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John Edwards Continues His Downward Spiral

September 24, 2009


John Edwards, bloodsucking fraud extraordinaire

John Edwards, bloodsucking fraud extraordinaire


Monday night’s Red Eye discussed John Edwards’ continuing, disgraceful treatment of his family.  Andrew Young, a former aide to Edwards, has proposed to write a book making some serious allegations regarding the senator’s extramarital affair with Rielle Hunter (which isn’t her real name), including Edwards’ pledge to someday marry Miss Hunter in a rooftop wedding complete with a performance by the Dave Matthews Band. According to Young, “Edwards promised Hunter that their star-studded wedding would take place just as soon as his cancer-stricken wife, Elizabeth, died.”

Host Greg Gutfeld quipped:

“That’s romance, John Edwards style”

Red Eye then juxtaposed a few creepy pictures with a photo of Edwards.  One of them was of Nosferatu, the vampire from F.W. Murnau’s famous silent German expressionist film based on Bram Stoker’s Dracula.

Red Eye may unknowingly be on to something here; perhaps Edwards actually is a vampire. After all, he spent years preying upon the blood of doctors as a trial lawyer (President of American Association For Justice for two years), before turning his thirst to the spiritual blood of his own wife.

According to Wikipedia:

“In folkloric tales, vampires often visited loved ones and caused mischief or deaths in the neighborhoods they inhabited when they were alive.”

Sure sounds like the Edwards mode of operation. But he’s not an old-fashioned vampire; he’s a modern one (similar to those in HBO’s True Blood) that has a normal life and is a part of society where it’s hard to tell him apart from regular people.  Modern vampires also have a sexual appeal which they exploit to prey upon others.

True Blood creator Alan Ball says,

“Obviously the act of feeding is a very blatant sexual metaphor. There’s penetration. There are bodily fluids exchanged. There’s a cathartic, frenzied physical moment. You know how a lot of people are attracted to the bad boy or the femme fatale? The hot sexy, dangerous person you know is really not good for you?”

We know there is sexual appeal associated with power, political or otherwise; this could easily be likened to the sexuality and allure associated with today’s vampires.  Once again, this sounds like Edwards, whose life work has been to use his power to suck the financial blood of others, and who now has sucked the spiritual blood out of his wife, via an extra-marital affair.

It appears that he’d even be happy to suck your blood, if you’d like him to.  His “John Edwards ’08” website is still taking donations, if anyone is interested…

  1. fiftyfifty permalink
    September 24, 2009 5:15 pm

    Why waste the ink Mrs. Edward’s new

  2. jbtrevor permalink
    September 25, 2009 7:47 am

    I usually look forward to reading what’s on the Newsreal pages; in this case I have a question…
    Were you considering that Mrs. Edwards might read this?

    I found this distasteful and indicative of our ability to lower our standards…

    Apparently, Jonathan Edwards isn’t the only one spiraling

    • September 25, 2009 8:33 am

      Mrs. Edwards isn’t going to read this Julie. And even if she was then the person to be disgusted with is not us but John Edwards. I think understanding Edwards though the myth of the vampire is a useful insight when it comes to sex, power, and sucking the life from others.

      I’m sorry you were offended.

      • jbtrevor permalink
        September 25, 2009 10:34 am

        Not offended, but disappointed that Newsreal would support a piece that derrides someone’s actions/intentions; writing that we abhor coming from the other side.

        I’ll be okay – 🙂

        • carterthewriter permalink
          September 25, 2009 2:15 pm

          I hope so, then you might bring me sandwich under that bridge

  3. Esteban Cafe, World permalink
    September 25, 2009 10:59 am

    It seems that your Mr. Edwards’ activities are not atypical, he just got caught. Again and again. Oh, that your press had provided similar due diligence re Mr. Obama!

    Sir Edmund Burke stated that “Society cannot exist unless a controlling power upon the will and appetite is placed somewhere and the less of it there is within, the more there must be without.” Mr. Edwards clearly has no control within & there is apparently no control without…other than articles like this which shine light upon them. That they’re naked is their own doing; the light does not undress them.

    While a bit creepy, the analogy with vampires proved itself appropriate by the end of the article.

  4. September 25, 2009 11:50 am

    While I know the analogy is creepy, I never intended to offend anyone besides John Edwards himself. I was only having fun with a picture they showed on Red Eye the other night. Edwards is a clown and his actions deserve ridicule.

  5. Jack Hampton permalink
    September 25, 2009 11:53 am

    I still believe that Al Gore beats Edwards out as the next arch villian in a James Bond movie. It really cracks me up this guy that flunked out of devinity school at Vandy is becoming a billionaire selling carbon credits to morons from Olympia Washington.

  6. carterthewriter permalink
    September 25, 2009 2:13 pm

    John Edwards joins too many politicians who have abused their status and brought shame not only to their families, but American ideals.

    If his story was an isolated incident, we might overlook it, but too many have flooded the arena with infamy.

