Edwards: the good, the bad and the diapers

January 22, 2010

If anyone wanted whiplash today, they should have watched the John Edwards story. USA-POLITICS/EDWARDS-WITHDRAW

First thing in the morning Edwards issued a statement confirming what had previously been gossiped but not proven: he was in fact the father of Rielle Hunter’s 2-year-old daughter.

(No need to count backwards, she was an Edwards campaign videographer during his bid for the Democratic nomination for the White House).

After dropping that bombshell (so that everyone could now nod their heads and turn to each other and say “I knew it all along”), where would you have expected Edwards to turn up next?

He landed in Haiti as the Humanitarian Edwards.

One of our reporters in Haiti (Adam Entous) ran into Edwards at the Port-au-Prince airport. The freshly confessed former senator arrived on a chartered flight with a group of volunteer doctors and actor Sean Penn.

But he had nothing more to say about the affair.

“I’ve said what I have to say for now and I’m here to help people,” Edwards told Reuters.

“We brought doctors, medicine and supplies,” he said. “We’re going to look at street schools, some of which have collapsed, and see what needs to be done.”

Sean Penn also had something to say: “We’re here to bring doctors to support the doctors who are already working, and to bring relief workers to support the relief workers who are already working.” And he added: “We’re just trying to help out.”

The Edwards story is unlikely to go away for a while.

Andrew Young, a former campaign aide, has written a tell-all book “The Politician” that is expected to be released in February. He’s been interviewed on ABC’s “20/20″ and without a doubt will be dishing the dirt. 

USA-POLITICS/EDWARDSYoung told ABC that Edwards asked him to arrange a fake paternity test and asked him “to steal a diaper from the baby so he could secretly do a DNA test to find out if this (was) indeed his child.”

And let’s not forget where the story broke — the National Enquirer. The tabloid plans to enter its work on the Edwards scandal for a Pulitzer Prize.

Did you believe/care/not care that Edwards fathered a child with his mistress? Does the National Enquirer deserve a Pulitzer for its coverage?

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Photo credit: Reuters/Lee Celano (Edwards during speech withdrawing candidacy Jan. 30, 2008), Reuters/Joshua Lott (Edwards speaks during a campaign stop in Charleston, South Carolina Jan. 25, 2008), Reuters/Chris Keane (Edwards speaks at South Carolina primary night rally Jan. 26, 2008)


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If the worst he did was “get some” with someone he shouldn’t have then the enquirer should just go back to dishing dirt. That’s all it’s good at.

People do stuff like this all the time. What matters is what people do when it counts. King Solomon was one of the greatest kings in history. But he too had a problem with the ladies. He just had to sample a little bit of everything.

Did his behavior hurt him personally? Yes. But did it take away from his ability to the great job he did? Nope. Considering that we’ve had leaders that willingly spill the blood of our children just to get a better price at the pump, I think Edwards’ case is the last thing anyone should be dwelling on.

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Cheating on your wife is a deal breaker for Republican voters–but only if you are a Democrat. John Ensign, David Vitter, Newt Gingrich, John McCain, and Rudy Giuliani are all still quite popular among conservatives.

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