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?

HUNTER TO MARRY HIM! John Edwards has proposed to his mistress Rielle Hunter, and is buying a luxury $3.5 million beachfront home where they can live happily ever after with their love child, The ENQUIRER has learned exclusively.

The disgraced presidential candidate popped the question at the same time he told Rielle that he’d be issuing a press statement finally confirming he fathered her daughter Frances Quinn, close sources told The ENQUIRER.

Edwards, 56, released that statement on Jan. 21, and just six days later a spokesperson for his cancer-stricken wife Elizabeth confirmed the couple had legally separated after 32 years of marriage. Sources say they expect to be officially divorced within a year, paving the way for the ex-senator to make Rielle, 45, his wife.

“John dropped the proposal bomb on Rielle shortly before he issued his statement” that he was indeed Frances’ father, a close source divulged.

“John knew Rielle had been waiting for a proposal for two long years. Since they’ve gotten involved, she’s followed every order he gave her, going on a cross-country cover-up, hiding away during her pregnancy and after giving birth for the sake of his presidential aspirations.

“Rielle never uttered a peep about their affair publicly, and remained loyal to John. John felt she deserved to know that he wanted to raise their child together, and wanted Rielle in his life as his partner.

“John has said that when his divorce is final, he’ll buy her a diamond ring. But in the meantime, he’s getting them a house.”

Another source told The ENQUIRER: “John has proposed to Rielle, and she said yes.”

Also, 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.

Posted by Lawrence Auster at February 11, 2010 11:11 AM | Send

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