  7. Judy permalink
    September 25, 2009 2:31 pm

    Gutfeld at times is wickedly observant.
    Julie, I understand your feelings of sympathy towards Elizabeth Edwards, as a tragic figure, now frail and aware that her days are short and she will be leaving children behind. However, she made a decision that I am sure was difficult, to stand by her man. She will not venture out of her coccoon to read this blog.
    Jack, pray that we never have to see Gore and Edwards on the same stage simulanteously.They will beat each other to death arguing over who is the most irrelevant.

  8. September 26, 2009 12:02 am

    When it comes to the Edwards affair , I offer a twist :

    I wonder why no one seems to have picked up on the disparity between him and Elizabeth ? To me it was, and is, obvious.

    I never could stand the woman; she seemed to be so jealous of John’s fame and popularity, and in the 2004 campaigning she was always butting in and trying to get attention. Her attitude towards him seemed to be awfully belittling and resentful. At the time she was a fat, very short little woman who could almost pass for his mother, and I think she hated that.

    And I can’t understand why the world seems to think she is such a darling, who was so victomized. Sure, it is sad and tragic that she got cancer, but she also played that up so indulgently and just couldn’t get enough pity. She wanted the world to help her lick her wounds and that last book was an ego trip if I ever saw one. “Everyone look at me- I’m so abused , Johnny is an absolutely cruel, cruel man ! Everyone of you is just dying to know how I’m holding up , so I’ve written a book to show you all what a tough life it’s been and how I (gasp! ) made it !!” That’s the way I read her.

    Did anyone ever entertain the idea that maybe she has been a cold fish of a wife ? He worked so hard,spending years meeting the people and giving speeches etc. He was so into his life as a politician and suddenly, his world has come to a stop and turned it’s back on him as if he’s just trash. His career and hopes have come to a complete halt.

    I am not excusing him; he was wrong to fool around, but maybe the guy was so hard up for as little freedom and fun he just gave in an oportunity…

    Yes, he was wrong, but I wish the world would give him a break and stop treating her as if she’s spotless and he’s all bad.

    • Lene permalink
      October 17, 2009 11:46 am

      Denise: You are either hopelessy enamored of John or simply unable to grasp the concept of betrayal. He has not only selfishly betrayed his sacred wedding vows he made to this woman, who is the mother of his children, he has dragged her and their children through the mud and public ridicule just because he couldn’t keep his pants zipped. He is slick and deceptive and not to be trusted. Just because he is ‘charming’ and is good looking is no reason to give him a pass on his betrayal of his family. (Not him or any other politician, no matter their Party affiliation.) Oh, and btw, his wife is/was not the one asking the American people to trust her and put her in power. He is/was! He is slick and deceptive and not to be trusted. With him in office I would have expected the Oval Office to once again be soiled by the dishonorable behavior of a power-tripper and stained by the darkness of his base desires unfettered by civilized expectations. An act illustrating absolute disrespect. How can we trust a man who so willfully and callously disrespects his wife and family? If he won’t keep his promises to own wife and children, who he supposedly loves, why would he keep them to a bunch of faceless strangers? He won’t. Those before him have not. Your take on the situation is indicative of the attitude that keeps electing untrustworthy, power-grabbing politicians into office. The whole government has thus continued to “spiral downward” through the years.

      • Jack Hampton permalink
        October 18, 2009 3:44 am

        Yours is a very good response. While I am no fan of Elizabeth Edwards she knew that he was lying to the country and was not the moral icon he pretended to be but went along with it for the fame and power. Denise attacked the womans appearance in her mind she found her average looks unworthy of the silk pony. Her comments leaves a kind of nasty feeling.

  9. Jack Hampton permalink
    September 26, 2009 5:06 am

    Hehehehe that was good. But Gore would run and hide behind a carbon credit.

  10. Esteban Cafe, World permalink
    September 26, 2009 6:43 am

    Denise, you make a good point. It is easy to jump on Mr. Edwards and give a complete pass to Mrs. Edwards due to his public scumminess and her victimhood via cancer. But as you mentioned, he could have succumbed to one of a broad variety of temptations in part due to her coldness. And while that’s still not an excuse, it makes it all more understandable and confirms again the frailty of human nature.

    • September 27, 2009 1:36 am

      A lot of politicians cheat on their wives but they don’t get demonized,hated and outcast like Edwards has been.

      Everybody seems to think that it is a big advantage to be very attractive whether male or female. The fact is that sometimes looks can be a disadvantage. It seemed like everything Edwards did became subject to negative scruntiny ; the media just couldn’t wait to make him look bad.

      Almost every political figure in the congress and House of Representatives has been a graduate law student or actually practced law. Even Mr. and Mrs. Obama learned law. All of these people , no matter what they do at the time , whatever it is is not blamed on their being lawyers etc. It does’nt seem to be that big a deal to peers or public. Yet , becase Edwards was a lawyer, he gets that old “ambulance chaser” stamp of disaproval. He becomes a lowlife who knows how to con people and his opponents did their best to remind everyone , as if to say lawyers can’t be trusted so Edwards was a dishonest candidate. It doesn’t take a genius to realize how unfair all that was.

