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Sex, Lies and Videotape: Tabloids Persist on Edwards Story

POSTED: 05:57 PM ET, 08/13/2008 by Derek Kravitz

Celebrity news programs are still closely following the story of former Sen. John Edwards's affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter, talking with friends and family members in an effort to poke holes in the one-time presidential candidate's statements.

In its latest issue, People reports that "behind the public show of strength, the Edwards' household has been a scene of turmoil and tension" since John Edwards announced last Friday he had had an extramarital affair with Hunter in 2006.

"There was anguish - excruciating anguish - for her in dealing with this," Elizabeth Edwards's best friend, Hargrave McElroy, told the magazine.

McElroy, Elizabeth's personal assistant and a schoolteacher from Raleigh, N.C., said Elizabeth Edwards was ultimately faced with the question: "Do I kick him out, or do we have a 30-year marriage that can be rebuilt?" he said.

One unnamed source also told the magazine that John Edwards told his wife about the affair "slowly."

The Raleigh News and Observer, John Edwards' hometown newspaper, reported that the Texas attorney who has been paying for Rielle Hunter's housing said in an e-mail that he was unaware of the affair until recently.

"I will re-state what I have previously stated on one point: I learned of the affair only a few weeks ago and had previously presumed that the 'tabloid' stuff was all bogus," Dallas lawyer Fred Baron, the former finance chairman for Edwards' campaign, told the newspaper.

Hunter's sister, Roxanne Druck Marshall, told the celebrity news program "Entertainment Tonight" that she apologizes to Elizabeth Edwards for her sister's behavior and admits that she feels "ashamed."

Marshall also told the TV show that Edwards lied about how long the affair lasted and that her sister was still in love with the former senator.

And The National Enquirer, the tabloid magazine that broke the Edwards story, claims political operatives are paying Hunter and that "she was whisked away on a private jet two days before he confessed their extramarital affair on national TV!" The magazine does not cite any sources in its report.

By Derek Kravitz |  August 13, 2008; 5:57 PM ET
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I always felt the senator was a fake.

Posted by: Anonymous | August 13, 2008 7:18 PM

John Edwards: I gave $100 to you for your campaign. Can I have my money back, please ?
I sure don't want my $$ going towards your mistress.

Posted by: Sally | August 13, 2008 7:19 PM

Mrs. Edwards does not deserve this additional hurt in her life

Posted by: Gail | August 13, 2008 7:26 PM

He is only human not a GOD:)

Posted by: Human | August 13, 2008 7:28 PM

He is only a DOG, not a GOD:)

Posted by: Namuh | August 13, 2008 7:31 PM

You insult us DOGs with your lame assertion.

Posted by: MadDog | August 13, 2008 7:33 PM

All humans can and should tell the truth. No act of diety is required for this simple act. Mr. Edwards seems unwilling to do this.

Posted by: another human | August 13, 2008 7:33 PM

He isn't human, as stated above.

He's a monster.

Posted by: Repulsed | August 13, 2008 7:35 PM

Save yourself before its too late ! come clean with the whole truth ! Not only will it save you it will save your victims ! If this child is yours bless it with the truth !

Posted by: Todd Mullins | August 13, 2008 7:35 PM

Another Congressional scumbag is exposed. 45 % of Congressmen have had affairs or is enjoying one now.

Posted by: jeff | August 13, 2008 7:38 PM

The assertion that being human somehow entitles one to cheat on his wife and escape scrutiny is ludicrous. Human is looking at the menu, Dirtbag is ordering the main course and staying for desert - and breakfast.

Only a cheater would say "he's only human, not a GOD," as if to infer that only GOD can resist cheating.

Apparently, I'm not human. I'm certainly not a dirtbag.

Posted by: Apparently_Not_Human | August 13, 2008 7:39 PM

If a woman did to her cancer-stricken husband what Edwards did to his cancer-stricken wife, she'd be excoriated.

What do you expect from a sleazy lawyer [which is a redundancy.]

Posted by: lawyers are satanic | August 13, 2008 7:39 PM

Another Congressional scumbag is exposed. 45 % of Congressmen have had affairs or is enjoying one now.

Posted by: jeff | August 13, 2008 7:40 PM

he is a piece of sh--

Posted by: ed | August 13, 2008 7:40 PM

If you count the months it seems that the "affair" lasted a bit longer. Since he just saw her in June at the Beverly Hills Hotel with the illigitimate love child. It seems liek the affair has lasted for more than two years and he know all about it when he decided to run for office. What a crying, lying shame. But glad he has been exposed. His career in politics is gone. Thank goodness. What a sham John Edwards was.

Posted by: mdmabus | August 13, 2008 7:41 PM

"It was worse then a crime; it was a blunder," so Tallyrand

Posted by: Rex_Luscus | August 13, 2008 7:44 PM

Edwards is a liar, and a cheat. He couldn't even be truthful with his wife, much less the country. And to think he actually came close to Presidential power. We don't need people like him in politics. We need honesty and morally upstanding people we can trust.
Good riddance.

Posted by: Josh | August 13, 2008 7:46 PM

She needs to kick him out. Out, out, out.

All that work and sacrifice on her part, for nothing. The guy's political career is toast.

Also we don't know that the love child was in the hotel room. That's speculation on the NE's part, we have no pictures that are confirmed as real.

Posted by: Kwaanza | August 13, 2008 7:46 PM

Wow, look at you guys... this is his personal life. It's none of your business. Get over it.

Posted by: Bob | August 13, 2008 7:48 PM

Maybe it was easier for John Edwards to cheat knowing his wife wouldn't leave him in light of her terminal cancer diagnosis. I'm glad I never contributed money to the Edwards campaign. I certainly don't want to be an enabler to paying off concubines.

Posted by: Sonya | August 13, 2008 7:51 PM

We shouldn't care if our politicians have mistresses. Their jobs don't require them to be truthful to their wives. Example: JFK v. GWB.

Posted by: Reasonable Person | August 13, 2008 7:51 PM

Kerry for President!

Posted by: James | August 13, 2008 7:53 PM

Well, gosh golly!

Posted by: Snorkel | August 13, 2008 7:53 PM

Kerry for President!

Posted by: James | August 13, 2008 7:53 PM

Get over it. Thirty years is a long time to be with one person, and its rather common for powerful men, particularly politicians, to have a mistress. Francois Mitterand's mistress even attended his funeral.

Posted by: John | August 13, 2008 7:55 PM

Memo to Kravitz:
re - Tabloids persist

If tabloids had not persisted, the story wouldn't have existed.
Think, man... you are the real tabloid!

