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December 19, 2007



Wow. The scandal that was being bandied about about a month ago. I am trying to remember the details. When I have a minute, which won't be anytime soon, I'll search our archives, because I know Clarice and I talked about it.

Just wow.


"Hmm... I don't love it, but I don't hate it."

Hmmmm.....going out on a limb again, eh?


It may well be that Hill had nothing to do with planting this rumor, but under all the circumstances no one will believe her denials. The Lord works in mysterious ways...(I think Mickey is right BTW. Having read thru all the stuff about it a couple of months ago, it does appear that the Edwards' staff's flustered and odd responses to a reporter doing a story on internet campaigning, whetted his appetite for more about this gal and the rest, as they say, is history.)

Appalled Moderate

And, finally, maybe the Enquirer just had a story that met their standards (or did until Edwards lawyers called) that would sell a bunch of newspapers.

Seriously, though, would you mess with one of the best trial lawyers around unless you had the goods? If the Enquirer is too thinly sourced, this could be the most expensive mistake they ever made. Edwards has the money to persue them throught the courts, and, if he is knocked out of the Presidential race, has little reason not to do so.

If the Enquirer jumped the gun, we might see an Enquirer retraction soon. If we do, woe to the well-known bloggers who don't prominently post the retracton.


Simplest theory; this story has a truth which will manifest itself, so the story is only valuable pre selfmanifestation.


I think this is the story that the LA Times had but wouldn't use it. Clarice, do you remember who the blogger was that had that story?


AM, Edwards is a public figure and a defamation suit by him would be hard to win. All the NE would have to do is establish they had the emails/letters etc. Ms Irelle might have a better claim but not if she told her friends Edwards was the father.
Wms and Connolly (Edward Bennett Williams old firm) vets every word in the NE for potential libel.

That doesn't mean the story is true when it's published there, only that the attys are sure no defamation case can be made as a result of what they published.


Sue, I think if you track back at Kaus' from yesterday's post, you'll find it.Wonkette and Huff Post also carried the story early on.

Appalled Moderate

But public figures do win against the Enquirer:




Patrick R. Sullivan

OT, but here's the latest Petraeus Report. Bad news for the likes of Harry Reid.

the poster formerly known as c

Responding to ruchard from another thread because I cannot post it there-----

It shows you how nice it is to have lots of money--stashing the evidence in Kenya behind a walled compound beats placing it in Chapel Hill.

Sure AM--wasn't that Condit's wife in one of those and she didn't meet the definition.

In aany event that is a small number considering they publish every week and most stories if untrue would be a possible basis for suit.


posted this on the wrong thread so I'm posting it here as well-

My take on the Enquirer story, and Kaus's assertion that it isn't a campaign, seems to put it into the Dick Morris camp. Drudge featured it the day before the anniversary of the House impeachment vote [Dec 19]. It would be the kind of operation that Dick Morris would relish as he sandbags Edwards and dirties up the Red Witch. Bill Clinton might even approve.

Other Tom

I dislike that unctuous plaintiffs' lawyer so much that I hope the story gets huge legs.

DNA can settle the matter conclusively, if the woman ever surfaces.



re other thread:

I don't recall all the contours. Here is an index. Whatever- it looks like it was the Sun and Daily News that was pushing it.

I was thinking back to the campaign in 04 and remember at the end of one of the debates. The debate was over and Pres. Bush and Sen. Kerry shook hands and their families came on stage. I remember when Kerry was shaking Jenna Bush's hand it almost looked like he grabbed her ass or at least tried-seriously. Jenna had this shocked expression and looked like she wanted to sock him one. Then the cameras quickly cut to the talking heads and not a peep about the whole incident.

the poster formerly known as c

I remember reports of Teresa flying over on her privte plane to talk to the Kenya girl.


Ron Rosenbaum was the guy, Sue. But he explicitly denied it was "the Edwards rumor" (both in the story and in the comments).

One could speculate that the "Edwards love child" could be differentiated from the "Edwards affair," but that seems like a stretch to me. I think Rosenbaum was talking about Hillary/Huma.



The thread you are looking for archives


This story is as old as politics itself. It starts innocently enough, a candidate thinks he's just getting a Lewinsky, but some young seductress takes advantage of him.

You really have to feel sorry for a guy who finds himself in this kind of situation through no fault of his own.



Thanks. I didn't think Kaus was the person who had the story but the name Ron Rosenbaum would not come to me. http://pajamasmedia.com/xpress/ronrosenbaum/2007/10/29/shocking_inside_dc_scandal_rum.php>Shocking Inside DC Scandal

I guessed Bill. Even though Mr. Rosenbaum says it is not "the" Edwards story (the one about a mistress) it doesn't mean it wasn't "this" story.

Tom from LA

"You really have to feel sorry for a guy who finds himself in this kind of situation through no fault of his own."


That's funny right there, i don't care who you are.


http://www.nationalenquirer.com/john_edwards_love_child/celebrity/64426>Here is the current Enquirer story. Pretty interesting, if you like scandals (and I do!)

" "My video production company was hired by the Edwards camp on a six-month contract, which we completed Dec. 31, 2006. When working for the Edwards camp, my conduct as well as the conduct of my entire team was completely professional."

But what the rest of the press didn't know is that when Rielle made that claim, she was pregnant, hiding it and had told her confidante it was Edwards' baby.

That's also when it was decided Rielle would relocate to North Carolina, said the source.

The ENQUIRER has confirmed that Young placed Rielle in a rental home in the Governors Club, the same gated community where he lives in a multimillion-dollar home with his wife Cheri and their young children. That home is owned by an Edwards' backer and is less than five miles from Edwards' national campaign headquarters in Chapel Hill, N.C."


Lefties besides themselves over suspicious fire in old building

The initial claim that this fire started in a telephone bank area or a electrical closet is awful interesting, given that there's so much storage of data. Things that make you go hmmmm.

Another item, which may relate to the recent court ruling regarding the Secret Service logs (hat tip to minorityusa in the comments) and Jack Abramaoff (as speculated by Marcy Wheeler), is that Vice President Cheney's Energy Commission met here (via the Washington Post):



In the hearts and minds of those, who don't believe that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone, there is the conviction that this must have come from Hiliary, Obama or (even) Edwards because there are no individuals in this country or planet that act without being instructed to do so.

The rest of us are free to believe in a million other scenarios.


Althouse is getting the dickens from some of her leftward leaning regulars for deigning to even link the story.

Even some (ridiculous) threats claiming she is subject to a libel suit.

She is unfazed, as one would expect.

Could there be fire as well as smoke?

There was at the Exec Office Bldg, after all.


A fellw called Altman, another of the Clinon cronies, is also something to do with the Enquirer.


Sorry for the spelling mistakes.

A fellow called Altman, another of the Clinton cronies, is also something to do with the Enquirer.

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