So it appears that we have pretty strong evidence that Edwards had a love child with a former campaign worker -- he was seen visiting the Beverly Hills hotel where she and her child were staying (under a different name) late Monday night. If Edwards had been the Democratic nominee, this story would've destroyed the party and cost them the presidential election. I'm not going to link to the National Enquirer story, but check out the link to it from Mickey's site
. Funny/sad excerpt from the Enquirer story:
Edwards went out of the hotel briefly with Rielle, they were observed by the NATIONAL ENQUIRER and then went back to her room, where he stayed until attempting to sneak out of the hotel unseen at 2:40 a.m. (PST). But when he emerged alone from an elevator into the hotel basement he was greeted by several reporters from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER.
Senior NATIONAL ENQUIRER Reporter Alexander Hitchen asked Edwards why he was visiting Rielle and whether he was ready to confirm that he was the father of her baby.
Shocked to see a reporter, and without saying anything, Edwards ran up the stairs leading from the hotel basement to the lobby. But, spotting a photographer, he doubled back into the basement. As he emerged from the stairwell, reporter Butterfield questioned him about his hookup with Rielle.
Edwards did not answer and then ran into a nearby restroom. He stayed inside for about 15 minutes, refusing to answer questions from the NATIONAL ENQUIRER about what he was doing in the hotel. A group of hotel security men eventually escorted him from the men's room, while preventing the NATIONAL ENQUIRER reporters from following him out of the hotel.
Said reporter Hitchen: "After we confronted him about seeing Rielle, Edwards looked like a deer caught in headlights!
"He was clearly surprised that we had caught him at this very late hour inside the hotel.
"Some guests up at this late hour watched the spectacle in amusement from a staircase nearby."
The Enquirer obviously isn't the most scrupulous newspaper, but there's no way they would make up this interaction with Edwards out of whole cloth -- Edwards would win an enormous libel judgment and the paper's reputation (such as it is) would be completely ruined.
Liberals owe Mickey their eternal gratitude for his tireless promotion of this story. If not for Mickey's efforts, Edwards might have been a more serious presidential or (more likely) vice presidential candidate, with this story emerging only in the late months of the presidential campaign. And that would have resulted in the Democrats losing a presidential election they would otherwise have been almost guaranteed to win.