Posted by: Larry | August 13, 2008 7:57 PM

Why would Rielle Hunter want a paternity test?
She's getting money from the Edwards camp and the Young guy too. She'd be losing money to name the baby's father.

Also, has anyone considered that the Edwards camp may have paid her off NOT to do a paternity test? If it can't be claimed that he's the father, then the question will be kept open to speculation and just maybe someone out there might believe his lame story about the timeline of the affair. (I sure don't). The fact that he has visited this mistress several times after this relationship was supposed to have ended and the baby was born is enough proof to me that someone can't let the relationship go and that this baby has to be his. What man would go to see another woman who has just had a child by another man?

Somewhere in this man's mind, he thinks he still has a political future! He needs to get his head out of the clouds and wake up. He's a has been in the world of politics.

Elizabeth should dump the guy and save herself and her kids the pain of future lies and suffering. If he lied to her once, he'll lie to her again. She needs to look after herself and the welfare of her children.

Posted by: Sandy | August 13, 2008 8:01 PM

in response to sandy who suggests E.Edwards should look after herself and the welfare of her children...imagine what is going through her mind knowing that she will probably not live to see her two youngest grown, and to know that they might have that dingbat for a stepmother.

Posted by: fed up | August 13, 2008 8:17 PM

I think the most important question that no one has brought up. What does his hair looks like after sex with Rielle? I can't wait to see the tabloids pictures of that.

Posted by: Joe Blow | August 13, 2008 8:24 PM

And the best ones are...................

We shouldn't care if our politicians have mistresses. Their jobs don't require them to be truthful to their wives. Example: JFK v. GWB.

Get over it. Thirty years is a long time to be with one person, and its rather common for powerful men, particularly politicians, to have a mistress. Francois Mitterand's mistress even attended his funeral

What the USA needs is someone able to do a good job! The rest is not important.

Posted by: Neusa | August 13, 2008 8:25 PM

Why can't married cheaters just get a divorce so they can be single again? A person who cheats can't be trusted with any legal binding agreement. They're liars and cheaters--great lack of character.

Posted by: qualitymatters | August 13, 2008 8:25 PM

Please, Mrs. Edwards, enlist some of your male relatives to take your cheatin' husband out behind the barn and knock some of his teeth out. He richly deserves the beating.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | August 13, 2008 8:26 PM

John, John, John, Oh John.John if, and I use the word IF you had cancer, would you're wife...nah , are the attorney aren't you John. What would we call this John...I know, 'Diminished Capacity'. I have an idea...go to Iraq and put yourself on the 'line' with real men. WIMP ! You don't make me make AMERICA sick....JERK !

Posted by: Parsnpony | August 13, 2008 8:26 PM

Hey Kerry, move over, here comes another one. At least he did"nt run her off a bridge.

Posted by: Bill A | August 13, 2008 8:29 PM

Edwards is pretty much a dork who cares. He has really funny hair and looks plastic.

Posted by: Jeff | August 13, 2008 8:31 PM

They liked each other... had a connection..good for them.

They both are humans. That's what we do.

He has lived his life trying to help people. I really doubt that has changed.

He's still a great person.

Posted by: Mark T. | August 13, 2008 8:40 PM

I never trusted him, he looked like he was always trying hard to be very good looking...maybe he is, but without caracter!
I really pity his wife, that must be horrible to be sick as she is and going through all this.

Posted by: celma | August 13, 2008 8:41 PM

How many rightious people there are. That have never made a error in judgement. I commend Mrs. Edwards for looking at a thirty year marriage and trying to save that.
I also think it is funny that so many people think that because he did not come clean with his personal business that he is some how dishonest. He is a politition which requires compromise and negotiation.
So let me under stand this, most polititions lie, but if you get caught you are a scum bag???

Posted by: Electrickid | August 13, 2008 8:42 PM

Edwards is blind. At least if your going to cheat do it with a hot woman not some old used up wench.

Posted by: Realist | August 13, 2008 8:44 PM

Have you ever heard that it takes two to Tango? We seem to be blaming only Edwards, but thing about it. Did Rielle Hunter travel from Mars and did not know that Elizabeth was sick? No! She pretty much has to be a gold digger that figured out, here is my chance before the lady goes away he will be mine. I believe that Rielle Hunter is morally reprehensible because, Edwards could had been at the same time protecting Elizabeth by not demanding from her marital abligations. By allowing her to be and not pressuring her to have a full marital life.
On the other hand Rielle Hunter knew of Elizabeth's sickness and also knew of Edwards man's need. Then who is the bad one. Only one could be, and her name is Rielle Hunter.

Posted by: Sebastian Van Dorp | August 13, 2008 8:45 PM

we all make mistakes, his has been a very cruel one! he never convinced me that he was really on the side of the poor...he looked fake, to me, and that is why I didn't even consider voting for him

Posted by: nina | August 13, 2008 8:47 PM

What can you say,when the deed is done. He knew the consequence's and ignored his inner conflict to go ahead and ruin the lives of at least 7 people. John will be judged and found to be a hypocrite in this life

Posted by: mudguard.1 | August 13, 2008 8:52 PM

I'll bet this is not the first time an extra marital affair has happened with John Edwards. I'm not sure he would have ever told his wife about this had he not been about to be exposed. He just got caught this time.

Maybe Elizabeth is used to the cheating.

Elizabeth seems to be a lovely lady, and certainly doesn't deserve this type of behavior and embarassment. We all need to remember that she's a lawyer too, and she knows how to take care of herself legally as far as herself and her children. I'm sure she has a huge support in family and friends.

Unfortunately with such a terminal diagnosis, Elizabeth may not live to see her youngest children grow up. I hope she can find some stability and peace in the remainder of her life. In my view she's a mighty brave woman and my prayers are with her as she goes through this difficult time.

Posted by: Susan | August 13, 2008 8:53 PM

why do we get all riled up about sex? Edwards wife is scik and cant have sex. He is a human, and humans have needs. I wonder why he diddent use a condom is the only real question. Maybe he might have brought attention to himself by buying one. Maybe his assistant would have snitched him out. Or maybe he just wanted to feel it. I think we should end the probition on sex and weed.

Posted by: keepin it real | August 13, 2008 8:56 PM

The problem with Edwards is twofold. First, he let his wife and hundreds of campaign workers down with his infidelity. Two, he lied and is still lying to everyone.

Posted by: Merridy | August 13, 2008 8:59 PM

"Personal Life"

give us a break. When you run for the HIGHEST OFFICE in the land -- formerly the most important post in the WORLD ..... then you have given up ALL HOPE of a personal life!!!!

You must be kidding!!! This guy-- who had a few decent stances and another fake phony fraud.... too bad. At least he was trying to HELP PEOPLE.

