There is no joy in this. There is only distraction. And perhaps sadness or disappointment. ABC reports:
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.
This is obviously up for speculation until it’s been confirmed by a paternity test such as this service for dna testing in Atlanta at least, as an example.
Welcome to Lala Land. This is this week’s Major Distraction TM. The responses will all be entirely predictable. And it’s anybody’s guess how long this will last as a story. And you thought that the Olympics would be this week’s Major Distraction TM. How very wrong.
(Updated: 08/08/08 11:05 p ET): I would be remiss if I didn’t provide a link to the diary put up by Elizabeth Edwards at dKos which now has over 1,000 comments. She concludes:
I ask that the public, who expressed concern about the harm John’s conduct has done to us, think also about the real harm that the present voyeurism does and give me and my family the privacy we need at this time.
Evidently, the Edwards family doesn’t enjoy what happens when public figures become this week’s Major Distraction TM. Is it voyeurism if you put up a Diary on dKos rather than going on vacation or just saying, “No comment?” Let the games begin.