By all means consider the source, but read the story before automatically dismissing it. The details are damning, and total fabrication — even from The Enquirer — is unlikely. (And before ideology swamps reality, remember this is the same publication that uncovered Rush Limbaugh’s doctor shopping and pill popping back in 2003.)
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.
I almost felt sorry for Edwards after reading that. Then I remembered his wife has incurable breast cancer. And that she campaigned for him tirelessly even as she battled the disease.
IF the Enquirer’s account even remotely resembles the truth, it would be safe to conclude that John Edwards is a contemptible sleazeball. His better half deserves much better.
The tabloid may have done Obama a favor, as Edwards was rumored to be gaining in the veepstakes. I’ll say this for Sam Nunn — he’s unlikely to be spotted trolling the hallways of a Beverly Hills hotel at two in the morning.