I;ll take that over the frauds who are doing the SAME THING while screwing the public as well with toxic deals, de-funding schools, taking gifts from Big Oil, etc.

NO EXCUSE for Edwards -- I am just saying that it's a loss for the americans he may have helped

His only hope is to come clean (no pun), tell the whole story about HIS BABY, and then buy some overalls, and start swinging a hammer like Jimmy Carter. SHUT UP and do some ACTUAL WORK for poor people, and maybe in a decade we'll forgive you a lil bit.

But -- to be sure-- the dems, the repubs -- BOTH parties are riddled with jerks like this. The only diff. is - the Dems don;t run on the "morality and christian honesty" they don;t fall as far.

Posted by: Andre' | August 13, 2008 8:59 PM

Care about the poor? He doesn't care about his dying wife right in front of him. If he doesn't have any compassion for her, he sure as hell won't have any for you or me.

That's why this stuff matters....if you can knife your wife of 30 years in the back, what will you do to me?

Posted by: S | August 13, 2008 9:02 PM

Let the media punish this man.

Posted by: willard | August 13, 2008 9:03 PM

The fact that Mr. Edwards cheated on his dying wife should make anyone question who's interest he would put first as an elected official. Its doesn't matter that it was a "short affair" or the she "was in remission at the time" as he described it. This guy paints it his way plain and simple, narcissism at its worst.

Posted by: Jmatt | August 13, 2008 9:05 PM

John Edwards lied to his wife and children, which is much more significant than his lies to his campaign workers, supporters, voters financial backers, fellow politicians and the rest of us.

If his wife of 30 years and children can't trust him to be honest with them, why should we believe he is being honest with us, and will ever be honest with us in the future?

Integrity is important to John E. only after he's publicly caught being dishonest, and only to the extent his dishonesty is proven. For example, he says the affair was over long ago, so why was he in the hotel room that night? And he claims the baby isn't his, but a patermity test is required because his credibility is gone.

Too bad his baby will grow up knowing: (a) my father might be John Edwards, (b) but John Edwards disowned me, which means John (my dad?) claims my mom slept with another man (my real dad?) at the same time she had an affair with John, and (c) since John lied about his affair with my mom, is he also lying about being my dad? If 'yes', why is he publicly disowning me just to save what's left of his tattered career?

What an awful position to put your love child, your wife of 30 year, your mistress, and your other children!

Posted by: I Don't Get It | August 13, 2008 9:10 PM

Mrs. Edwards most likely realizes that it would be more traumatic to her emotionally and physically to separate from her husband of thirty years and then be alone, a single mom going through terminal cancer with two young children than if she were to choose to stay with him and continue to have his financial and practical help and support. I'm sure after thirty years that there is a connection between them despite this, and while part of that may be irreversibly broken, she is not likely to disrupt the family further by separating. She is going to think of the children and of practical matters of going through her illness.

It's a shame he would do this to anyone, much less the mother of his children and someone who has devoted thirty years to her. I wouldn't want a person of that character leading our country. But, I suspect he will at least continue to provide financially and otherwise and try to stay in line during the remainder of her life.

Posted by: Jane | August 13, 2008 9:13 PM

There really are two Americas. One where John Edwards thinks he is king and he can get away with anything. The other one is reality.

What a hypocrite. I'm willing to bus some homeless down to stay in his mansion while he shacks up with his mistress.

Posted by: LyingLiar | August 13, 2008 9:17 PM

How can any one man sink to your level. Your poor wife is staying with you only due to concern for her children and what might happen if she were not there to care for them. You, obviously, didn't put much thought into this, so perhaps she and your family are better off to spend many happy days without you. You are worse than a cancer. I hope she has the will to make the decision that is right for her and the family. You're needs and considerations fall well below anything she should have on her radar screen. Instead of dragging this thing out for your own good, put it all on the table and take what you can. The story will only get worse. Spare her and your family.

Posted by: Cheryl | August 13, 2008 9:18 PM

It's amazing how many of you cast stones, just amazing -- as though you are SO superior to him.
"There is a destiny that makes us brothers, none goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others comes back into our own" (Edwin Markham, 1895).
Something to think about.

Posted by: Helen | August 13, 2008 9:21 PM

I agree that this is not his first affair but he got caught this time I would be willing to bet money that that baby is his rielle is being paid off not to agree to a paternity test she is as much a scumbag as he is!! well he is all washed up now and his political career is over so he will have to hang his head low in shame the rest of his life so his punishment is lifelong

Posted by: kgp | August 13, 2008 9:21 PM

Andre: Bravo.

Posted by: Steph | August 13, 2008 9:26 PM

John Edwards is no longer running for President. He isnt runnig for Pope. What business of it of ours now if he had an affair then? If we want to discuss if cheating counts in someone running for President why aren't we discussing McCain who left his crippled wife who had waited and worried about him while he was gone for five years while in VietNam? Is there a statute of limitations on how long we as the American public go before we forgive and forget?

Posted by: innerjuju | August 13, 2008 9:27 PM

And how long did the MSM hang on to McCain's rumored affair which turned out to be baseless but was kept alive by the MSM for weeks.

Posted by: Robert | August 13, 2008 9:33 PM

One for my mistress and one for my wife. |)

Posted by: Two Americas | August 13, 2008 9:44 PM





Give up with the "HIS DYING WIFE" crap. Elizabeth Edwards was in REMISSION. When cancer patients go into remission, they don't go around saying that they STILL HAVE CANCER, so give up with the stupid "HIS DYING WIFE" crap.

Newt Gingrich left his wife while she was sick in the hospital. John McCain didn't do his 1st wife any favors either while she was in the hospital.

All of these hypocrites criticizing Edwards for cheating, have probably cheated on a SPOUSE or a BOYFRIEND/GIRLFRIEND before, just like NEWT GINGRICH AND ORIN HATCH were cheating on their wives while they were criticizing Bill Clinton for cheating.

But, the media didn't think their infidelity was worth covering, only Clinton's.

Same thing here. Based on the rates of infidelity in this country and especially in politics, probably EVERYONE WHO RAN FOR PRESIDENT THIS YEAR has cheated before. The media doesn't want to talk about theirs' though, just Edwards'.

Posted by: framecop | August 13, 2008 9:48 PM

The problem with John Edwards is that he is a liar and he continues to lie.

Posted by: Samuel | August 13, 2008 9:48 PM

The only person I feel sorry for is his daughter. Imagine how she will feel on the day she stumbles upon an old article that reads:JOHN EDWARDS DENIES "LOVE CHILD".

