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1/21/2010

John Edwards: “I Am Quinn’s Father”

Filed under: General — Patterico @ 6:26 am



Shocka:

Former presidential candidate John Edwards has admitted fathering his former campaign videographer’s child.

In a statement released to NBC News, Edwards said, “I am Quinn’s father. … It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me.”

Friends of the family said that Edwards and wife, Elizabeth, have separated, NBC reported.

I’ll avoid the temptation to snark. This is sad for that kid.

84 Responses to “John Edwards: “I Am Quinn’s Father””

  1. I’ll avoid the temptation to snark.

    A curse is called for. What a filthy person John Edwards is.

    nk (df76d4)

  2. What can a man have that’s more wonderful than a child? The Octavians raised Mark Anthony’s children by Cleopatra and their descendants became emperors of Rome. But that’s a nobility that s**tkicking, mushmouth hillbillies will never understand.

    nk (df76d4)

  3. “one day, when she understands, she will forgive me.”

    That isn’t a word that is usually said at this point. It suggests that there is some problem with the wife but she might wise up some day.

    j curtis (5126e4)

  4. “I am Quinn’s father. … It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me.”

    I wouldn’t count on it. Finding out your father lied for over a year, and denied being your father because he was ashamed of the fact and wanted to salvage a political career, and that he tried to pay your mother off to keep her trap shut… I don’t think that’s the makings for a man that should even THINK about being forgiven…

    But he’s a loon, so he’d likely just have her medicated until she’s willing to forgive. What you can’t earn, you induce chemically.

    Scott Jacobs (46e187)

  5. Edwards’ sworn word and a buck will buy you an instant-mix cappucino–small–at a truck stop.

    Richard Aubrey (a9ba34)

  6. I don’t have, or ever wanted to have, five hundred million dollars, nor have I ever wanted to be Senator or President. I suppose if I were the kind the person who wants such things I might be the kind of person who throws his child away.

    nk (df76d4)

  7. I suspect that, if we were to be in the same room as Mr Edwards, nk and I could bring him to tears and near suicide by reminding him exactoly what he did, and how everyone with a shred of decency views what he did.

    Not that it would be a challenge, because he’s such a worthless person. The challenge would be to bring him to the edge, but not push him over it.

    Scott Jacobs (46e187)

  8. Scott –

    I’m confident that Mr. Edwards would quickly show tears and claim being close to suicide if he thought any such show might be to his advantage.

    jim2 (a9ab88)

  9. I don’t think he’s smart enough to be able to figure stuff like that out.

    Scott Jacobs (46e187)

  10. No offense to my fellow citizens, but there are too many of them among us with one hand on their d**ks and another on their wallets and their eyes on power. The Kennedys being the most prominent example.

    nk (df76d4)

  11. Scott –

    Not much thought required; is first insinct would be to lie to you.

    jim2 (a9ab88)

  12. It’s interesting to me that Kerry thought Edwards was a despicable person in 2004. Everybody knew he was a complete phony. In the book, “Game Change,” there are some parts about how Edwards’ staffers were worried at one point that he might still win. They knew what a terrible guy he is.

    The book, written by a couple of Obama fanboys, is actually fairly objective about him, too. They minimize his problems with Wright and Ayres but they do show his arrogant and cold calculating personality.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  13. 10.No offense to my fellow citizens, but there are too many of them among us with one hand on their d**ks and another on their our wallets and their eyes on power. The Kennedys being the most prominent example.

    Fixed it for you.

    tmac (5559f7)

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  15. Is anyone here able to see any conclusions which can be drawn about how John Edwards views Frances Quinn and respects the women in his life, as contrasted to how Scott Brown views his daughters and respects the women in his life? (Yeah, I think I’d rather be a member of Scott’s family, too.)

    elissa (7c666e)

  16. I recall an interesting tidbit from a big time Washington reporter a year or so ago that told us that Edwards campaign honchos knew of the affair and had planned on leaking information of it had their boss come anywhere close to winning the nomination in order to prevent him from being the nominee and having it come out then. In the meantime, though, these same honchos where hitting up big donors for donations to the Edwards campaign, even though they planned to undermine it should it be successful. It’s probably asking too much that they be prosecuted for fraud, but at the very least that campaign team needs to be blackballed from any work in politics ever again.

