Saturday, August 9, 2008
The Edwards Interview
After watching the John Edwards interview by Bob Woodruff on ABC's Nightline, I came away with a few reactions.
First of all, Edwards looked tired and wan-not surprising considering what he has been going through the past couple of weeks.
More importantly, beyond admitting that he committed a "serious error in judgement" and engaged in an affair with Rielle Hunter in 2006, I firmly believe that he is still lying about several key points, most notably being the father of Hunter's baby girl and not having any knowledge of monies paid to Hunter. I also believe that the coming weeks will show that.
First of all, Edwards stated his willingness to take a paternity test, something one would think he would have taken after the child was born in February. Not withstanding that point, it is easy for him to express willingness to take such a test. Guess who holds the keys to that castle? Rielle Hunter, that's who, and she is the woman who is allegedly receiving $15,000 a month from someone close to Edwards. Unless of course, Andrew Young wants to come forward and claim his parental rights to authorize a test (remember, no father's name appears on the birth certificate).
Interestingly, there was one part of the interview in which Edwards was clearly unable to offer a coherent response. That was regarding the picture of him in the hotel room holding the baby. For some reason, he did not want to concede that was him in the picture,even speculating that it might be a forgery. He told Woodruff that he was wearing a different blue shirt that night. His explanation was absolutely unconvincing.
One especially astounding statement came when Edwards told Woodruff that he "used the fact that the (National Enquirer) story contained many falsities to deny it", which he described as "being 99% honest"!!
Well, in that case, it's time to "Move On"- to Denver!
Not so fast, John Edwards. There is more.
In trying to explain why he was at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on the evening of July 21-until 2:40 am- visiting a woman he was no longer involved with and a baby that was not his, Edwards stated that he wanted to convince Hunter not to reveal the affair.
My question is, what was different two weeks ago from 2 months ago or last year, when he and Hunter were denying the story? Wasn't she getting $15,000 a month and living in a swanky home in Santa Barbara?
And that leads to what may be Edwards' biggest problem down the pike. Where is all that money coming from? Edwards told Woodruff that he had no idea. Meanwhile, with the story breaking, his former campaign finance (FINANCE) director, Fred Baron, is now saying that he threw a few bucks in Hunter's direction-without Edwards' knowledge. More specifically, Baron has told the Dallas Morning News that he paid (with his own funds) to have Ms Hunter relocated from Chapel Hill, NC to Santa Barbara because she was being hounded by reporters. At this point, beyond a personal indiscretion, is there a possibility that campaign funds and contributions were being diverted to Edwards' mistress? I am not saying this is the case, but I think it merits an inquiry by whichever regulatory/law enforcement agency has jurisdiction, to say nothing of all those ace investigative reporters working for the mainstream news media-if they are interested. On the other hand, I suppose they could just leave it to that trashy tabloid National Enquirer to continue doing their job for them.
The bottom line is this: Edwards, in his public statement, says that now that he has come clean, he will have no further statement on the matter. He is mistaken. In my opinion, his interview and his statement are still full of lies. Mr Edwards still has a lot of questions to answer-questions that will not stop now that the story has finally come out. He apparently is hiding something. He does not want to own up to being the father of the child, and he does not want to admit any connection to a lot of money that has been paid to Ms Hunter to move her around the country and support her.
This story is not going away any time soon. Nor should it.