Posted by: CONCERNED MOM | August 13, 2008 9:52 PM

Ya know, I always felt while he was a candidate that his publicity and photo opp's were opportunistic -- often mentioning Elizabeth's serious battle with cancer -- planting the seed with the voting public to believe what a dedicated husband he was and vote for him out of compassion for him and his family. HE WAS DECEIVING THE COUNTRY ABOUT THAT ENTIRE PORTRAYAL! I also wondered how-in-the-H can a man run for POTUS when his wife is so ILL?!?!? Someone who posted above me called him a 'monster' and my first reaction was "that's harsh"...but think about it: He decided to put this HUGE strain on his family by running for POTUS -- not on a normal healthy family -- but on a young family whose mother is fighting a major cancer battle virtually for her life! Then he cheats on her not once (like an accident) but indiscriminately and repeatedly and continued to lie about it! While his family is towing the election line, doing what they're supposed to do, probably involving numerous appearances to support HIS future, he's involved in a full-blown SNEAKY affair. He is a SCUMBAG in the worst way. Think of the effort it must have been on Elizabeth's part to do what was expected as a candidate's wife -- while so ill -- meanwhile, he's running around the U.S. thinking with his ego/pr**k. I'm convinced: John Edwards, you are a good-for-nothing, lying, cheating, deceitful monster. You deserve all the public shame and ridicule you get.

Posted by: PeggyQ | August 13, 2008 9:52 PM

Ambulance chasing scumbag trial lawyer sounded like he was delivering a closing argument during his Nightline interview. The guy is as phony as a three dollar bill. Two America's indeed. It seems like he got demoted from his lofty son of a mill worker perch and now he's being run through the mill. FDR, JFK,Gary Hart,Teddy, and of course Bill Clinton. The only thing we learn from history is that we don't learn from history.

Posted by: Joel | August 13, 2008 9:58 PM

The press needs to let this go. Ok. So we now all know and it's confirmed that John Edwards not only lied, but he committed adultery and is not who he tried to portray himself. Now we know. Now let it go. His wifes cancer has gone into the bone and is NOT CURABLE. the poster who blasted out....she is dying. Let's let her move forward with grace and not with pity. Don't give John Edwards the time of day with anymore digging into truths regarding the baby or the adulteress mistress who KNEW better than to sleep with a married man. Neither are worth the time of day. But Elizabeth does not deserve this. Nor do his children.

LET IT GO NOW. For their sakes.

Prayers to Elizabeth and her children.

Posted by: Prayers for Elizabeth | August 13, 2008 9:58 PM

Why is it that every time someone on the national scene has an affair -- especially one of our public figures, it is no one's business except for the family and that person. Please!!! If that were the case, the story of David would never have been written when he sinned with Bathsheba. Stories like this should be public!! They should be announced to the public. Adultery is never private!! It destroys marriages and families! To tell me to "get over myself" is quite laughable. Maybe we should get over ourselves and finally be outraged at such behavior and begin to hold people like Edwards accountable. Edwards is a lawyer and has made his millions by exploiting others!

Posted by: Marv | August 13, 2008 9:59 PM

Reading these posts, I feel like this is a litmus test - to see which of us will try to excuse Edwards' actions as irrelevant. It's quite revealing.

The fact is, a trustworthy person is a trustworthy person - honesty isn't something you turn on and off when needed. For those of you who feel like this doesn't matter and "we all do it," I would say, no, we don't all do it, and yes, it does matter whether we trust those who represent us and who supposedly work for us.

Of course, I say this knowing full well that I'm not perfect either... but I'm glad I'm honest and that people know they can trust me. And I'm glad I would never try to dismiss this kind of idiotic behavior.

I believe our reactions to this story really do reflect our own levels of self-respect.

Posted by: Dave | August 13, 2008 10:02 PM

I trust that the media and those who have judged Edwards so harshly will also condemn John and Cindy McCain whose affair ended McCain's 1st marriage. After all they are still in the race for the White House.

John and Elizabeth McCain have already moved on. The self righteous hypocrites should as well

Posted by: Johnny 99 | August 13, 2008 10:03 PM

I'm more disgusted over some of the comments I've read here than I am about Edwards' act of infidelity. How easy is it to sit and act in judgement over another. I personally do not think that one's sexual activity necessarily correlates to an individual's capacity to effectively govern a state, or country.

Posted by: Disgusted (but not by what you think) | August 13, 2008 10:11 PM

I am so not suprised about this affair coming out into the media. I never felt John Edwards was a solid guy, he always seemed a little too wholesome or too good to be real. There seems to be no value in marriage and fidelity these days. Yeah, we are all human, but I love one of the comments I read about, "being human is looking at the menu, but not ordering the main course, dessert or breakfast!" Love that, so well put!!! The whole story is just sad, Mrs. Edwards fighting for her life, three children, thirty years of togetherness and a political life, then throw adultery and a love child in the mix...Crazy! It's too bad.

Posted by: paige | August 13, 2008 10:14 PM

I recently took a Sociology class in which the professor asked the class to raise there hand if they ever lied. Every hand in the class was up. It's not a question of "being a bad immoral person," but rather a question of, under what criteria will one choose to lie, and how much.
"Those who like to point a condemning finger at another, do so because they would prefer that (they themselves) not suffer the same scrutiny, for fear of some hidden truth being revealed."

Posted by: Everyone Lies | August 13, 2008 10:18 PM

You all let Clinton get away with,why not John Edwards.Look at the way they treat Clinton now.They pay him to give talks a big meetings.He even lied to the people who put him in office on natioal TV.

Posted by: Clell Packard | August 13, 2008 10:20 PM

I can't believe so many people are throwing so many stones. Mr. Edwards was hurtful and wrong to have the affair but whom are we to judge him when we harbor all kinds of wrong in our own hearts. Unless some has never sinned, a person has no right to cast judgement on someone. Rather it is better that we and Mr. Edwards "Go and sin no more."

Posted by: Art | August 13, 2008 10:21 PM

It happen to me ,i'am still married 36 years.It,s taken an lot of time you really never get over it.People he and myself worked with knew she worked with him.Now he's in bad health[alzheimer;s[quaddruble bypass the alzheimer,s progressing faster than Dr, expected. I fell cheated out of at least 22 years.I still have him.He sleeps 85/percent dosn,t talk much.I feel bad for Mrs.Edwards.Tax payers are paying

Posted by: Donna from Va. | August 13, 2008 10:23 PM

The simple fact is he lied to the American people when directly asked about it. He covered it up. We're not going to "let him off" just because "it's his personal life." When he ran for President, his personal life became public.

We also have to trust in *some* semblance of morality in our leaders. At what point are their morals so low they aren't worthy of office? When they finally reach the level of our own?!?

