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ABC: John Edwards Admits Affair, Says He Lied During Campaign

The affair that has been simmering at the National Enquirer has broke wide open.

EdwardsVia ABC News:

"John Edwards repeatedly lied during his Presidential campaign about an extramarital affair with a novice filmmaker, the former Senator admitted to ABC News today. In an interview for broadcast tonight on Nightline, Edwards told ABC News correspondent Bob Woodruff he did have an affair with 44-year old Rielle Hunter, but said that he did not love her. Edwards also denied he was the father of Hunter's baby girl, Frances Quinn, although the one-time Democratic Presidential candidate said he has not taken a paternity test. Edwards said he knew he was not the father based on timing of the baby's birth on February 27, 2008. He said his affair ended too soon for him to have been the father."

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  1. "He said his affair ended too soon for him to have been the father." -- you mean he pulled out before he shot his wad? or as a lesbian friend of mine once said "you can't make babies from spit."

    Posted by: the queen | Aug 8, 2008 4:19:15 PM

  2. He didn't love her. He was just fucking her. A class act.

    Yet another hypocritical tool who believes in preserving the sanctity of marriage by defining it as between a man and a woman (and, apparently, a vagina on the side to use).

    Posted by: John in Manhattan | Aug 8, 2008 4:29:05 PM

  3. The filthy whore! I hope his wife wasn't going through chemo when he was fucking the slut.

    Posted by: Bud | Aug 8, 2008 4:35:26 PM

  4. Wow! He was my second choice for Democratic nominee (behind Kucinich). I am now *so* glad he didn't get the nomination! Wingnuts from all over would never be able to get past an affair to vote for him.

    Posted by: peterparker | Aug 8, 2008 4:36:51 PM

  5. I knew his affair was true when it was first posted obiquely by Sam Stein on Huffingtonpost back in '07. Then when it hit the NE, the details were totally convincing. (The pic of him with the baby, I seriously question—why would he be in some sweat-soaked shirt???) It was sad to me to read the smart people posting at DailyKos doubting the story because of the source. The 'bloids make up some serious shit, but they are often correct about the more hard-news type stories involving political scandals and health matters. "John Edwards' Credibility's Sad Last Days." Plus he then lied about it. Plus he knew he had this election-killing scandal percolating and ran for prez anyway. Forget the judgmental crap, this guy almost threw his party under the bus. Clinton v.2.0.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Aug 8, 2008 4:41:33 PM

  6. Well, what can you say? Boys will be boys (straight or gay, or conservative or liberal)...and "queens"?...well, we just get slaughtered by a pack of teenage hoodlums and folks say, "well, the dirty pervert had it comin'".

    Mrs Edwards is an even finer lady in my eyes.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Aug 8, 2008 4:43:19 PM

  7. "...but said that he did not love her."

    So she was just a fuck? Well that makes it better.

    What a douchebag! You can take the Southern frat boy out of the pussy, but you can't take ...

    I mean first, of course, who cares who he was screwing? To me, that's only an issue (if it is) between him and his wife. And nobody else's business unless he was lying about it under oath or something.

    But does he actually think there is a group of people who think the affair with Hunter would be wrong only if he "loved" her? (I'm sure there are LOTS of conservatives saying "Oh! No love ... well, great then. My mistake. Sorry to interrupt.") No wonder he can't get people to vote for him if this is his sense of how people think.

    Posted by: Buster | Aug 8, 2008 4:55:25 PM

  8. Wow. The Dems sure dodged a bullet this time. It would have been Bubba Clinton all over again.

    Posted by: soulbrotha | Aug 8, 2008 5:05:15 PM

  9. Thank goodness he's not the (presumptive) nominee. It would be like handing the White House to McCain with a big bow.

    Posted by: Will | Aug 8, 2008 5:06:38 PM

  10. Well, the affair is between him and his wife and is actually no ones business. For all we know they have an open relationship. It is sort of disingenuous however to be against gay marriage because it doesn't fit the "traditional" definition and then go out an have an "adulterous" affair. We all know that most of the folks who are against gay marriage have been divorced, have had affairs, etc. That is what makes the whole thing so stupid...

    Posted by: Mike | Aug 8, 2008 5:13:47 PM

  11. What amazes me is that there are people actually saying this affair is none of our business.


    Clearly, if he committed a criminal act, that would be a story. But is that the only test for relevance? Are we not allowed to have ANY moral expectations of our holders of higher office?

    Personally, I think someone who cheats on their cancer-stricken wife, then has a frickin' love child (like anyone believes his denials now), and then tries to cover it up, all the while running for PRESIDENT, should be thrown into the stocks and have rotten tomatoes hurled at him.

    PS Nice one, mainstream media. Thanks for aiding and abetting this scoundrel for all this time. No wonder we don't read you anymore!

    Posted by: Tim | Aug 8, 2008 5:26:20 PM

  12. Though you have a point, Mike, he did lie about it very recently to the public. Some (like I) would say, we don't have a right to know what the arrangement is between he and his wife, but the fact is, any smart politician knows that people will stop at nothing to find out.

    So if a politician and his/her husband/wife do have a non-traditional (non-monogamous) relationship, s/he'll need to be up front and honest about it from the beginning - or relentless/homicidal in keeping it secret. S/he'll have to be a pioneer in that respect.

