How to Placate Your Mistress, If You’re Former Presidential Candidate John Edwards


Buried in yesterday’s New York Times comprehensive John Edwards infidelity retrospective was an extremely uncomfortable anecdote about just what kind of promises a desperate would-be president makes to his ticking time-bomb of a mistress. Namely:

The notion that Mr. Edwards is the father has been reinforced by the account of Andrew Young, once a close aide to Mr. Edwards, who had signed an affidavit asserting that he was the father of Ms. Hunter’s child.

Mr. Young, who has since renounced that statement, has told publishers in a book proposal that Mr. Edwards knew all along that he was the child’s father. He said Mr. Edwards pleaded with him to accept responsibility falsely, saying that would reduce the story to one of an aide’s infidelity.

In the proposal, which The New York Times examined, 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.

And unicorns would be there also, and then Blues Traveler would become popular again and also play, and Darius Rucker would sing a special song that he had written for her alone, and the two of them would ride off into the jam-band sunset, into the White House. Oh, also, the very next sentence: “Once the favorite son of much of North Carolina with many supporters beyond, John Edwards is now largely disdained.”

For Edwards, Drama Builds Toward a Denouement [NYTimes]