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Edwards Admits to Affair
Posted by: MichaelW on Friday, August 08, 2008

Rielle Hunter used to be the former Senator and erstwhile Presidential candidate's lover, but he claims the kid is not his son:
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, but said that he did not love her.

Edwards also denied he was the father of Hunter's baby girl, Frances Quinn, although the one-time Democratic Presidential candidate said he has not taken a paternity test.

[...]

Edwards said his wife, Elizabeth, and others in his family became aware of the affair in 2006.

Edwards made a point of telling Woodruff that his wife's cancer was in remission when he began the affair with Hunter. Elizabeth Edwards has since been diagnosed with an incurable form of the disease.
Why does this matter at all? For two reasons. The first is this:
When the National Enquirer first reported the alleged Edwards-Hunter affair last October 11, Edwards, his campaign staff and Hunter vociferously denounced the report.

"The story is false, it's completely untrue, it's ridiculous," Edwards told reporters then.

He repeated his denials just two weeks ago.

Combined with the facts that his wife is dying of cancer, and that he made a big deal last year of moving on with his campaign despite the diagnosis, Edwards' admission is huge. It shows just what a smarmy, two-faced, unapologetic liar he really is. And considering that his wife probably has a bigger following than he does amongst the distaff side of netroots region, he can kiss any potential political career he might have had good bye.

The second reason this story is important is because it was investigated, developed, and reported entirely outside the MSM. Indeed, the LA Times famously discouraged its bloggers and reporters from even touching the subject. Overall, this story has shown what a complete failure the major media is, and only serves to underscore why they don't deserve to be trusted.

[HT: shark]

UPDATE: Be prepared for lots of zingers like this:
Well, there are two Americas. Edwards had a wife in one and a girlfriend in the other. What's the big deal?
Also, Ann Althouse makes a great point (via Instapundit):

Imagine if he'd gotten the nomination. What a selfish bastard — to run for the nomination while parading his cancerous wife about and knowing that if he won this story could have come out at any time — maybe in October — screwing up his party's chances!
And there's this from Stephen Spruiell:
Overheard in the office: "Why would Edwards admit the affair but deny fathering the child?"

I'll tell you why: Elizabeth Edwards was diagnosed with incurable cancer in late March of 2007. Rielle Hunter's baby was born in late February of 2008. That means that if Edwards is the father, he was definitely still carrying on the affair with Hunter after he knew his wife's cancer was back.
Suddenly, John Edwards is interesting!
 
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I remember when John Edwards first came on the national stage. I remember the fawning profiles of him in the compliant mainstream media. I remember him being touted as presidential material when he barely had any Senate experiece. He looked like an empty suit to me at the time, and I’ve seen nothing to change that opinion since then.

For some reason, I’m experiencing deja vu this year.

At least John Edwards is behind us. If Obama blows this election in a year in which all the underlying metrics favor Democrats, he’ll go the same route. And given how weak he has looked as a candidate, I think that’s quite possible.

(Not that I care much either way. I think Obama would be worse than McCain, but Republicans would oppose Obama where they’ll roll over for McCain, so it’s pretty much a wash to me. Plus the last president that puts me in mind of Obama is Carter, and his disastrous term led to the biggest change in conventional wisdom in Washington in my lifetime.)
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Not that I care much either way. I think Obama would be worse than McCain, but Republicans would oppose Obama where they’ll roll over for McCain, so it’s pretty much a wash to me. Plus the last president that puts me in mind of Obama is Carter, and his disastrous term led to the biggest change in conventional wisdom in Washington in my lifetime.
Those are my sentiments almost exactly, Billy. Which makes this year’s election both completely depressing, and yet oddly freeing. Watching it take place without feeling like I have a dog in the fight sheds a whole different light on the process.
 
Written By: MichaelW
URL: http://qando.net
The most amusing aspect of this (and all the other instances of agenda journalism) is just how contorted the illogic will be by some on the left to prove that the media is neutral, or even right-biased.
 
Written By: bains
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This is actually pretty big, because didn’t Obama or his campaign drop some hints Edwards would be high on list of choices for AG?

I guess this is going to be one of those "John Edwards isn’t the man I thought I knew" moments for Obama?

This is going to be viewed as a watershed moment for a lot of the legacy media I think- when you’re pwn3d by the Enquirer on a pretty major story for gods sake!

 
Written By: shark
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This is actually pretty big, because didn’t Obama or his campaign drop some hints Edwards would be high on list of choices for AG?
Good point, shark.
 
Written By: MichaelW
URL: http://qando.net
Which makes this year’s election ...oddly freeing...
Yep. I’m looking at the distinct possibility that I will not bother to vote in a presidential election for the first time in my adult life. I’m slated to be at a conference that week, though I could take the trouble to vote early if I cared. But I don’t.

I don’t care about the presidential election, Tennessee has no senator or governor up this year, and Davidson County (Nashville) has not elected anyone to Congress that wasn’t a Democrat in my lifetime. So what’s the point?
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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This leaves Barack & Hillary alone atop the heap of most arrogant & pompous candidates (or former candidates). Cheating on one’s spouse while she has cancer is indescribably heartless. Running for President at the same time (and thinking you will not be caught) is a sign of detachment from reality that is truly mind-boggling. Not surprising from a man who regularly spoke of "two Americas" as if he could feel the pain of the "less fortunate" from the solarium of his mansion. My heart goes out to his wife - hopefully she can find a good trial lawyer to collect her just due from this pompous *ss.
 
Written By: rwt2008
URL: http://rightwingthink.wordpress.com/
You know, I’m writing this as someone who is big-time down on adultery and hypocrisy. I thought Clinton should have resigned rather than force Monica to testify about their affair, the "pro Family" big-mouths caught in most anti-family activities get what they deserve, and I don’t take any of this lightly.

