And he seemed like such a nice boy… Gosh darn it. Where did John Edwards go wrong? And more importantly why? He didn’t even get near absolute power, yet he was corrupted absolutely.
In The Politician the John Edwards’ tell-all by former aide Andrew Young, we a get a grisly slice of life that sounds more like a Lifetime movie than real life.
And one more reason to use condoms. As if we needed any reminders.
According to Young’s book which went on sale today, the maintenance of John Edwards’ mistress–the Rielle Hunter, a wily huntress if ever there was one–was funded with money from late trial lawyer Fred Baron and banking heir widow Bunny Mellon, though the latter was unaware she paying for Edwards’ trysting.
It’s just so darn tacky: Young agreed to claim Rielle’s child as his own, even though he was married with three kids. And he told his wife about the plan while at a McDonalds drive-through window.
After I finally got to holler for Chicken McNuggets with chocolate milk and the right toy, I turned to Cheri and in the time it took us to reach window number one (where you give them the money), I said, ‘Edwards wants me to say I’m the father of Rielle’s baby, and then Fred’s gonna fly us off to someplace where we can all hide.’
Oh lordy! It was during a stay with Young’s family that Rielle tossed out a video of her and Edwards making whoopee (well, she was hired as the campaign videographer!) which Young claims he has in his possession. Cannot unsee!
And if all of this and the “Dave Matthews playing at our wedding plans” weren’t sickening enough on a personally sordid level, the political stuff is repulsive too. Young writes that Edwards bitched about making appearances at state fairs, quoting Edwards as saying
[F]at rednecks try to shove food down my face. I know I’m the people’s senator, but do I have to hang out with them?
And then there’s this: Before speaking at an SEUI rally, Edwards had the label his Italian suit coat taken out and replaced with the “made in USA” tag from Young’s own jacket.
Young reached his breaking point though:
After watching and hearing John Edwards practice a thousand little deceptions and tell a thousand different lies, ostensibly in the service of some greater good, I finally recognized that he didn’t care about anyone other than himself.
Ya think? I can’t wait for the movie version…Tom Cruise as John Edwards?