About John Edwards, Even TMZ Doesn’t Care Anymore

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This note is reprinted with permission from a note health care policy blogger Brad Wright sent out. Brad blogs at Wright on Health.
Even TMZ Doesn’t Care Anymore. . .
Just saw John Edwards at the food court at Southpoint Mall (Durham, NC) and absolutely nobody cared.
No one spoke to him, and almost no one looked at him, with the exception of the aggressive pushers of free samples of teriyaki chicken at Max Orient.
Even his scandals — including rumored arson of the Pittsboro courthouse — are of little concern to anyone anymore.
I felt something like pity for a brief moment, but another bite of Five Guys squelched it.
— Brad Wright

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23 comments on “About John Edwards, Even TMZ Doesn’t Care Anymore

  1. questions says:

    Thanks Paul!
    Saw it via HuffPo, and commenters added some info about how it had been pre-programmed, hooked to the sound system, and was playing far more notes than he was. My guess is that if he programmed an iPad for me, I could play as well as he!
    For now, I stick to my upright!
    For now, it’s back to the second part of one of the easy Bach minuets from the Anna Magdelena notebooks. And YES, I do play the repeats. I need all the practice I can get!!

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  2. miscellany101 says:

    John Edwards was one of those rare politicians who shamelessly out newted Newt Gingrich.

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  3. questions says:

    For Sue Lowden fans:
    Total U.S. health care costs in 2008: $2.3 trillion
    US population: About 300 million
    Average cost of health care per person: $7,681
    Average weight of a chicken: 5.9 lbs
    Market price per pound: 85 cents
    Average spot price per chicken: $5.02
    Average number of chickens per resident needed to cover health care costs: 1,530 chickens
    Total number of chickens needed to cover United States health care costs: 459 billion chickens
    Estimated worldwide chicken population: 16 billion chickens
    Current worldwide chicken shortage to cover U.S. health care: 443 billion cluckers
    http://tpmdc.talkingpointsmemo.com/2010/04/fowl-math-for-a-chicken-based-economy.php
    I get the feeling Harry Reid will be fine.

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  4. questions says:

    Really interesting distinction between a movement and an organization. In which targeted assassinations of movement leaders are shown to be unhelpful, counterproductive, immoral, and inspired by bad game theory!
    http://www.salon.com/news/opinion/feature/2010/04/15/assassinations_terrorists/index.html
    Worth reading Juan Cole’s summary of a U of C data head dissertation. I’m guessing Pape is having some reasonable influence on people’s thinking. (If Pape was involved in this, at any rate.)

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  5. questions says:

    Immigration reform, Republican style!
    “Discussing Arizona’s pending profiling bill on “Hardball,” Chris Matthews challenged Bilbray to cite a “non-ethnic aspect” by which law enforcement agents could identify illegal immigrants. “They will look at the kind of dress you wear, there is different type of attire, there is different type of — right down to the shoes, right down to the clothes,” Bilbray replied.
    Of course, law enforcement wouldn’t detain people based solely on clothing, Bilbray said. They also know to look out for the ways in which illegal immigrants just act illegal.
    “It’s mostly behavior, just as the law enforcement people here in Washington, D.C. does it based on certain criminal activity,” he told Matthews. “There is behavior things that professionals are trained in across the board, and this group shouldn’t be exempt from those observations as much as anybody else [sic throughout].”
    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/04/22/brian-bilbray-gop-rep-cla_n_547710.html
    Strains of Gershwin’s “They Can’t Take That Away From Me” going through my head…
    The way you wear your hat
    The way you sip your tea
    The memory of all that
    No they can’t take that away from me
    The way your smile just beams
    The way you sing off key
    The way you haunt my dreams
    No they can’t take that away from me
    ***
    So all the cops in AZ have to do is listen for off-key singing, demand papers, arrest away. Enforcement is as easy ABC all sung flat!

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  6. questions says:

    Domestic politics OT — nadine,
    here’s a quick copy/paste of the most shocking thing I have found this morning — Alan Greenspan indicates some agreement with me, questions:
    GREENSPAN: No, we knew that there was a lot of egregious underwriting going on. The critical issue is that it wasn

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  7. PissedOffAmerican says:

    This is the PERFECT kind of thread for this slobbering ginny, Nadine. Too bad the vicious lying bigot can’t just confine her spew to gossip columns and catty rumor, and desist from infecting the rest of this comment section with her kind of diseased reasoning.

