National Enquirer Reports On 'Love Child' Of John Edwards
Damning Edwards Revelations May Point Fingers At Clintons
*** UPDATE: Story Quietly Pulled ***
*** UPDATE: Some Misinterpret This Piece ***
*** UPDATE: Story Returns In Longer Form! ***
*** UPDATE: Rush Addresses Story ***
In what will likely clear talk radio's topical decks for the next day or so, last- minute (as in Iowa) revelations of a soon- to- be John Edwards "love child" has fingers pointing straight at Clinton's war room.
Regardless of the story's origin, however, the National Enquirer's megascoop on Edwards and his extracurricular activities is sure to shake up the presidential race in a major way. That's because a new poll has Edwards leading in Iowa, with that state's caucuses right around the corner.
From the piece, just published tonight and already splashed across the Drudge Report:
The woman linked to Presidential candidate John Edwards in a cheating scandal is more than six months pregnant and telling a close confidante that Edwards is the father of her unborn child, The NATIONAL ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.
The NATIONAL ENQUIRER's political bombshell comes just weeks after Edwards emphatically denied having an affair with Rielle Hunter, who formerly worked on his campaign.
But The ENQUIRER has now confirmed not only that Rielle is pregnant, but she is also living in Chapel Hill, N.C. in a gated community, just a few streets away from Andrew Young, who has been a key official in Edwards' campaign.
The story goes on to allege a political cover-up, adding a level of intrigue for pundits to savor.
For talk radio hosts, potential reactions are not yet clear. Asked by your Radio Equalizer for a gut reaction to the story, syndicated talker Dr Laura Schlessinger quipped, "I would comment ONLY AFTER a paternity test...."
And ABC Radio talker Mark Levin told your Radio Equalizer late Tuesday, "if this turns out to be accurate, Edwards will become a favorite among Democrats."
Talk radio reactions could mirror some of the comments posted in the last few minutes at Lucianne's site:
This is no surprise, We all expected that as soon as Edwards made a move in the polls, Hillary's goons at the tabloids would drop a bomb on him.
Although we don't know if the story is true or not, it also would be no surprise to learn that an ambulance chasing scuzz like Edwards was two-timing his cancer stricken wife.
Let me guess, hillary is totally shocked by this and she had nothing to do with the story. Her people will be quoted as saying that they are surprised that that Edwards is bisexual and could father an illegitimate kid.
Andrew Young? The man who said Bubba been with more black women than Obama is now watching over Bambi's love child?
In October, the same publication broke news of the Breck Girl's affair, but this bombshell will likely do far more damage. The big question: will it ruin Edwards in Iowa, or create a backlash against Hillary there?
UPDATE: The DUmmies aren't happy
UPDATE: Without explanation, the Enquirer has pulled the story from its website. Slate has more here. What's going on?
UPDATE: Your Radio Equalizer is finding this post's point misrepresented in several places. From Outside The Beltway, here's one example:
Brian Maloney speculates, using apparently no evidence whatsoever, that this story is the work of the Hillary Clinton War Room. He has also gotten early reactions from Laura Ingraham and Mark Levin, who don’t have much useful to add. Interestingly, Hunter has a passing resemblance to Ingraham.
Actually, the purpose of this post was to look at how pundits might react to this late- breaking story. In this site's view, it appears likely analysts would point fingers at Hillary. The reason: the Enquirer's Clinton- friendly history and the cited Edwards lead in current Iowa polling.
In addition, there was never a quote from Laura Ingraham in the piece. The other two hosts added what they intended as funny asides to a silly story.
That said, the intrigue level is actually higher now that the story has been yanked. Who was behind it? Is it true? What's the rest of the story?
UPDATE: Rush addresses story on today's show, calling it "another liberal dirty trick". Citing the uncanny coincidence of new polls showing Edwards ahead in Iowa, Limbaugh also says he has some questions about the story's validity.
Spending time exploring who could have leaked it, eliminating every candidate except Hillary and perhaps Obama, Rush jokingly asked, "who could it be? Beats me!"
El Rushbo also wondered where Edwards voters would go if they abandoned him: "How does a story about infidelity help Clinton?"
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