    Because people will find out.

    The only thing that makes me pause about this whole revelation is the fact that more than a few of the conservative people I know, including one of my parents and the parents of a couple of friends of mine, said they would vote for Obama instead of McCain only if Edwards were the running mate.

    I'm hoping they keep receptive if it turns out to be somebody like a Bayh, who I think might make the ticket a little more palatable to the clueless...I mean, undecided voters.

    Posted by: Rey | Aug 8, 2008 5:26:27 PM

  13. What a sneaky, narcissistic asshole! Aside from the fact that he's a cheat and a liar, he was willing to get his party's nomination knowing full well that this shit would be very likely to come out at some point. He would jeopardize the election for the Democrats to get ahead personally...with all the millions of people who put their time, energy and money into helping the party get a win?! He's beneath contempt. POS.

    Posted by: paul | Aug 8, 2008 5:28:36 PM

  14. Seriously, I want a big fat apology from John Edwards to the gay community for saying he believes marriage is a sacred pact only between a man and a woman.

    What a Republican thing to do, John!!

    Posted by: jeffy | Aug 8, 2008 5:30:30 PM

  15. I suppose this takes him off the VP list...

    Posted by: RB | Aug 8, 2008 5:33:41 PM

  16. Can we please stop pretending that Democrats are any different than Republicans?

    Posted by: jmg | Aug 8, 2008 5:36:13 PM

  17. This is none of our business—including the ever Holier Than Thou Media—and I still admire Edwards in many other areas while feeling for his wife and daughter.

    As for "dodging a bullet," comparisons with the Scandal of the Blue Dress, etc., in fact we can't be certain how voters would have reacted were he now the Dem nominee. Even after all the fire and brimstone, the gnashing of teeth in 1998 and 99, after Clinton denied on TV that he'd had sex with Monica, then had to admit he had, and the 24-7 vampiric feasting on his supposed corpse by the media and Right Wing, the Wall Street Journal poll after the end of nearly a month of impeachment hearings showed Clinton with a 68% approval rating. Within a few days it had gone up to 73% approval, and he left office with the highest overall job approval rating of any President since WWII....INCLUDING St. Ronnie.

    Would that it had all never happened but I can never remember the American people ever showing as much common sense as they did then about what matters and what doesn't.

    Posted by: Michael Bedwell | Aug 8, 2008 5:39:06 PM

  18. And his campaign was all geared up to to push the sensitive widowed father image that straight women are supposed to swoon over.

    Having a morally upright Democratic president will make such a welcome difference!

    Posted by: Jay | Aug 8, 2008 5:39:31 PM

  19. Here's what Edwards SHOULD have said --

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Aug 8, 2008 6:10:35 PM

  20. oh honey, the media is having a field day on this and since you can only watch tcm for so long (it's james garner day and tho i think he's divine, westerns aren't really my bag anymore) i decided to follow it and it's a hoot -- this woman called in on headline news and said that the media focuses on the sex scandals and the ensuing lies but doesn't say anything when politicians lie to start wars -- and the newscaster said thank you ma'am but this is not the time to involve president bush or the iraq war... hmmmmm...

    Posted by: the queen | Aug 8, 2008 6:42:31 PM

  21. Leave it up to Michael Bedwell to once again leave the dumbest post of all of them.

    Posted by: Rob | Aug 8, 2008 6:46:31 PM

  22. Edwards is a buffoon. Wasn't he reported once to be "uncomfortable" around male homosexuals? And don't forget how he was against gay marriage. Typical hypocrite. He should have done more to uphold the vows he made to Elizabeth.

    Posted by: jason | Aug 8, 2008 6:49:54 PM

  23. Andy T.: you just discovered the Edwards affair? Why the delay in blogging about it? We've known about it from other blogs for months. When will you start blogging about the campaign ties between Edwards and convicted racketeers? And to think Obama almost was ready to made this clown attorney general. Did you know that Obama wants to end federal oversight of the Teamsters in place since 1989 to combat mob influence? At least that's what certain Teamster officials are reporting.

    Posted by: ANOTHERDEMOCRATICIDIOT | Aug 8, 2008 6:51:26 PM

  24. Damn these hypocritical anti-gay Republicans who extol the sanctity of marriage who cheat on their wives!

    Oh wait a minute...

    Posted by: LightningLord | Aug 8, 2008 7:02:18 PM

  25. That this story finally is confirmed only affirms what I always thought of that supercilious oleogenous hypocrite. He has the temerity to judge my and my gay brethren's relationships as less moral and therefore not deserving of full marriage rights/responsibilities while cheating on his cancer-stricken wife? He was willing to risk handing the election to the Repubs for the sake of his cock?

    He has revealed himself to be beneath contempt. Moreover, he then disrespects his mistress by stating that he may have fucked her but that he didn't "love" her? John Edwards is a complete and total asshole. I hope Elizabeth throws him out of her house. She and her children deserve better.

    Thankfully, the delusional electorate was spared another Democratic debacle. I do not give a rat's ass who any politician fucks(as long as it is by mutual consent and does not involve a minor); however, I adamantly believe that we should not be expected to tolerate imbecility that has political consequences. The issues are too serious to allow such juvenile behaviour in our politicians. We have already had too many frat-boy presidents.

    Posted by: rudy | Aug 8, 2008 7:06:50 PM

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