    JVW (48cbba)

  17. Elizabeth said if she believe the child was his, it would mean he was a monster. Guess her eyes are open now.

    PatAZ (9d1bb3)

  18. *believed (typo)

    PatAZ (9d1bb3)

  19. OK lawyers. Do you think that those who donated to his Presidential campaign have a case against him for fraud? After all, he knowingly took their dough as he horn dogged around and but for the rubbish MSM would hvae been busted long ago. Should they sue to get their money back?

    Gazzer (c213bd)

  20. I suspect any such case would be dismissed under caveat voter.

    jim2 (a9ab88)

  21. Rather than be completely disgusted soley with Edwards and his campaign stoolies, I’m afraid my lack of sympathy for Ms. Edwards ran out quite awhile ago, if it ever existed in the first place. Similar to Hillary, she smeared anyone suggesting that the love child was her husband’s, all the while knowing the truth of the matter long beforehand. She should be ashamed of herself, if she had any sense of shame in the first place – every shred of honesty and decency went out the window for these two enablers – as long as they got the brass ring of ultimate power, anything goes. While I have some empathy for her medical situation, her recent world book tour really was outrageous, even by her own minimal standards.

    Dmac (539341)

  22. I’m with Dmac. Ole Lizzy was a willing co-conspirator a la Clintons. It is sad that our political system is so conducive to these power hungry, zero-moral fibre wastrels. It is sadder that the electorate is so easily and often hoodwinked by these low lifes, who so very easily get to positions of great power. Also makes you wonder about the sordid backgrounds of some that have made it in to positions of great power.

    Gazzer (c213bd)

  23. Hunter and both Edwards are a cabal of dispicable. All three are revolting. Poor kid.

    Vivian Louise (eeeb3a)

  24. Agreed re: the Edwards family. Losing a son at a young age and dealing with cancer are horrible things to bear, and I wouldn’t wish them on anyone, but it does not give one license for the cheap demagoguery and the moral and political sleaziness of John Edwards, nor does it excuse Elizabeth Edwards silent acquiescence to his tawdry behavior.

    Even some media liberals agree with us.

    JVW (48cbba)

  25. So, in April, you can expect the National Enquirer to win a richly-deserved Pulitzer Prize.

    Official Internet Data Office (c93f96)

  26. John and Elizabeth Edwards are both lawyers and of the left. That alone means their honesty, integrity and judgment likely will be pretty bad, particularly if they’re the type who like chasing ambulances.

    Come to think of it, another prominent couple in the Democrat Party, Bill and Hillary, also are both lawyers and of the left.

    Mark (411533)

  27. Patterico –

    I respect your snark disavowal, but there is a lot more here than that. The Dems and MSM would dearly like to move on from this because it highlights too well too many items in one clear case.

    In previous elections, efforts to raise “character” issues have often been derided by the MSM. Here, the MSM, his campaign staff, and even (it seems) other Dem candidates looked the other way or even actively covered up this matter. This man is a disgrace to such an extent that I would guess the great majority of US voters would deem him wholly unfit for public office, especially high public office. Nonetheless, those folk conspired to hide that from the electorate.

    jim2 (a9ab88)

  28. That book about the campaign, Game Changer (?), absolutely savages both Edwards. I suspect that had much to do with this “water is wet” moment from the sleezeball(s).

    JD (842c05)

  29. There aren’t Two Americas. You can pretend all day that consequences can be avoided, or that happiness can be bought, but it all comes back around.

    I don’t think Edwards has even approached reality yet. This Quinn is just getting started, and is probably not the only skeleton. How many of these abandoned kids does John have? Or broken marriages? He ruined that aide’s family too… he had a wife and kids who were shamed needlessly, and then demonized deliberately.

    We don’t even want to know how deep this kind of crap goes, but it’s not like John is even that unusual. At least Rielle didn’t wind up in a sunken Oldsmobile or in a DC parl=k.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  30. Comment by j curtis — 1/21/2010 @ 6:45 am

    — Comprehension, sir. Need to work on it. Maybe this is why only half of your comments make sense.

    Icy Texan (d9d97d)

  31. “#

    “one day, when she understands, she will forgive me.”

    That isn’t a word that is usually said at this point. It suggests that there is some problem with the wife but she might wise up some day.

    Comment by j curtis — 1/21/2010 @ 6:45 am

    I agree with Icy that this doesn’t have anything to do with Elizabeth. The kid is too young to understand what happened to her.