      And his wife has always struck me as a very egotistical person, wishing it was HER running for presendent. She’s the kind of woman who refused to take Edwards as her last name; instead she kept her own and when he became a candidate for president she decided it wasn’t going to look good if she didn’t call herself “Mrs. Edwards”.

      Has anyone even thought to remember how much of a good family man Edwards has always been ? Well , he has always been a super good dad, and it wasn’t an act. His oldest daughter talked about what a good dad he’d always been . I believe he still is. And the kids should keep that image of their dad also, so it is awful to expose them to the belittling he gets from everyone . Those kids know he is wonderful, and the world wants to tell them he’s a bastard ?

      And Elizabeth could have said at least a few words in defense of him when she heard him being raked over the coals, but no- she was enjoying the beating he was taking. There is no such thing as “Stand by Your Man ” in her life. I say she never did love him ; she never uttered one word of forgiveness .

      She wanted to become famous and important and now she’s got it. Did she ever stop to think what a huge embarrassment that last book would be to John ? Sure she did–that’s why she wrote it- to futher humiliate him.

      And the hair thing is just another “big deal ” to play upon to make him look like a conceited ass. If it was another candidate, nobody would have made a fuss over it.

  11. Jack Hampton permalink
    September 26, 2009 8:29 am

    Denise Ward
    I know that his wife knew about the affair but still campaigned for him which makes her deceitful and as power hungery as he is. Yet I do regret her severe medical condition and have a feeling of compassion for that condition and her looks do not in any way justify his conduct and the fact is he is trash always has been. Just smooth talking trash. By the way do you have a hair brush?

  12. Jack Hampton permalink
    September 28, 2009 1:31 am

    Mrs. Ward
    Edwards was a lying rat long before he cheated on his wife his wife went along with him knowing he was a lying rat hoping to get into the whitehouse. But John did her one better he turned out to be a cheating rat as well hell fire they deserve each other. Do not try to make the silk pony out to be some kind of victim that was used by his wife. He used everyone he came into contact with and now will not ackinoledge his own child that he fathered out of wed lock. The poor kid will have to go through life knowing he is the bastard child of a slimy personal injury lawyer. I hope his mother can change her life find a decent man that will be a positive role model for this child. I also hope she has learned not to be jumping into the sack with just any scumbag. But please do not try to make John Edwards out to be a poor victim. Now I need to find an air sickness bag.

  13. Joy permalink
    October 1, 2009 9:31 am

    OK, this version of People Mag. was VERY entertaining – I readily admit! But I just had to weigh in on slimeball John and his conniving (but almost tragic) wife Elizabeth.

    I think that the accidental death of their 16-year-old son cast a real pall on their marriage – and may have been the beginning of the end of what had probably been a fairly romantic marriage. They provided a good home and, we assume, good values for their children. If THEY proved less than meets the eye, so be it – that’s the human condition.

    Given the sorry state of our litiginous (sp?) society, always ready to sue for anything & everything, it’s no wonder that Edwards made beaucoup bucks with malpractice suits. After all, even the most heinous murderers get a lawyer in our system of justice. Elizabeth just struggled with the now familiar feminist and gender issue of balancing career & family – hard to give up the career but torn by natural maternal feelings & obligations. Catering to a vain & ambitious politician was just one more burden – or, if viewed from another perspective, advantage. She saw the possibilities in the latter.

    Cancer was the fly in the ointment – it totally transformed and, sadly, has shortened her life. All else is secondary – even a cheating husband.

    Actually, this scenario – spruced up for popular consumption – would make a compelling movie – but an even more compelling opera! Elizabeth – cast as a mezzo – would play the terrific Augusta role (Ballad of Baby Doe) to a soprano singing the Rielle Hunter (Baby Doe) role. Horace Greeley (Edwards) would literally be the man in the middle (not sure what would be more appropriately dramatic – tenor or baritone?). I rather like the whole scenario. (Sorry for the inside baseball allusions, but I just got carried away!)

  14. October 17, 2009 10:53 pm

    I used to think Edwards was such a smart and attractive person, and I was impressed with his speeches ( which I now understand were only so much manipulation ) , but it didn’t take too long before I began seeing him as a con artist and a conceited ass .

    Still, both Elizabeth and him have their good and bad qualities; neither one are worthy of a lot of admiration or a lot of disgust, but , yes, he may have outdone her there.

    But he’s taken such a beating and before the whole world, I just can’t get any satisfaction out of belittleing him more. He doesn’t need to be spat on any more…he has been turned into a social outcast and will probably live with knots in his stomach the rest of his life.

    My point is : if someone like me, who is a stranger, can find it in her to feel for that kind of pain, why can’t his own wife ?

    I do feel sorry for her though; life must have been one big frustration for her for years now- cancer is a cruel, cruel thing and her life —–er, well, she does have a home worth millions of dollars ( actually more than one home ) and sh’e just opened up a business of her own…

    There’s always two sides to a coin..

    You are right btw- it’s a soap opera..

  15. Jenn permalink
    October 19, 2009 6:05 pm

    Well, at least John Edwards doesn’t have to buy a costume on Halloween.

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