Monday, August 18, 2008

Edwards: Sleazier Than You Realized

There are lying, cheating dogs, and then there is John Edwards, who is just depraved. How else to explain why he hid behind his wife's cancer to advance his own career? When a North Carolina newspaper asked Edwards about rumors of his affair last Fall, Edwards called back the paper to ask that it not run the story, given his wife's deteriorating health. National Review Online quotes the North Carolina reporter:

Edwards told me that the allegations were not true.

He said The N&O was the paper that arrived on his doorstep every day, the one read by friends of him and his wife, Elizabeth.

He said he'd never called before to complain or state his case. Given Elizabeth's health — she has cancer — he said it was especially important to him that the story not run in The N&O.
Then there is the issue of Edwards's young staffer, who has claimed to be the father of the illegitimate child born to Edwards's mistress.
Because Edwards's mistress has refused to allow the baby to take a paternity test, it's difficult to know whether the staffer, Andrew Young, is falling on the sword for his former boss. It's happened before: rent The Other Boleyn Girl and watch Henry VIII father an illegitimate child, and then have a minor noble raise it in the countryside.
The more disturbing spectre, however, would be that Edwards's staffer told the truth, and did father the child. If so, then Edwards was sharing women with his aide. That's an image of Silky Pony I'd rather do without.

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