    And John’s probably right. This kid is going to grow up and forgive her daddy. Kids do that kind of shit because that’s one of the best ways to mentally survive awful parents. Forgiveness is, thus, tactically predicted by awful parents.

    I guess you could call me a cynic on this topic. She shouldn’t forgive him. He didn’t repent… he was caught. And we all know what Edwards would have had done to Quinn before she was born. But it will be too painful to deal with that, on a day-to-day basis, and Quinn will find relief by casting the spell of forgiveness on her unfortunate situation, and that’s probably for the best.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  32. Gee, Mom and Dad, I guess you were real
    jerks.

    Jack (e383ed)

  33. Andrew Young could not be reached for comment.

    JD (27dde6)

  34. The level of sleaze demonstrated by John Edwards, his wife, his mistress, and their staff enablers, while disgraceful in so many many low-brow ways, and so harmful to their public and private lives, especially that of the child, is now being compounded by the revolting spectacle of the preening Zombie well coiffed and endlessly self-aggrandizing babbling platitudes on TV amid the squalor of devastated Haiti in a cynical and doomed attempt to reanimate his sorry hide.

    It’s fortunate the National Enquirer exposed him during the primary elections and before he was able to gain national office. Which might have happened if voters had to rely on the sycophant media to report political news. Nearly every major news outlet ducked the story for months. The established media immediately went into cover up mode to protect the Democrat candidate, to their undying shame and humiliation.

    ropelight (1d3970)

  35. John Edwards is a worthless piece of dog poo. Not just because of his infidelity but because of thinking he could continue to lie and deceive the public about it. First he denies having any relationship with this woman and later admits he did. Then he denies fathering the child and turns again to accept he did. What’s with this people? What’s going to be his next confession? How am I sure he is not a woman dressed as a man? It’s like everytime John Edwards opens his mouth to speak, a lie comes out. Hey check him out. He might not even be the real “John Edwards”. Disgusting.

    The Emperor (f9bc41)

  36. He’s the father?! I am shocked. Shocked I tell you. I’d have never guessed the silk pony was a whoremongering piece of dirt lawyer. BWWAAAHAHAHA!

    PatriotRider (1729de)

  37. Lovie is an idiot. That is all.

    JD (cf9626)

  38. Comment by The Emperor — 1/21/2010 @ 12:04 pm

    Worse than that, he involves one of his campaign lickspittles by getting him to lie and claim parentage of the child. And to take the cake, he will use his ill-gotten massive private wealth to try and make this up to all the people he has hurt. Edwards is truly a scummy, scummy human being.

    JVW (7aae2a)

  39. “John Edwards is a worthless piece of dog poo. Not just because of his infidelity”

    I disagree. I’m not perfect either. Like Carter, I have “lusted in my heart”. But he’s a bad dude for breaking his vows like this.

    He’s done a lot of other stuff, but he cheated on his wife because nothing is sacred to him. Like Bill Clinton. It actually matters that he can’t even keep his word on that, when we might trust him with our state’s secrets and the incredibly lucrative powers of the presidency. Looking at what Clinton did to such a young and powerless employee says it all. Trust matters a lot. W and Obama are lightyears ahead on this.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  40. Actually, I may have misread Emperor. He included infidelity as why Edwards is worthless.

    I self correct.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  41. ropelight – #34

    “The established media immediately went into cover up mode to protect the Democrat candidate, to their undying shame and humiliation.”

    Sadly, I have detected no signs of either shame or humiliation in the MSM coverage. Can anyone link to any stories that do?

    jim2 (a9ab88)

  42. #4 ropelight

    The established media immediately went into cover up mode to protect the Democrat candidate, to their undying shame and humiliation.

    Ah, but that would require that the established media could muster any sense of shame and humiliation.

    m (f74378)

  43. Whoa.

    m (f74378)

  44. There are good and honest people working in professional journalism, and they are well aware of and keenly embarrassed by the glaring duplicity of opinion leaders in their industry.

    They share our concerns, but can’t speak out for fear of reprisals. Understand their plight and pity their predicament.

    ropelight (1d3970)

  45. The closest I’ve seen to the “shame” point is the following Washington Post article mentioning the National Enquirer’s statd intention of submitting the story for the Pulitzer prize.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/01/21/AR2010012102670.html?hpid=topnews

    The MSM makes a big deal when the Pulitzers go out. I wonder how it would be treated in this case in the NE won?

    ropelight – #44 – I’m sorry, but I cannot find sympathy for them. They had too many chances, too many opportunities, and too much time to find a way (even if anonymous), and the stakes for us all were just too damn high.

    jim2 (a9ab88)

  46. “I’m sorry, but I cannot find sympathy for them. They had too many chances, too many opportunities, and too much time to find a way”

    Jim, I disagree. How are they supposed to get their “chance”. They write a good story and an editor… edits it. At best. If it’s counter the slant it’s probably going in a trashcan. Plenty of journalists try to blow the whistle, but how is that going to get through the MSM filter?

