Rielle Hunter - John Edwards love child update: The Nation OpEd on Yahoo News
If the story is true, John Edwards is finished as a contender for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination.
The story is the National Enquirer top-of-the-page cover article -- which is set to go on sale at the checkout counters of the supermarkets and drug stores of Iowa, New Hampshire and the other 48 states Wednesday morning -- that claims the former senator from North Carolina is the father of a soon-to-be-born "love child."
The article claims Edwards, who has long burnished an image as the consummate family man and whose wife Elizabeth is a key player in his campaign, had an 18-month affair with female staffer who traveled with the candidate during the current campaign. According to the Enquirer, which is indeed a supermarket tabloid but which has at least some history of breaking sordid political stories that turn out to have credibility, the staffer is now six-months pregnant and hiding from the media.
I am confused as to why The Nation would call an affair and a pregnancy something that would effectively end the John Edwards bid for the nomination... John Edwards initial support for the war against Iraq and his unwillingness to support single payer universal healthcare are greater sins (for someone running as a supposed progressive champion) than run of the mill "weakness of flesh". John Edwards apparently has enough money to support multiple wives...
1 This link has been changed to the link on Democratic Underground, as the original link is now broken. The original source for this blockquote was: http://news.yahoo.com/s/thenation/20071219/cm_thenation/45261535
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