But, aside maybe from the new governor of NY, who made the preemptive strike by pre-announcing his years-ago affair, does anyone ever really admit this stuff until they’re caught?

I get that Edwards ran on the whole "I’m a good, caring person" shtick. But, how do we know what’s been going on in that marriage? There is an unbearable strain when one spouse is sick. There are both physical and emotional repercussions. Who knows what the two of them have come to terms with?

I love this site, but man, there’s a lot of judgmental shadenfreude going on here. It’s just a sad story all around, and the gleeful tone doesn’t help much.
 
Written By: Amy
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Edwards wife should get our well wishes from her illness but I am already tired of hearing how wonderful she is. She was involved in the coverup as much as anyone. Campaigning for Edwards while withholding information. Don’t turn her into another lily of a woman used by her horrid man unaware.
 
Written By: SkyWatch
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Best headline (so far) ...

Prominent Democrat Comes Out In Favor Of Drilling
 
Written By: Neo
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I love this site, but man, there’s a lot of judgmental shadenfreude going on here. It’s just a sad story all around, and the gleeful tone doesn’t help much.
Fair enough, Amy, but let’s not forget that this is entirely of Edwards’ doing. It’s not that he had an affair, but that he adamantly and forcefully lied about it, and continued his run for the Presidency despite having to know that this would come out. That and the fact that the MSM simply rolled over in favor of Edwards is what people find to be a big deal.
 
Written By: MichaelW
URL: http://qando.net
MichaelW - I guess I come out on the "people are human" side of things. And some of them cheat. And almost all of them lie about it. And, you’re right, the MSM should cover all of them the same way, I guess I just wish they’d shut up about it for pretty much all of them, rather than trumpet it each time.

I did miss the timing with the Presidency thing though - you’re right. What a dummy. I think the politicians get the whole "I am Ozymandias" thing going, and boom, nothing karma likes better than taking down some hubris...
 
Written By: Amy
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I guess I just wish they’d shut up about it for pretty much all of them, rather than trumpet it each time.
But that is the real point of this ’scandal.’ Not only did not the media ’trumpet’ this. but many media members wanted to ignore it, at their own peril of creditability.

To draw as fine a point as I can, Edwards is not the focal point. The media is.
 
Written By: bains
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Very glad to see the outrage. Now, it would be nice if the same outrage were directed at McCain - you know, the guy who cheated on his wife after she was disabled following a car accident.

Not only that, but he lied in his memoir about the timing of the affair - he said he was separated from his wife during the entire affair, but court records show that he was living with his wife for the first nine months of the affair.

But, you see, if you’re a right winger and running for president, that’s ok.

Now, never mind the fact that Obama had remained faithful to his wife. Didn’t break his vows, didn’t lie about it.

IOKIYAR.

 
Written By: mkultra
URL: http://
Wow - MK deflecting again! Who’dathunkit?

IOKIYAR?

GFY MK. GFY.
 
Written By: meagain
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Wow - MK deflecting again! Who’dathunkit?
Hardly. it’s just the selective morality once again on display on this site.

GFY? Wow, another good comeback.

Look, what Edwards did was wrong. And what McCain did was wrong. But the wingnuts like yourself will only acknowledge the latter, not the former. It’s called hypocrisy.
 
Written By: mkultra
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Make that the former, not the latter.
 
Written By: mkultra
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That and the fact that the MSM simply rolled over in favor of Edwards is what people find to be a big deal.
So where was the story first broken? On the Huffington Post in 9/2007.

Can you imagine a right-wing website going after a Republican? Me neither.
 
Written By: mkultra
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Can you imagine a right-wing website going after a Republican? Me neither.
Right, because as we all know, right-wing sites were so totally supportive of Trent Lott, Larry Craig, Ted Stevens ...
 
Written By: Billy Hollis
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Ah MK.

You rival only Erb for predictably showing up to reel off the latest Dem talking points. You MUST be on the Townhouse e-mail.

I imagine fatso (Oliver) will be sniffing around shortly as well with the latest Soros-generated rebuttals.

Silky’s busted.

Deal with it b*tches
 
Written By: shark
URL: http://
PS-

WTF is IOKIYAR???!?!?!?
 
Written By: shark
URL: http://
It’s OK If You’re A Republican
 
Written By: anonymous
URL: http://
LOL.

Trust MK to show up on a thread yelling about the hypocrisy of the "site" and claiming that the site is in McCain’s pocket when several of the first comments on the thread were comments bashing McCain by two of the site’s contributors.
 
Written By: Terry
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GFY? Wow, another good comeback.
What MK? How do you know I didn’t mean ’good for you’? Must you always assume the worst?
 
Written By: meagain
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Just as a hypothetical, MK, if it were revealed that Obama had cheated on his wife and lied about it in his memoir, would it change your opinion of his fitness for office?

Yeah, I didn’t think so.
 
Written By: Steverino
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Usual great moral equivalency by the Dems here. Edwards cheated on his wife as a national figure, while running for President - showing a breathtaking disregard for the office AND his supporters (since he had to KNOW his campaign would blow up if it was discovered).

OTOH, McCain’s transgression:
1) came before he even entered politics
2) was more than 30 years ago
3) came after 5+ years of POW captivity, nearly being beaten to death on multiple occasions
4) and which McCain publicly took responsibility for the breakup of that marriage years ago.

Yeah, I can see how Edwards and McCain are exactly equivalent, morally and politically - b/c we all know what kind of hell Edwards went through in all those courtrooms before he ran for national office.
 
Written By: avwh
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avwh, to say nothing of the hell he goes through every day getting his hair just right.
 
Written By: Steverino
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