    I am amazed that the media let Obama get away with the politician’s dream of being all things to all comers, but I’m sure there are at least several journalists who would love to break stories and find themselves in a sorry field. That’s why Breitbart and Carlson’s new sites are probably going to be hits.

    I don’t think there’s a shortage of real journalists if the papers wanted to really afflict the comfortable.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  47. I tried my best to avoid the temptation to snark but given the Press sitting on this story just because Blondie is a (D) overcame my basic human decency. I confess to snarking all over the place this AM.

    glenn (757adc)

  48. They could have been sources for other MSM folk, or to Repubilcans who could have blown the whistle directly.

    jim2 (a9ab88)

  49. Hell, Jim, Anita M. Busch is lucky to be alive. There are some damn fine journalists out there working for these dumb machine papers.

    I don’t blame the FBI agent who Mirandized the Underwear Bomber. I don’t blame the sniper who used FMJ when that JAG told him to. I don’t blame a journalist that is lucky to even have a job for not condemning his field. I blame the New England Patriots and George W Bush.

    Anyway, there are plenty of whistleblowing journalists and leaky journalists. Patterico and Drudge RELY ON THEM, and aren’t even really hiding it.

    How did we find out about Monica Lewinsky? Some journalist who wants to honor their profession was stomped on and leaked the story.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  50. This is really troubling to me as a lawyer. i worry that this will harm the reputation of my profession.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  51. AW, John Edwards’s contribution to the reputation of lawyers is pretty damn long standing, and I don’t think this will change it for better or worse.

    What kind of law do you practice?

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  52. John Edwards: “I Am Quinn’s Father”

    He’s been penning press releases watching ‘Spartacus’ again.

    DCSCA (9d1bb3)

  53. Or The Empire Strikes Back

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  54. He’s done a lot of other stuff, but he cheated on his wife because nothing is sacred to him.

    Yeah, but she gets no pass from this quarter, and here’s why: in her autobiography, she specifically mentioned her plea to her prospective husband the night before their wedding vows: “Promise me you won’t cheat anymore.” Say what? She knew exactly what she was getting into, about two lifetimes ago – she’s exactly like Hillary turning a blind eye to her husband’s constant shagging through the years, only to claim that she suddenly wanted to “wring his neck” when Monicagate became public.

    Go cry those crocodile tears somewhere else, please.

    Dmac (539341)

  55. Oh, it’s hard for me to get angry at aggrieved cheated on wives.

    Liz demonized innocent people and was a total nut and jerk, so she isn’t a sympathetic character, but sticking with a cheater is something a lot of people decide to do and it’s none of my business.

    Hillary did the right thing, sticking my Bill. Perhaps for the wrong reasons, but I’m glad the president didn’t have to show up in divorce court. When there’s a family, I am not going to come down too hard on someone who forgives and tries to salvage their trainwreck.

    Indeed, though, Elizabeth Edwards knew John Edwards was a total scumbag from an early stage, and no doubt knew it when she was demonizing his enemies. She knew better, just like Hilldawg, and probably was placing fame over honor. Still, at some point I just stop judging those decisions.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  56. Dustin

    Dude, you totally missed my joke, although admittingly i was doing my best to do an internet deadpan.

    And fwiw, i am a corporate counsel for a health care company.

    A.W. (e7d72e)

  57. Both John and Elizabeth are pretty despicable human beings. I’m not as harsh on Ms. Hunter, however. She had a daughter to take care of, so her desire to have Edwards in her daughter’s life as well as some financial support seems reasonable. Of course she’s not crystal clean in the affair, but the real venom should be reserved for the Edwards.

    Elhaym (73bbf1)

  58. When there’s a family, I am not going to come down too hard on someone who forgives and tries to salvage their trainwreck.