Posted by: AgentDuke | August 13, 2008 10:32 PM

I'm only upset because I wish I had gotten him first!

Posted by: Sophie | August 13, 2008 10:33 PM

Somewhere along the line ,people have forgotten that there is a child who will grow up and ask who is my father,What will the lady tell her daughter?Will she say I don"t know ? or will she say he was a married man? No matter what reasons are given to this child ,it will cause the child heart ache and confusion.
Edwards and his bed mate gave no thought to the end result.What shallow,selfish people they are!

Posted by: D.M CA | August 13, 2008 10:35 PM

Well, there goes my "dream team" of Obama/Edwards...right down the drain. Sigh...

Posted by: Tammy | August 13, 2008 10:38 PM

"I trust that the media and those who have judged Edwards so harshly will also condemn John and Cindy McCain whose affair ended McCain's 1st marriage. After all they are still in the race for the White House."

I am surprised this isn't being said more often. It is only wrong if you are a Democrat. Ronald Raygun was the first president to have been divorced and remarried. So much for family values.

Posted by: DoubleStandards | August 13, 2008 10:45 PM

"I trust that the media and those who have judged Edwards so harshly will also condemn John and Cindy McCain whose affair ended McCain's 1st marriage. After all they are still in the race for the White House."

I am surprised this isn't being said more often. It is only wrong if you are a Democrat. Ronald Raygun was the first president to have been divorced and remarried. So much for family values.

Posted by: DoubleStandards | August 13, 2008 10:46 PM

Ok, yes scum bag, but who are we kidding we all knew that already. For those of you who gave money toa polittion: You are stupid.

Anyway whats wrong with a little peice of a*@ on the side? His wife should have given him the green lght to do it. She probably hasnt had sex with them the last 28 years they have been married.


Posted by: johnnyfestival | August 13, 2008 10:53 PM

A woman today does not get pregnant unless she wants to. Reille Hunter f..ked him for life and he deserves it!

Posted by: bigd358 | August 13, 2008 10:55 PM

For those of you who think that you can be an effective politician even when your personal life is plagued with an affair, consider this - the art of the politician may involve negotiation, compromise and sometimes lying/cheating. I would imagine that a "good" politician would be one who can manage to do this and still appeal to the public and/or not get caught. Would it not then follow that Edwards has failed at this and is therefore not an effective politician?

Posted by: Mike | August 13, 2008 10:57 PM took investigative reporting from the National Enquirer to break this story that the liberal MSM ignored (just like this paper). This story has been out for literally months and finally the MSM has begrudgingly aknowledged it. No wonder no one trusts the media anymore.

Posted by: grumpy | August 13, 2008 11:04 PM

To those of you who say "Everyone does it", you're only revealing that you fall into the same class of degenerates as Edwards. No - not everyone "does it" - it takes something you obviously don't have to remain faithful to your spouse - it's called integrity, character, being a MAN of your word - when you said "I do" - it means "I will" be faithful to you "till DEATH do us part" - unfortunately, Edwards couldn't wait until the "DEATH" part to do Reille... you should all be ashamed of yourselves for waving the "Everyone does it" banner like a bunch of whining children... grow up and while your at it, grow a spine and some moral fiber.

Posted by: NWA | August 13, 2008 11:07 PM

The damage that people place on others with their words and harsh statements only hurt the Edwards family. So John Edwards has made a huge mistake and has even lied. Do we forget about the good things he has done in life and the family he has raised? No one is perfect. He who is without sin cast the first stone. Basically that means if your name isn't Jesus shut the hell up and mind your own pathetic life.

Posted by: CondemnedforLife | August 13, 2008 11:07 PM

"...Tabloids Persist on Edwards Story"--does that mean the Post is tabloid, too?

Posted by: James | August 13, 2008 11:09 PM

and why doesnt the liberal biased Washington Post "persist" on reporting this? Because Edwards is a Democrat. If this was a Republican the Washington Post would be reporting ever element as an above the fold front page story.

Posted by: Joe | August 13, 2008 11:14 PM

My thoughts and prayer are with Elizabeth Edwards and her children. I do not know how John Edwards could have been so creul and uncaring to his wife. Elizabeth Edwards is one class act. She is smart, beautiful, brave,and a credit to her husband. How he ever got her for a wife is beyond me. Why would any one trade a Rolls Royce for an old worn out trashy broke down no class flat chested ,excuse me, flat tired 1940 jalopy? If John Edwards was so dumb as to do this imagine what kind of deals he would have made with our country. From the pictures on tv of his mistress he needs lots and lots of help. She is one scarry looking home wrecker. There is always a tramp on every corner just waiting for some idiot husband who does not know how well off he is. I hope he sees what a fool he is and the shame he has brought on his innocent wife and LEGAL children and dump this low class tramp who is using him for his money not because he is so pretty as he thinks he is.He is not one bit more special than any other man. She will tell him exactly what he wants to hear until his marriage is ruined and he is broke. Then she will be looking for another marriage to destroy. Practice what you preach John Edwards. Find some family values and decent morals for yourself. Try to fix the pain and hurt and shame you have put on your beautiful wife and childrens faces. They deserve a lot better than this .

Posted by: joy harris | August 13, 2008 11:15 PM

I see several winning class action lawsuits here against Mr. Edwards:

The paid campaign workers ought to sue for damages from being misled into working for his nomination based on family values and helping one of those two Americas.

The volunteer workers should sue for all of the same things, plus violation of minimum wage laws on the theory that they never would have volunteered or continued to volunteer had he not lied about his involvement with Ms. Hunter.

Finally, someone should commence a class action lawsuit on behalf of all of the donors who gave money after Mr. Edwards lied about the affair in the fall of 2007, as he collected money from the members of this plaintiff class under false pretenses. This class should seek punitive damages.

Remember when he said "we're not going to give up," and within a week "suspended" his campaign? He suspended it so he could try to get more money under false pretenses. Somebody ought to sue this guy.

Posted by: Bill from Chappaqua | August 13, 2008 11:17 PM

Is everyone here aware that John Mccain cheated on his first wife multiple times. He has written about it in his book. That he was still married when he met Cindy. That he divorced her for a women (Cindy) who was 25 when he was 40. I assume everyone who is as angry at Edwards as I am is then voting for Obama.

Posted by: barry | August 13, 2008 11:17 PM

It's unfair to speculate about Mrs. Edwards' sexual abilities. We don't know and it'd none of our business and it's no excuse! I can't agree that he was "protecting" her. However, some good politicians have had questionable personal lives.

Posted by: helen | August 13, 2008 11:19 PM

If his wife had taken care of his needs, he would not have strayed. It's that simple.