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  8. nadine says:

    Yes, sweetness, the argument that only Republicans can ever be hypocrites, so it’s only right that the press should concentrate on covering only the affairs or corruption of Republicans IS a ridiculous argument. I only wish I didn’t have to hear it so frequently.

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  9. Sweetness says:

    This is a silly point, Nadine, and obviously there are always exceptions to why something is covered or not–not sure what your point is.
    But you miss my point. In portraying himself as a good family man, Edwards wasn’t sitting in judgment on others, the way the right wing do.
    Wasn’t, for example, telling folks who they could marry and couldn’t marry.
    Almost all politicians like to portray themselves as upstanding citizens, loving husbands, etc.
    So what? His campaign wasn’t all about the Defense of Marriage Act or one man and one woman.
    Anyway, this is a ridiculous argument…

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  10. nadine says:

    Sweetness, Edwards paraded himself as a fine family man who stood behind his sick wife, as much as any Republican.
    “If the story is good, the press will cover it,
    all things being equal.”
    But they didn’t cover Edwards, that’s just the point. Nobody mentioned it until the National Enquirer finally published the damning photos.
    This affair was an open secret for many months. Andrew Young’s book makes it clear that Edward’s entire inner circle knew of the affair with Rielle, who was too much of a flake to be discrete. She was making documentaries that showed such familiarity between herself and Edwards that Mrs. Young looked at and said at once, “He’s f—ing her”.
    questions, Paterson was so inept that he alienated everybody.

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  11. questions says:

    Hello again,
    Paterson?

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  12. Sweetness says:

    One reason why “fallen” right wingers get more copy is they are
    constantly lecturing the rest of us about “family values” and
    “personal morality” and “Christian values.”
    If they were less preachy, their sinning would be less newsworthy.
    Edwards had the good sense to retire from the public arena, and
    there so much else going on, he didn’t merit an inch.
    But it isn’t just Republicans whom the press loves to torture.
    Remember Gary Hart? If the story is good, the press will cover it,
    all things being equal.
    And I’m not sure what your complaint with the Spitzer coverage is.
    He got plenty of it, even if it wasn’t a NYT scoop.

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  13. nadine says:

    Hi questions,
    Even the NYT can’t spike the story after the FBI announces that the sitting governor of NY has paid $80,000 to high priced call girls. It was the IRS & the FBI who were Spitzer’s downfall, not the NYT.

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  14. questions says:

    Hey nadine,
    Didn’t the NYT go after Spitzer? And the current guv Paterson?

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  15. nadine says:

    Steve, yup, to see the Edwards story at the time you had to go to the only investigative journalists who seem to be left in America – the National Enquirer. You did more than most in mentioning the story.
    Of course, if Edwards had an (R) after his name, the New York Times might have done the same 5000 word exercise in insinuation for his affair as they did for John McCain’s alleged affair. Think it might have helped Hillary if Edwards has been forced to drop out in 2007?

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  16. Mr.Murder says:

    This is clearly a vote of confidence for a future Biden/Kerry juggernaut?

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  17. Steve Clemons says:

    paul — thanks. i didn’t write this piece, but the fact that there are
    rumors is true. I was one of the first, following the national
    enquirer and sam stein of huffington post, to write about the
    edwards affair with Rielle Hunter — giving him the benefit of the
    doubt somewhat but telling the story. I had a ton of hate mail at
    the time, but it was right to post. I stand by what Brad Wright
    wrote above. all best, steve clemons

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  18. paul says:

    Steve, this cheap accusation of arson against Edwards is beneath the tone you’ve set on this blog.

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  19. David says:

    The man started a center on poverty at the University of North Carolina. It is neither excusable nor terribly uncommon for people at his political height to do what he did. I hope that center is still active, and that he is able quietly to help keep it going. But it is for damned sure the poor lost a spokesperson who once had clout. Human sexuality…

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  20. WigWag says:

    Content in love could never reign
    Without an intermingled pain,
    Should not the heart some anguish taste
    The gentle flame would quickly waste

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  21. Larry Martin says:

    Ok, I get that you like to kick the guy when he’s down.
    Why don’t you do that on some other blog.

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  22. Templeton Peck says:

    “I felt something like pity for a brief moment, but another bite of
    Five Guys squelched it.”
    Hilarious.

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