    The only reason I’m coming down on them is that they put on complete farcicial and fabricated personas, replete with what awesome feminists they were and how courageous and blah, blah, blah. Then when their dog husbands finally get caught red – handed with their faces in the cookie jar, they immediately go on the attack and attempt to destroy their questioners immediately and without any semblance of balance or fairness. If they had just come clean when the jig was up and apologized to the victims of their slander I’d be more than inclined to give them a break. But since they won’t, I won’t.

    Don’t you remember Hillary’s infamous smear of “The Right – Wing attack machine” every time her husband’s proclivites came up? The women had no shame whatsoever, and neither did Ms. Edwards.

    Dmac (539341)

  59. “Dude, you totally missed my joke, ”

    Story of my life, man.

    Elhaym, Rielle is a dingbat kook, but you’re right, she was used and exploited by a smarter stronger selfish man. She’s paid the price for her sin many times over, I think.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  60. Don’t you remember Hillary’s infamous smear of “The Right – Wing attack machine” every time her husband’s proclivites came up? The women had no shame whatsoever, and neither did Ms. Edwards.

    Comment by Dmac

    Oh, I see your point. It’s a very good one. These women were more than aggrieved victims… they accommodated the sleaze. Hillary more than Elizabeth, as far as I am aware, but still. These women didn’t stick with their man just because the believe in marriage. They went out of their way to help this political machine in a way that is hard to empathize with. What an awful life.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  61. I’m with Dmac. No sympathy for any of the three. John is an adulterer, Elizabeth is an enabler and Rielle got exactly what she wanted, a paycheck for many years to come. If she invests wisely, she is set for life.

    Too cynical?

    PatAZ (9d1bb3)

  62. I wouldn’t count on it. Finding out your father lied for over a year, and denied being your father because he was ashamed of the fact and wanted to salvage a political career, and that he tried to pay your mother off to keep her trap shut… I don’t think that’s the makings for a man that should even THINK about being forgiven…

    But he’s a loon, so he’d likely just have her medicated until she’s willing to forgive. What you can’t earn, you induce chemically.

    Comment by Scott Jacobs — 1/21/2010 @ 6:47 am

    I don’t know Scott, your dad raised you and you probably still talk to him. So at some point you had to forgive him for the job he did, right?

    Intelliology (00d844)

  63. A man really only has one Great Responsibility — protect the children in his charge. Everything else is gravy.

    A man who would burn his child for the sake of (fill in the blank) is despicable.

    As much as I disagree with President Obama, I would vote for him 10-times over before I would vote for someone like Edwards.

    Pons Asinorum (1f16cc)

  64. @62 Intelliology — Interesting, with Edwards, we have a former Presidential candidate and public person. There are no pertinent facts in dispute. The tragedy that has befallen upon his child is the topic of this thread.

    Yet rather than commenting on this topic, you choose a personal attack on a fellow commenter whom you do not know.

    Given a topic, where by virtue of our humanity and empathy, one would expect general agreement with the commentary regarding this tragedy, regardless of politics.

    Yet, you fail. Your values appear to fly on the wind, but rather Right or Wrong, they fly “R” or “D”. Pathetic.

    and Sad.

    Pons Asinorum (1f16cc)

  65. Well, I guess there are two Americas afterall… one America where a man honors his marriage vows, supports his mate through thick (multi-million dollar litigation awards) and thin (the wife’s terminal illness) and lives an honorable life… and another America, where a potential candidate for the office of POTUS dips his wick in any floozy who shows a passing interest, gets said floozy pregnant, vehemently and repeatedly denies both paternity or that the affair ever happened, waits for the dust to settle and then prostrates himself before the few people who care anymore and begs forgiveness.

    But, hey… I’m not here to pass judgment.

    GeneralMalaise (4e6eee)

  66. I don’t know Scott, your dad raised you and you probably still talk to him. So at some point you had to forgive him for the job he did, right?

    No, actually.

    I don’t, and I haven’t. Even if I spoke with him, that in no way implies forgiveness, and even if we assume that I were to forgive him, he was actually married to my mother when I was born and it wasn’t for many years until she divorced his sorry ass.

    Did you even read the list of things Silky Pony did prior to his admission that the girl is his daughter?

    Scott Jacobs (d027b8)

  67. Rielle is a dingbat kook, but you’re right, she was used and exploited by a smarter stronger selfish man. She’s paid the price for her sin many times over, I think.

    Dustin, I don’t let Rielle off the hook so easily. She found her target, isolated it, and conqueored.

