John Edwards

John Edwards's Commitment Problems
June 17, 2009

The Washington Post's Alec MacGillis gets on the phone with John Edwards, who says: "The two things I'm on the planet for now are to take care of the people I love and to take care of people who cannot take care of themselves." I'm in no position to assess how he's doing on the first score, but he's failing on the second--at least judging from the rest of MacGillis's article: One week before confirming the affair, he pulled the plug on College for Everyone, a program he started in 2005 at Greene Central High School in Snow Hill, N.C., which paid the first-year college tuition of any graduate

John Edwards's Tangled Web
May 04, 2009

How miserable is it to be John Edwards right now? Elizabeth's new book containing details of her reaction to his affair--she threw up--is about to come out and now federal investigators are combing through his campaign finances to figure out if he used any of that money to pay off his mistress in order to keep her quiet.

The Return Of The Edwards Scandal
February 03, 2009

Just when you thought you'd never have to hear about John Edwards and Rielle Hunter again, word comes that Elizabeth Edwards is publishing another book--this one called Resilience. It will come out in May and will, according to Elizabeth's publicist, address her husband's "affair and how she experienced it." On the one hand, I can see why Edwards would want to tell her side of this story. On the other hand, I'm not sure how her desire to do that--in book-form no less--squares with her impassioned plea for privacy. --Jason Zengerle

John, You're Too Hard On Obama's Speech
January 20, 2009

I want to dissent a bit from John's intelligent critique of Barack Obama's first inaugural. John, you write: Is Obama facing partisan warfare? Is Washington deeply divided? It may become so, but the evidence of the last month does not suggest that this is a critical problem. Huh? The evidence of the last couple of years have suggested this is a terrible problem. I got at this in a recent piece on the House conservatives; they are predisposed to view Obama and Democrats in general -- even the Blue Dogs -- with deep suspicion and animosity. And the feeling goes both ways.

The Imperial Vice Presidency
November 19, 2008

Angler: The Cheney Vice PresidencyBy Barton Gellman (Penguin Press, 384 pp., $27.95) As Americans prepare to choose a new president, it may seem a curious exercise to rehearse the manifest failures of the current one. But either Barack Obama or John McCain is going to be stuck with the burdensome legacy of the Bush years, and the rest of us will be too--possibly for a long time. The war in Iraq is still with us. So are Afghanistan, Iran, and Pakistan. The Wall Street cataclysm will ramify, locally and globally, for many months, perhaps years.

The Return Of John Edwards
November 12, 2008

In case you missed it, John Edwards crawled out of his hole last night. The Democrat's speech covered politics, poverty and his hopes for America and the world and he later discussed President-elect Obama and other topics from the audience. But the question-and-answer period featured only written queries that had been submitted before his speech. The affair he acknowledged with filmmaker Rielle Hunter wasn't mentioned. After his public statements in August, Edwards said he did not plan to speak about the affair again...

Open Tab
September 10, 2008

On the morning of February 21, David Perel, the editor-in-chief of the National Enquirer, was sitting in his Boca Raton office when he pulled up The New York Times website.

So Where Are Those Enquirer Photos, Anyway?
August 22, 2008

One of the unanswered questions of the National Enquirer-John Edwards sex scandal is that the tabloid never published photos of the now infamous encounter at the Beverly Hilton in the early morning hours of July 22, when a pair of Enquirer reporters and a photographer busted Edwards attempting to sneak out of the hotel. The tabloid ran with the story and on August 6, published a blurry photo of a guy who looks like Edwards holding what the Enquirer alleges is his love child (Edwards denies this).

Obama And Attack Politics
August 20, 2008

As people plead for Obama to "wake up" and hit McCain harder, here's something to keep in mind: After his period of semi-dormancy in the summer and fall of 2007 he never did lay into Hillary all that dramatically in the fall and early winter. He certainly did get tougher on her--in particular by hammering her vote for the Kyl-Lieberman Iran amendment. But as I remember it, it was actually John Edwards who played a crucial role in bringing down Hillary. Edwards was the one who truly started drilling into Clinton's ethics and honesty, and her connection to corrupt Washington-insider politics.

Rush Limbaugh: Relationship Counselor
August 13, 2008

Media Matters notes that, in his August 12 broadcast, Limbaugh floated the notion that maybe John Edwards got jiggy with Rielle because: We know -- we've been told that Elizabeth Edwards is smarter than John Edwards. That's part of the puff pieces on them that we've seen. Ergo, if Elizabeth Edwards is smarter than John Edwards, is it likely that she thinks she knows better than he does what his speeches ought to contain and what kind of things he ought to be doing strategy-wise in the campaign? If she is smarter than he is, could it have been her decision to keep going with the campaign?