If you live in America, you’ve no doubt heard of the recent National Enquirer story alleging that hot-shot politician John Edwards had a secret affair which produced a secret child. They even have pictures! However, thus far, the mainstream media has not muttered a word about the scandal, since the Enquirer story is anonymously sourced with no hard evidence. But with the Democratic National Convention coming up, and Edwards likely to speak at the event, the issue is looming larger, particularly since Edwards has chosen to ignore the story and refuses to answer questions rather than firmly deny it. Political strategists say this isn’t going to work going forward, particularly if Edwards wants a shot at the vice presidency or attorney general’s seat.
â€œHe absolutely does have to [resolve it]. If itâ€™s not true, he has to issue a stronger denial,â€ said Gary Pearce, the Democratic strategist who ran Edwardsâ€™ 1998 Senate race. â€œItâ€™s a very damaging thing. … The big media has tried to be responsible and handle this with kid gloves, but itâ€™s clearly getting ready to bust out. If itâ€™s not true, heâ€™s got to stand up and say, â€˜This is not true. That is not my child and Iâ€™m going to take legal action against the people who are spreading these lies.â€™ Itâ€™s not enough to say, â€˜Thatâ€™s tabloid trash.â€™ â€
Will Edwards issue a statement like that? And will it — one way or another — finally push this story into the mainstream media? And will that impact the Democrats’ chances in the upcoming election?
I don’t know and I don’t care.
I just LOVE secret baby stories!