    She knew who Edwards was, she knew he was married, she knew his wife was dying, she knew that there were three children who needed their dad to focus on them in such a difficult time. And yet, she chose to ignore all of that as well as her own pricked conscience, to get what she *wanted*. The ultimate selfishness.

    And just how do you think she’s paid the price? She’s got his baby and she’s financially set for life. She will always have a bond with Edwards, as the mother of his child. He will always be a part of her life.

    And let’s not forgot an important, if not distasteful thing: women who see the far reaching impact of their feminine power and wiles over another woman’s man often revel in it.

    Edwards used her, absolutely. Whether he was smarter and stronger is open for debate. Smarts and strength manifest differently but Rielle was not stupid nor weak – if you look beneath the surface.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  68. Dana, you make a compelling case. Sleeping the a man while his wife is dying? That’s not exactly endearing.

    I hear she was a cokehead idiot, and I imagine she found Edwards to be the most powerful and brilliant neato guy ever, and it’s so surprise that he was able to get what he wanted. I imagine he did this crap all the time with legal assistants, witnesses, clients, their spouses, etc.

    I don’t let her off the hook… but she did bring a child into this world and I think she wants the best for it. And she’s had to deal with a hell of a lot of demonization for it. I know it’s easy to contemplate her exploiting this child as a meal ticket, but that’s not what I see. I think she’s a genuine idiot who got herself into a mess and paid for her mistakes. I’m grateful she had the child and hope she moves on.

    I’m probably more forgiving than most in this department, but compared to John Edwards, Rielle is saintly.

    Dustin (b54cdc)

  69. Dear Scott:

    I don’t know if you had mentioned your father earlier. If you had, no big deal.

    But if you didn’t, and this “Intelligiology” antonym wrote what he did, why, that was mean spirited snark and far too personal.

    I know you are too tough to let that kind of thing touch you, but I for one was disgusted by this troll—again, if you had not mentioned your father in some thread or another.

    “Bad form, Emma,” should be his new and more appropriate nickname.

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  70. Incidentally, Dana, I am glad you posted what you did. For good or for ill, when men write about bad women and how they do bad thngs, it comes off as sexist. But just as their are good women (and men) there are bad women, too.

    Some women do indeed think that “stealing” a man is some kind of power trip. But that is dismissive of the man’s personal qualities, as well as not exactly in pursuit of true love.

    Regardless, Rielle seem to have a somewhat disordered life. Didn’t Brett Easton Ellis write about her in one of his books?

    Well, she won’t ever end up on public assistance. That’s one thing.

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  71. Wow, I was in a hurry there. Sorry for the typos. At least I was using the caps key correctly…

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  72. Regardless, Rielle seem to have a somewhat disordered life.

    Eric, I would suggest that Edwards also had an equally disordered life, it just manifested itself differently. On the surface, it appeared radically different than what was hiding underneath. He was simply more skilled and practiced at hiding his messes. Rielle’s disordered life somehow seemed less calculated.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  73. Oh, I am absolutely not giving Edwards a pass. I have a friend who is a somewhat famous person. He would constantly get fangirls hitting on him—and they didn’t know thing one about him as a person. It was just his “fame.” My friend got into all kinds of trouble over the years about this.

    I would tell him to quit acting on those advances, and stick with people who got to know him and cared about him independent of his partial fame. He looked at me like I was crazy. He was going to take advantage of what he could, while he could.

    It cost him a LOT of money and heartache over the years.

    So maybe I wasn’t the crazy one.

    Weakness takes many forms.

    Eric Blair (c8876d)

  74. Oh, but haven’t you heard: the former Distinguished Gentleman from North Carolina has gone to Haiti to help with the recovery!

    Well, at least it’s a new twist. Usually when a celebrity gets caught up in something smarmy, he goes into rehab for his problem: see Tiger Woods, Lindsey Lohan, Britney Spears, even Eliot Spitzer. Perhaps there just was no rehab treatment for addiction to a blow-drier, but it seems that Mr Edwards has found a new way to rehab his image.

    I just hope he doesn’t get a serious injury, like a broken fingernail!

    The snarky Dana (474dfc)

  75. The prettier Dana wrote:

    She knew who Edwards was, she knew he was married, she knew his wife was dying, she knew that there were three children who needed their dad to focus on them in such a difficult time. And yet, she chose to ignore all of that as well as her own pricked conscience, to get what she *wanted*. The ultimate selfishness.

