Friday, August 08, 2008

Mixed Nuts: John Edwards; The Obligatory Snarky Post

So, the National Enquirer gets it right. John Edwards, erstwhile Tribune of the Downtrodden, has been engaging in some unsavory hijinks with a former campaign worker.

Of course, he’s claiming that Elizabeth’s cancer was in remission at the time, so he wasn’t actually cheating on a seriously ill wife.

And if you believe that, there’s a little girl in America who prays that it will be warmer tomorrow.

On the whole, this is really a tawdry turn of events. Edwards, the guy who made the entire premise of a presidential run his fidelity to his dying wife, is busy hitting on D list filmmakers at the same time.

What’s next for John Edwards? Perhaps a guest appearance with Snoop Dog on “Girls Gone Wild”.

Scratch the Libertarians. Perhaps what America really needs is a Libertine Party. Bill Clinton, John Edwards, Gary Hart, Kwame Kilpatrick, Eliott Spitzer, Larry Craig, Bob Livingston.

Lots of potential star power there.

Update: Jim Lindgren at Volokh posts Edward’s press release – In which the Breck Girl claims to have been “99% honest”. Like anyone believes that an ambulance chaser like Edwards was ever honest. He’s the anti-Ivory Soap; 99 44/100ths contaminated.

Really, you can’t make this stuff up. Even satire has a lower limit, and running a campaign as a dutiful husband to a seriously ill wife while boinking the staff exceeds it.

Now that Ms. Hunter has no reason to stay mum about the whole deal, it will be interesting to see if John can pony up enough cash to keep her quiet when some magazine starts waiving around big money for her side of the story.

Kudos to Kaus for following this so closely.