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Mr. Henry writes about Rielle Hunter, “Rielle Hunter is 43 years old, not particularly attractive, and sprouts all the signs of trouble: She’s a New Age goof. She has no particular talent. She worms into the good graces of accomplished men. She would get pregnant, and she did. She would stick like snot on suede, and she’d pry money, which she has done.”
I must take issue with this particular passage, as it seems to be filled with all sorts of speculation about Ms. Hunter, and has the tenor of an excuse for Mr. Edwards’s (no relation) behavior. Personally, from the pictures I have seen, I find Ms. Hunter to be more attractive than Elizabeth Edwards in her healthier years…but that is simply a matter of opinion that has no bearing on the issue at hand. As for her “worming” her way into the good graces of an accomplished man, getting pregnant and “prying” money from the man, that all sounds a bit harsh to me.
No one forced John Edwards to let this woman into his life, yet he willingly chose to do so; I don’t see that as “worming” your way into anything. People will only be let into your life if you open the door, and obviously Sen. Edwards was more than willing to do so. As for her pregnancy, it would have never happened if Sen. Edwards had simply honored his wedding vows. Ms. Hunter did not force herself on Sen. Edwards, he willingly engaged in behavior that could result in pregnancy, so I fail to see how all of this falls on Ms. Hunter’s shoulder. And as for the money, from all appearances the money seems to be more about Edwards trying to keep Ms. Hunter silent, than a ploy by Ms. Hunter to “pry” money from him. From an interview one of Ms. Hunter’s friends gave on television the other day, it seems that Ms. Hunter is in love with Sen. Edwards, and Sen. Edwards expressed that same sentiment to her, and all she wants is to be with him. It doesn’t seem that she went after his money, but after him…period.p>And to answer your question, not all powerful men engage in this type of behavior. I would wager that most men, powerful or not, who have married a woman takes their vows seriously and vigilantly honor those vows. The problem is that when a high profile person, such as Sen. Edwards, who has what looks like an ideal marriage strays, it calls the fidelity of all men into question. But just because one high profile person acts like a cad does not mean “they all do it.” br> — Eric Edwards br> Walnut Cove, North Carolina /p>
“Do they all do it? Let’s start asking the reporters how much tomcatting around they do when they’re on the road on assignment.”p>Oh, I think that’s why the deafening silence to these exposed pols. Be it from the press or fellow pols, those in glass houses — well, you know the rest.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
The debacle of this president’s administration is both a cause and a symptom of the decline of American values. Unless Congress impeaches him, that decline will go on unchecked. An eminent jurist surveys the damage and assesses the chances for the recovery of our culture.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
The American Christmas, like the songs that celebrate it, makes room for everybody under the rainbow. Is that why so many people seem to be hostile to it?
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?
H/T to National Review Online