Former presidential candidate proposes to mistress
The newspaper that from the beginning has been the authoritative source on John Edwards’s extra-marital affair with Rielle Hunter, his fathering of a child with her, and his extravagant efforts to cover up both, the National Enquirer, reports that Edwards has proposed marriage to Hunter. A spokesman for Edwards’s wife Elizabeth recently said that the couple is legally separated and expects to be divorced within a year.
Caveat: the fact that the Enquirer has credibility in this area does not mean that it is engaged in an ethical enterprise. The Enquirer uses the methods of private detectives to uncover sexual scandal in the private lives of celebrities. No one seems to question any more whether this is a legitimate journalistic activity. In the same way, no one questioned Tiger Woods’s the fact that numerous girlfriends, whom he had not harmed in any way other than to engage in consensual affairs with them, for gratuitously publicizing the affairs, thus wrecking his reputation and his life. The only upside I can see in all this licensed amorality is that , even in our relativistic society, marital infidelity is still considered inherently wrong. But in a society in which amorality is the accepted norm, how can marital fidelity flourish?
JOHN EDWARDS ASKS MISTRESS RIELLEAlso, the proposal story has gone beyond the Enquirer . It’s in today’s New York Post.
Let us also remember the information that came out from Andrew Young’s recent book, that Edwards’ course of action and statements about his future plans back in the early days of his affair with Rielle were based on the assumption that his wife was going to die soon. Imagine his surprise when she didn’t.