Is John Edwards Cheating On His Cancer-Stricken Wife?

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Has John Edwards been cheating on his terminally-ill wife for the past year and a half? But she lost all that weight!!! (Alternate punchline: "Hey, it worked for Newt Gingrich!" Preference?) Anyway, this maybe-scoop comes to us courtesy the National Enquirer via Mickey Kaus, who thinks it's super poss because Edwards recently stopped taking money from rich people who could potentially get really pissed in favor of financing his haircuts with our tax dollars (thanks, John!) wonders why the mainstream media isn't reporting on it yet. Because that's our job, Mick! Okay, so we always found John Edwards to be spookily smarmy, but this is, an email from the alleged other woman to an alleged friend, is partic. gross:

"Last night and this a.m., he actually has amazed me. He is a great man. My heart is loud and my head is silenced."

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Well, that's for sure. Who the fuck sleeps with a married man whose wife has terminal cancer and THE ENTIRE WORLD FUCKING KNOWS ABOUT IT?

And on a related note, what kind of idiotic campaign worker — the Enquirer is withholding her name — thinks sleeping with her married candidate whose touching family life is basically the centerpiece of his campaign is good for her career? What campaign is going to take this girl now?

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Related: Coulter Says Something About It Too And Wonkette Probably Made Better Jokes That Require Slightly More Background Knowledge

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@SinisterRouge: Seriously: can you be certain what their marriage is and isn't? I tend to believe it when someone seems as enamored of themselves as Edwards. Frankly, I've always thought the a woman in her late forties, in an emotionally healthy marriage, is not going to react to her adult child's death by desperately trying to have another child. Those massive hormone injections involved in IVF are extremely risky health-wise.

@thegreatladies: Exactly. Granted, it's one photo out of many taken during the sitting, but I believe things like that are revealing, if not of a physical incest but def. an emotional usurpation of the wife by the female child. Maybe I'm cynical, or just spent too much time having discussions with my PsyD Father, but I think you've called out the most compelling aspect of that photo.