oh - and his wife made regular appearances on the campaign trail and has been diagnosed with cancer. If it were Mitt Romney, you'd be hearing peels of laughter and the satisfying smacking sound of Merlot and Starbucks fueled high fives coming from the nearest blue state. Would it have made the progressive blogs? C'mon, of course it would....
It's too early to know if the rumors are true, but so what if Edwards fathered a
child out of wedlock ? And this has never been true of conservative republican politicians ? Come on.
It's all a right-wing conspiracy. I heard Rush paid for Edwards' drinks at the bar in an effort to throw the election.Posted by: xalisae at July 27, 2008 11:57 AM
Posted by: Mary
at July 27, 2008 12:10 PM
Edwards leaves a Beverly Hills hotel, not exactly a discreet out of the way place, in the wee hours of the morning. Its certainly not like he would be recognized or anything, he only ran for president. It reminds me of world famous evangelist Jimmy Swaggert chasing after his $10.00 Baton Rouge streetwalker brilliantly "disguised" in a sweatsuit.
Certainly with their millions they could pay for all the necessary discretion.
Do these clowns think they're invisible or what?
The cartoon is so funny!Posted by: LauraLoo at July 27, 2008 1:17 PM
Do these clowns think they're invisible or what?
Posted by: Mary at July 27, 2008 12:10 PM
Posted by: Eileen
at July 27, 2008 1:28 PM
Yes, Mary, they do. Their hubris knows no bounds. At least most Republicans resign. Democrats whine and yell, "conspiracy! mudslinging! persecution!" and shamelessly go on about their business. It's pretty despicable.
I'm wondering if any politicians are faithful. They have the "perfect" situation for cheating, a loyal wife who doesn't want to ruin her husband's career by exposing his infidelity. I pray for all parties injured by this type of indiscretion. It's a horrible example to set for the young people of our country who look up to these politicians.Posted by: Janet at July 27, 2008 2:39 PM
The National Enquirer, Jill? Really?Posted by: reality at July 27, 2008 3:02 PM
Jill makes an excellent point about the New York Times' make believe story about McCain's alleged romance, but not a word about this. Oh yes, that is the same New York Times that refused to print McCain's editorial submission. Hmmmm. It is no surprise that the readership numbers for the Times is plummeting. There is not even a pretense at objectivity.Posted by: Jerry at July 27, 2008 4:36 PM
I see most politicians as parasitic leeches on society.Posted by: Doug at July 27, 2008 6:25 PM
The National Enquirer sure was right about Clinton!Posted by: Mary at July 27, 2008 7:05 PM
Excellent point. I remember when Clinton's flashing Paula Jones was "propositioning" and the alleged rape of Juanita Broaderick a "private matter". Nooo, there's no double standard in our media.
What a sad commentary on our media when we must look to the National Enquirer for accurate reporting and not the New York Post. Perhaps our nation's media could take some lessons from them.
Was there ever a shred of proof, or something even close to it, to implicate McCain?
Why do you assume she was under "enormous pressure to abort"? When you know nothing of two people besides their politics, you can't possibly presume to know how they handle their personal matters, no matter how many tabloids you read about them.Posted by: JKeller at July 27, 2008 9:09 PM
JKeller: Why do you assume she was under "enormous pressure to abort"?
I can't answer for Jill, but don't you think she must have been told by friends that "abortion would take care of the problem"? Isn't that how most people think these days?Posted by: Janet at July 28, 2008 10:28 AM
Are you pro-choice or pro-life? What would you have advised her to do?Posted by: Janet at July 28, 2008 10:30 AM
You know, even if this allegation is true (and I'm withholding judgment until proof replaces speculation), you do have to give John Edwards some credit. Instead of turning around and abandoning mother and child, he is still a part of their lives, despite what it could cost him politically.Posted by: A. at July 28, 2008 10:48 AM
I agree!Posted by: Janet at July 28, 2008 11:42 AM
Posted by: Mary
at July 28, 2008 12:04 PM
He visits mother and child in a Beverly Hills hotel and sneaks out in the wee hours of the morning. Maybe he's still just having fun with mom.
I don't really consider a suggestion to be "enormous pressure", though. I think more of threat, force or blackmail when I hear that phrase.
I am pro choice to answer your question, and the advice I would have given this woman is to trust her own judgement.Posted by: JKeller at July 28, 2008 1:47 PM
JKeller: I don't really consider a suggestion to be "enormous pressure", though. I think more of threat, force or blackmail when I hear that phrase.
I am pro choice to answer your question, and the advice I would have given this woman is to trust her own judgement.
I hadn't considered the idea of "threat, force, blackmail". That, we don't know. Thanks for your response.Posted by: Janet at July 28, 2008 2:07 PM
I don't really like John Edwards but can't help but feel sorry for him because he lost a teen aged son. I don't condone marital infidelity, but hey at least his love child is alive.
I can't explain why, but I feel sad when I see something like that.
Illegitimate or not, I hope he has a good relationship with his child and the child's mother.
Illegitimate kids have feelings too.Posted by: hippie at July 29, 2008 5:08 PM
I'm with you. Mrs. Edwards is battling cancer and two children face the loss of their mother.
Its time for the father and husband of this family to grow up.
Mrs. Edwards also lost a son, and is battling for her life. She has conducted herself with dignity and courage. Sorry, but I'm very hard pressed to feel sorry for her husband.Posted by: Mary at July 30, 2008 1:37 PM