Posted by: Donna Williams | August 13, 2008 11:21 PM

I too could not believe when this story came out. To think that the Enquirer do have some credibility, now I don't know what to think about those UFO, sasquatch, Elvis is alive stories.

Posted by: jon | August 13, 2008 11:21 PM

When I heard him promise the good folks in Iowa that his election would deliver 'Universal Haircare' I knew he was a short-stroke..

Posted by: Boo-bag | August 13, 2008 11:22 PM

So let's consider the so-called moral test of leadership. Our current president and vice-president are, as far as we know, faithful to their wives. So how (and why?) is it that they have presided over what may well be the worst administration in US history? Torture. Illegal wiretapping. Fabricating evidence for war. Illegal signing statements. The worst safety and environmental record ever. Political patronage that seems to know no bounds. And on and on. But at least they never strayed from their marriages.
Time to grow up people! High school is over.

Posted by: professorPaul | August 13, 2008 11:25 PM

Give it a rest. Let Fox Nooz be the muckraker as it always is.

Posted by: Tom | August 13, 2008 11:27 PM

Ninety percent of the politicians give the other ten percent a bad reputation. - Henry Kissinger

Posted by: Patrique | August 13, 2008 11:31 PM

Meanwhile, Rome burns.

Great fiddling, nonetheless . . .

Posted by: VitalCenter | August 13, 2008 11:33 PM

firstly I know it has been said before but this is an important article for all those who have commented as it signifies the current turmoil the Edwards family is having. I don't know what the real intention of the author was but it is an act of integrity, something that seems many people are passionate about, to leave this family alone. The mom is dying, the father will have to care for his children and the sooner they resolve this problem amongst themselves the better for their lives. With that being said, stop clicking on these stories and maybe JUST maybe, his children can get out of the spotlight and try and deal with their issues without the added burden of having the nation look at them.

P.S. I don't feel as if I have lost any respect for John Edwards, he brought varying important issues to the front of the race during his attempt to the white house. I didn't want him to be president but I hope he doesn't feel guilty because of you all, but because of the pain he has caused to his family.

Posted by: chill out | August 13, 2008 11:53 PM

It is not his "personal" business.
He is going on TV to talk/lie about this.
Anyway - this is no surprise for anyone with a brain. I saw through this phony from day one.

Posted by: Mr. Bobby | August 14, 2008 12:12 AM

I cannot actually believe that a woman in an above post said that if his wife had taken care of his "needs" he wouldn't have strayed. You are a traitor to your gender!

Posted by: Verna | August 14, 2008 12:19 AM

It'd be nice to think that someone who'd cheat on his wife and best friend of thirty years would not lie to others, but my sense is he would. And on a grand scale, to boot. A narcissist like the trial-lawyer scumbag Edwards is would just as soon screw the country as he would the Hunter hag. It's in his character.

Posted by: trial lawyers are scum | August 14, 2008 12:32 AM


You're an idiot. I knew Edwards was a scumbag the minute he was smiling on television when he was talking with the press about his wife's terminal cancer. He's never been an honorable person of character and this does not surprise me in the least. I feel sorry for Elizabeth. She needs to divorce him before she loses everything.

Posted by: Kim | August 14, 2008 12:37 AM

The whole thing is shady.

The guy is a complete fraud. Even his former campaign manager said that the guy is a fraud.

Posted by: Sandy | August 14, 2008 12:46 AM

I didn't give much attention to this tawdry tale, until i saw Edward's lame interview replayed on John Stewart's Daily Show. . . Mr. Edwards revealed himself to be a clown in the first degree. Too bad. He seemed a decent fellow on the campaign trail, but that interview he did for television was so calculatingly melodramatic .. i nearly fell over laughing. RIP John . . . you and Gary Hart can be penpals.

Posted by: bemused1 | August 14, 2008 12:47 AM

Edwards should ask GOD to forgive him. He should get on his knees and ask ALMIGHTY GOD. And then GOD should kick him in the face and give Elizabeth the house and all of the money."For what doth it profit a man, if he shall fool around and lose his house and have to pay alimony" (Paul 45:967).

Posted by: Archer | August 14, 2008 12:53 AM

Right on Archer. . LOL . . . Edwards allegedly so "God fearing" . . . I suspect he's now fearing Elizabeth's lawyers.

Posted by: bemused1 | August 14, 2008 12:57 AM

Unlike, John McCain, John Edwards, is incredibly good looking. Have you noticed that when the female reporters report on this story they have a smile on thier lips and a twinkle in their eyes? (To be fair, so do some of the men reporters)
I think people hate John Edwards more for
for his good looks than his infidelity.

Posted by: Cherubim | August 14, 2008 1:02 AM

It seems John Edwards couldn't wait for his wife to die from cancer. Perhaps he should have considered taking her to see a new doctor. Maybe he would have found the answer he was looking for from Dr.Jack Kavorkian. Then he could've had sex without the guilt or condemnation.

Posted by: SadSarcasm | August 14, 2008 1:10 AM

These charismatic jerks all think they have that special ability to lead. They think they have what it takes. They come in looking like Greek gods, and go out looking like god damn Greeks. Denver ought to be like the special olympics. Being in the mile-high-city also means city slickers might consider adjusting their partying for altitude. Just a thought:

Posted by: Peggy McGilligan | August 14, 2008 1:16 AM

If you see how Edward was leading an attack on Hillary during the one of their Presidential debates. It strucks me then that edward was a sleek projecting an anger of disorderly matrimonial home on innocent contender. This pieace of Sh***** now has another lecture/story on morality to tell American. I say crucify him. for hurting good woman like his wife and Hillary.

Posted by: Gee bee | August 14, 2008 1:28 AM

Another article says she stayed with him because she wanted the two younger children to have both a father and a mother for as long as possible. For as much as he was probably at home, they would never know the difference if he got himself an efficiency apt nearby. Because that would be all he could afford after providing Elizabeth with all of the live in help she needs, nannies, nurses, housekeepers, drivers, etc.
Nobody knew that they were paying off a mistress and a child to support them and to keep quiet. Edwards claims he didn't know about the money either. All these millions of dollars were flowing in all directions and no one knew about any of it? When he would go to visit her, did she think she was able to afford that lifestyle? The only thing pertinent to the public's need to know is all about the money. There needs to be a huge investigation into what monies were used and who sent the private aircraft to whisk her off....we will never find out because it has been laundered so thoroughly and no one knows anything...Just stop contributing to all politicos, not based on morality of their sexual proclivities which "everyone does" but because we should not need to finance them.

