Quiet Fade Into Obscurity Or Flaming Death Spiral?
As far as John Edwards' once-promising political career goes, the answer appears to be the latter. In fact, it is now achieving Lindsay Lohan-levels of self-destruction.
Cheating on your cancer-stricken wife is bad; knocking up your mistress is worse; creating an elaborate cover-up to keep said career alive is Nixonian; but having to admit that your earlier emotional mea culpa was an elaborate lie is in a class all by itself:
[A] federal grand jury in nearby Raleigh is investigating whether any crimes were committed in connection with campaign laws in an effort to conceal his extramarital affair with a woman named Rielle Hunter. At the same time, Mr. Edwards is moving toward an abrupt reversal in his public posture; associates said in interviews that he is considering declaring that he is the father of Ms. Hunter’s 19-month-old daughter, something that he once flatly asserted in a television interview was not possible.Yes, I am gloating because, fuck it, it's fun.
This detail, also from the New York Times' Sunday story about Edwards linked above, has already been blogged in a couple of places, but c'mon, it's a beaut:
Mr. Young says that he assisted the affair by setting up private meetings between Mr. Edwards and Ms. Hunter. He wrote that Mr. Edwards once calmed an anxious Ms. Hunter by promising her that after his wife died, he would marry her in a rooftop ceremony in New York with an appearance by the Dave Matthews Band.(Emphasis added.)This is as good of a time as any to point out that Edwards's pose as champion of the poor and downtrodden was bullshit too.