I was disappointed to learn that John Edwards was caught with his hand in the nookie jar the other night. I was originally an Edwards supporter (because Gore didn’t run) and I began supporting Hillary after he dropped out. Although I now realize Hillary was by far the superior candidate, I still felt kinda sentimental about John.
Not anymore. My sympathies are reserved for Elizabeth, along with best wishes for her health.
John Edwards was seen going to the Beverly Hilton to meet Rielle Hunter (aka Lisa Druck) who gave birth to a child allegedly fathered by Edwards. Even though the story comes from the National Enquirer, I find it credible because it contains specific details rather than anonymous rumors. The Enquirer was tipped off and staked out the hotel with several reporters, and Edwards was seen entering and leaving. Edwards’ latest denial is unconvincing.
Normally I wouldn’t touch a topic like this (yeah, right, who am I kidding) but there is an angle I think is worth pondering. Who tipped off the Enquirer, and why?
Back in 2004, Barack Obama was running in the Illinois Democratic Senate primary against several opponents, and was running second behind Blair Hull, who had a substantial lead, along with money and name recognition. But when rumors of domestic violence surfaced in the media, Hull had to resign and Obama went on to win the nomination.
The winner of the GOP primary was Jack Ryan, but he also had to resign when juicy details from his divorce from actress Jeri Ryan were disclosed in the media. The Illinois GOP asked Alan Keyes to take the nomination, but he was little more than token opposition and Obama was elected.
Last summer and fall, Barack Obama was running neck and neck with Hillary Clinton and John Edwards. Edwards was the favorite of many in the so-called progressive blogosphere, having been Kerry’s running mate in 2004 and having positioned himself as a “populist.” Obama needed to eliminate Edwards in order to turn it into a two-person race and to consolidate the anti-Clinton vote which he and Edwards were splitting.
Suddenly, rumors began to surface about Edwards having an affair, a particularly damaging allegation because Elizabeth Edwards was battling cancer and her condition generated enormous sympathy. Then, shortly before the Iowa caucuses, the National Enquirer reported that Hunter was pregnant with Edwards’ child. Edwards denied the allegations and a close friend of his, Andrew Young, claimed he was the father of Hunter’s child. (Young is married with small children)
How much impact this had on the Iowa caucuses is unknown, but Obama finished in first place, with Edwards narrowly beating Hillary to claim second. Five days later Edwards finished a distant third in New Hampshire, and shortly before Super Tuesday on January 30, 2008 Edwards announced he was suspending his campaign.
With his campaign suspended he was out of the public eye, and the scandal seemed to go away. Although he stated he was not going to make an endorsement until the primaries were completed, on May 14th John Edwards (but not Elizabeth) unexpectedly endorsed Obama.
He initially stated he was not interested in being Obama’s running mate, but on June 15th he walked that back and said he would take the job if it was offered. There were rumors that he was on Obama’s short list of VP candidates, and his name was also suggested as a possible Attorney General if Obama won.
Senator Obama has shown he does not want any independent sources of power within the Democratic party that are not under his control. He doesn’t want anyone donating to independent groups like Move On, and he hung Wes Clark out to dry when Clark criticized McCain. For obvious reasons Obama doesn’t want a strong and experienced running mate (like Hillary) because he will look weak and shallow by comparison. He has also moved the DNC offices to Chicago in order to place it under his control.
This makes me wonder if the Obama campaign was behind the tip-off to the National Enquirer. Even though the mainstream media whores are mostly ignoring the story, it is enough to provide an excuse for them to pass on Edwards, even if there were promises made to secure Edwards’ endorsement. (“Gee, John, I know we promised you the VP slot, but with this scandal it’s just not possible now. Sorry“)
I’m just speculating, but it fits the pattern. The people at the Enquirer know who tipped them off. Under the circumstances, the identity of the tipster is at least as important (if not more) than the tip. And since this is the Enquirer, I don’t think they should try to hide behind “journalistic ethics” or any such crap. C’mon boys, fess up. Who told you?