Posted by: TJ | August 14, 2008 1:36 AM

John McCain did not use public campaign contributions to finance his affairs that you speak of 35 years ago.

I understand that the decision to separate and divorce was a mutual one and on very amicable terms. I hear that his former wife has a bumper sticker on her car and has gone on record that she supports him and believes in him. And I hear that he has continued to provide for her financially.

As with many marriages back then, returning Viet Nam vets experienced difficulty with the same relationships they had left. His experience was not uncommon.

Again, while the circumstances surrounding Edwards' pecadillo are disgusting, his is germane to public consumption because he ran a fraudulent campaign as a fraudulent candidate and he has used the campaign contributions most probably in a fraudulent way. In another article, Elizabeth says she remained with him because of her desire to have a father and a mother for her young children for as long as possible. In that case, that is what they should have done. They did/do not need a political operative for a father when their mother has a limited time to live. She could have remained with him, accomplished her goal, and told him to NOT to run for office because of the need for the family to have privacy not only to deal with terminal cancer, loss of a mother, but now, with an illicit affair producing a child that would go public.
There are so many "screwy" tales to this story. The more they talk, the more it seems all lies. The bottom line is he stayed in the race for some purpose and the monies and resources to cover up, including the private plane whisking her off somewhere, are just too grand for even a sheisty trial lawyer or a flush Demo benefactor. I bet this thing goes all the way to very high places. Interesting how he was exhorted by the DNC to come clean publicly right before the convention because, after they had used him as a phoney asset, he became a liability and they did not want him at the convention.

Posted by: TJ | August 14, 2008 1:51 AM

I did not put my cook in that woman

Posted by: j edwahds | August 14, 2008 1:58 AM

SHAME on you & God bless your wife & children. Elizabeth has gone through cance, now in her bones. Are you kidding me?? I voted for you your sorry ass & I hope she leaves you before she leaves this earth & then you will meet your maker, then I say God bless you~SO very sad

Posted by: mary mckenzie | August 14, 2008 3:23 AM

his story absolutely makes no sense...

the chairman of his campaign is paying 15K to
the lady and he knows nothing about it?

does he take the public for fools???

Posted by: JohnEdwards | August 14, 2008 4:53 AM

It must be tough to have all of your dirty laundry in the public eye.
Edwards picked a nasty time to play around, with his wife having Cancer.
And all of the Rove angels out there in the press. Watch someone will be on the bandstand telling the world how bad a guy Edwards is after he gets out of the restroom, where he was playing ring around the pole.
If this World was a Book it would have to be fiction, or should be.

Posted by: Let Her Buck | August 14, 2008 7:17 AM

It must be tough to have all of your dirty laundry in the public eye.
Edwards picked a nasty time to play around, with his wife having Cancer.
And all of the Rove angels out there in the press. Watch someone will be on the bandstand telling the world how bad a guy Edwards is after he gets out of the restroom, where he was playing ring around the pole.
If this World was a Book it would have to be fiction, or should be.

Posted by: Let Her Buck | August 14, 2008 7:20 AM

When you are so harsh with edwards why are you then so nice with mccain and his women stories?

Posted by: Anonymous | August 14, 2008 7:34 AM

So, is the Washington Post going to wait for the Enquirer to take the lead on the money angle, too?

Posted by: LauraC | August 14, 2008 7:56 AM

If John Edwards thinks people are pissed now, just wait until the world loses a lovely soul like Elizabeth Edwards. And yes, people who so desire should indeed receive a refund on their campaign donation. Candidates receive far too much as it is.

Posted by: Chicago | August 14, 2008 8:17 AM

To have this done to you by your husband, is worth than death.
My prayers are with the family, for life as they once knew it, will never be the same. It affects everyone they associated with, in one way or another....

Posted by: Betty Van Deemter | August 14, 2008 9:46 AM

You call this an investigation? My, how standards have changed.....

Posted by: Bob B. | August 14, 2008 10:40 AM


You did the hokey pokey - now turn yourself around!

Posted by: Victor | August 14, 2008 10:41 AM

McCain cheated on HIS sick wife but instead of confessing and working hard to save the marriage, HE dumps the wife and marries the young chick with the money. Edwards is no linger a Senator or candidate. McCain IS the Republican Presidential Candidate. Hows that for the so-called Christain "Family Values" Party.

Posted by: thebob.bob | August 14, 2008 11:03 AM

And what is scariest is that a lot of news media knew about this, but didn't have the guts to print it. Now we know which papers to avoid when we want the word out on something controversial.
And think that this man might have been president or v.p. because of this secrecy!!! All the way around- COWARDS!, COWARDS!, COWARDS! Poor Elizabeth, poor country.

Posted by: M | August 14, 2008 1:44 PM

John was an idiot. Anyone with any sense running for president should know that their private lives are going to receive scrutiny and that if they have any skeletons in the closet they'd better reconsider.

Not to let him off the hook or anything, but guys that good looking in the public eye have women throwing themselves at them all the time. My boyfriend is a handsome lawyer and he has told me the most hysterical stories about women coming on to him....Then again my boyfriend does not have the humongous ego that a guy like Edwards has (thankfully!). So not to excuse Edwards or anything but I'll bet it was hard to resist. All he needed was a big ego, a weak moment and the right woman and that explains it.

That doesn't excuse him one bit, though!

And I'm sorry, Elizabeth's saint act doesn't fool me. I feel sorry for her health situation and that she has a cheating husband, but even before this when I saw her on talk shows campaigning for him I smelled something off. They're another couple I just don't see together and I don't buy this love, love, love thing. I even see Bill and Hillary as more of a real couple at this point. They're in it for show and to save face at this point. Elizabeth probably didn't want to desert him when he was about to run for president, and he probably made it worth her while to stay. But the fact that she secretly knew about the affair for 2 years and still supported his candidacy publicly tells me that her moral character is far from perfect.

Posted by: Ronnie | August 14, 2008 4:46 PM

You know what's funny? When Democrats get accused of adultery, their supporters immediately start attacking the "other woman." Remember how they all said Monica Lewinsky was an evil golddigger and then set about destroying the INTERN's life? (Yes, she was a kid, for god's sake.) And now it's all Rielle's fault. She's a gold-digger too, they say. Poor Bill and Hillary. Poor John and Elizabeth. Why is it Democrats always get to blame someone else for their actions? Elizabeth won't leave him. Sick or not. When Dems have affairs, they don't end their marriage bc marriage is just business venture for them. When Republicans have affairs (hello, Newt Gingrich) they actually divorce their spouses and marry their lovers because they are actually emotionally involved in what's going on. Monica is ruined. Rielle will be ruined. Calista, on the other hand, is MRS. Newt Gingrich and attends official functions by his side in broad daylight.