    And just how do you think she’s paid the price? She’s got his baby and she’s financially set for life. She will always have a bond with Edwards, as the mother of his child. He will always be a part of her life.

    Might be more than that. If the reports are accurate, Mr Edwards will be a widower in not too many more years. Miss Hunter might have thought she could be the next Mrs Edwards.

    The conniving Dana (474dfc)

  76. Of course she’s not crystal clean in the affair, but the real venom should be reserved for the Edwards.

    Comment by Elhaym

    She came on like a bi**h in heat. If you have a strong stomach, here is the story.

    The daughter of Clark Gable and Loretta Young was never told who her father was, even when there were jokes about her ears all over Hollywood. This is an old story but Gable wasn’t running for president.

    Mike K (2cf494)

  77. Miss Hunter might have thought she could be the next Mrs Edwards.

    Conniving Dana, it would appear both had similar thoughts.

    The New York Times said the book proposal by former Edwards aide Andrew Young states he helped facilitate the affair between Edwards and Rielle Hunter. According to the newspaper, Young wrote that Edwards once told Hunter they would wed after Edwards’ wife, who has cancer, died.

    Edwards told Hunter that the ceremony would be held on a rooftop in New York and the Dave Matthews Bands would make an appearance, the newspaper said, citing its examination of the book proposal.

    Dana (1e5ad4)

  78. Dana makes a beautiful, well articulated comment at number 67. Yes indeed, Rielle is a gold digger and she knew exactly what she was getting into from the outset. It appears everything is working according to her plan. John has publicly recognized the child as his. Elizabeth has left John. What is left but the two adulterers to come together and start a new family. She should be gloating in private now. Guess what will be John Edwards’ next public confession? “I am getting married to Rielle Hunter and I hope y’all will understand as you always have…My new baby needs a daddy, you see…”. Take note of this prophecy and remember the Emperor told you befor it happened. 😉

    The Emperor (d34fbf)

  79. Comment by The Emperor — 1/21/2010 @ 7:09 pm

    Well…must say that I don’t understand why a man who chose himself so thoroughly over what was good for Rielle and his child (not making the former into an adulterer, and not denying parentage of the latter) would ever put their interests above his own now by marrying Rielle. I don’t think this was about love in the least – ever. JMO.

    no one you jknow (1ebbb1)

  80. Noyk @79.
    Do you believe that open confession of sin means the person has truely repented? Or does open confession mean they dont have to hide it any more? Now the public has heard it, we might as well continue doing it without the burden of guilt that comes with the secrecy of sin. If John Edwards has confessed the affair with this woman and has accepted responsibility of the child publicly, dont you think it’s a way of preparing us for the big announcement? In some cases, confession of sin without repentance emboldens the sinner. To them, if it’s pubic knowledge, it’s no longer a sin. What do you think?

    The Emperor (a43dfa)

  81. Comment by The Emperor — 1/22/2010 @ 12:31 am

    I guess all I’m saying is he doesn’t love her and never did. So why would he marry her? (Although given how he treated his wife, her cancer-stricken to boot, I suppose one might say a similar thing about her too.) Just a selfish scumbag.

    When this story broke (about his committing adultery just after his wife went into remission) a commenter at Hot Air paraphrased his thinking:

    Thank God that my wife, my life’s companion and light of my days, who has suffered so much and who I thought to have almost lost, is restored to me. I will spend the rest of my days cherishing….Why hey baby, how you doin’?

    no one you know (1ebbb1)

  82. From: Comment by The Emperor — 1/22/2010 @ 12:31 am

    Do you believe that open confession of sin means the person has truely repented? Or does open confession mean they dont have to hide it any more?

    Scrying out the heart of Edwards is a deeply squicky prospect. *vomits* But, AFAICT he means not one word of his “apology”, he has shown no remorse in the past, in fact the opposite could be said to be true. His tactics in the courtroom proved he is an actor and willing to do anything at all to win. He is a stereotypical ambulance chaser, a bottom feeding, scum sucking, lying, cheating, do anything for a buck and now fame and power rat bastard.

    Also, he has children.

    For Elizabeth? Sure, it’s hard to say anything mean, she has terminal cancer, young children and a cheating-ass husband. However, you are what you are in the dark. She revealed her true self under pressure, it wasn’t pretty. Of course no one wishes to be judged by how they behave in the worst of times, but that is in fact EXACTLY how your character can be clearly judged. Hers was found wanting.

    Vivian Louise (eeeb3a)

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