Posted by: Karenina in Atlanta | August 14, 2008 7:23 PM

Is John Edwards the orginal "Shallow Hal" or what? I heard Rush Limbaugh say that Reille Hunter looked liked Camilla Parker Bowles and she absolutely does! That should really hurt Elizabeth Edwards that her husband would cheat on her with such an unattractive woman.

Posted by: bigd358 | August 14, 2008 10:39 PM

One of two things is true. 1) Edwards is the father, or 2) This lady is being passed around like a down home blunt.

Posted by: Edwards | August 14, 2008 10:51 PM

Rielle Hunter looks like Camilla Parker Bowles. Let's hope we aren't going to have too much of JE and his glib dissembling in our public life from here on out. After all, he's not national monarchy. We aren't stuck with him. I thought he was going to really shine at attorney general. Now I think he's going to have two families to raise and a lifetime of contempt for his unseemly choices.

Posted by: Gaias Child | August 15, 2008 2:22 AM

Heraclitus' "Character is destiny" sums it up. What does this affair and its aftermath tell us John Edwards? Nothing good. That he is reckless, dishonest, irresponsible, willing to intentionally mislead others for his own devices, that he cannot be trusted, that his actions can be entirely and dangerously ego-driven, and the biggie -- that he is a fool, that his judgment is faulty, or that he is not in control of himself. That these are so-called human traits, no one will disagree. But we expect more of our leaders; we expect discipline from them. We don't expect John not to have these urges -- he's allowed to look at an attractive woman and want to take her to bed -- but he's supposed to have the discipline to resist it, to say to himself, "What are you thinking, man, that would be insane..." and walk away. Jimmy Carter was ridiculed for saying he lusted in his heart, but it was honest. All of us lust in our hearts at time, we just don't act on it.

Posted by: Meredith | August 15, 2008 6:53 AM

George W. Bush is a mass murderer, guilty of grizzly war crimes in Iraq - crimes against humanity. And, various other "high crimes and misdemeanors" against the US Constitution and the American people.

George W. Bush screwed nations!

Nothing to see here, move along!

"LMAO!" - George W. Bush

Posted by: BenAMarine | August 15, 2008 7:24 AM

Heraclitus' "Character is destiny" sums it up. What does this affair and its aftermath tell us about John Edwards? That he is reckless, dishonest, irresponsible, willing to intentionally mislead others including his wife and family for his own devices, that he is fundamentally a coward, that his actions are dangerously ego-driven, and the biggie -- that he is a fool, his judgment is faulty or that he is not in control of his impulses and urges. That these are human traits, we'll all agree, but we expect our leaders to be disciplined. We expect that John Edwards will look at an attractive woman and think he'd like to take her to bed, but we expect him to shake his head and say to himself, "what are you thinking, that would be suicide..." and to walk away from the temptation. Jimmy Carter was ridiculed for saying that he had lusted in his heart, but he was just being honest. Most of us lust in our hearts. We just don't act on it. And I can't help but think about this particular woman Edwards chose for his fling -- she was the model for Jay McInerney's coke snorting sex maniac in The Story of My Life.

Posted by: Taylor | August 15, 2008 8:17 AM

John McCain was much smarter. When his first wife was hospitalized, and he had an affair, then left his ailing wife for the other woman; he had sense enough to make sure the other woman was a rich beer heiress who could pay her own way.

Posted by: greasycat | August 15, 2008 8:25 AM

$14K to your "Mistress". I'm not sure "Mistress" is the correct word here...

Posted by: Midwest | August 15, 2008 8:29 AM

A person can not tell ONE lie without telling 50 others. Lies are like dominos. Tell one lie and you have to tell 50 more to cover up the previous lies. Edwards needs to cover at least 49 more lies. I think he'll fold and admit the child is his. I mean, why did he visit a 3am in secret to hold the baby if it's not his? Also, the girl is ugly. If I was going to cheat it would be with a hottie like Spitzer did! Dumb. dumb. dumb.

Posted by: Justjoe | August 15, 2008 10:33 AM

I wonder if Obama has one of those ladies in hiding and if the Republicans are holding the story until we get closer to the election. I dislike Edwards, I dislike Obama, and I dislike McCain. In my opinion, they are ALL losers.

Posted by: Justjoe | August 15, 2008 10:38 AM

There is nothing more to add to this saga other than when caught, tell the truth. That at least leaves one with a shred of dignity, which at this point Edwards has none. Alexander Hamilton,one of our Founding Partners, was causght in an extramarital affair. Unlike the wimps (Clinton/Edwards, etc) of today, Hamilton admitted his guilt and did so publicly in a newspaper.

Posted by: Jeff in Orlando | August 15, 2008 10:46 AM

For all those that argue that he is just "another" political figure that had an extramartial affair. What are your feelings on the fact that there is a high probablity that he used campaign funds to support/hide/pay-off this mistress (and his campaign manager for taking the heat)? Seems to me there should be an audit performed. That there is more damage than just unfaithfulness, ego stroking and lying...hmmm, could it also be criminal???

Posted by: betweenthelines | August 15, 2008 10:05 PM

I thought Edwards was a phony pretty much from the beginning, a likeable phony but fake nonetheless. The $400 haircuts just didn't jibe with his support for the "little guy". He seemed like sleazy lawyer portrayed in a John Grisham novel. In a previous post, somebody said Edwards should move into an efficiency apartment - his house is so big he could move into one of the wings and not be seen for weeks on end! The people I feel sorry for most are all the kids involved, the Edwards' kids and the "love child" (if it does turn out to be his, which seems likely). They are the real victims in this whole thing. I feel bad for Elizabeth in that she is suffering from cancer and the toll that this all must be taking on her when she needs all her energy to stay well for her kids. The fact of her illness makes a bad situation even worse. HOWEVER, keep in mind that knowing what her husband had done, she went forward with the campaigning and all because she wanted it too. This is the whole thing that makes me wonder - she is a political wife, knows how these things evolve in politics...why would she STILL put herself out there for him knowing this land mine was right under the surface. Nobody will really dive into this because of her illness (and I respect that) but it just puzzles me. I can't imagine making that choice if I were in her place because I would be thinking I have X time left on the earth and X amount of physical and emotional energy and I want to spend it with my children. But that is just me, not to be judgemental of her but that is one part of this whole sad story that still escapes me.

Posted by: AnnieR | August 16, 2008 7:06 AM

I just wonder how many journalists who write on Edward's affair have had or are in an affair themselves, and still able to tell the story with a straight face? I can't see your face. That's why I ask.

Posted by: Zzz | August 18, 2008 8:25 PM

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