“And you thought the John Edwards sex scandal couldn't get seamier,” said Helen Kennedy in the New York Daily News. After refusing to allow DNA testing on her baby, Frances, last year, Rielle Hunter, the ex-senator’s former mistress, is reportedly now “furious at being portrayed as a stalker” in Elizabeth Edwards’ new book, and is “taking revenge” by asking John Edwards for a paternity test after all.
John Edwards “denied fathering her child,” said John Cook in Gawker, “and offered to take a DNA test to prove it.” So why does Hunter all of a sudden want him to take one? Maybe his “offer of a test and Hunter's demurral were pre-arranged" to make it look as if he was owning up to the truth "without having to endure the potentially unpleasant consequences.”
Maybe the whole thing was just an arrangement between Edwards and Hunter to protect his political career, said Simon Scowl in Deceiver, and perhaps now the hush "money has run out.” Or maybe Hunter is “just sick of hiding and is finally standing up for herself.”
THE WEEK'S AUDIOPHILE PODCASTS: LISTEN SMARTER
- Why China's Communist Party is headed for collapse
- Why Texas Republicans may want to cool the anti-Obama land-grab talk
- He said he was leaving. She ignored him.
- 31 TV shows to watch in 2014
- Why the poor's investment of choice is so alarming
- How to make perfect fried rice in 6 easy steps
- Obama doesn't have a manhood problem — but conservatives certainly do
- What would a U.S.-Russia war look like?
- Why atheism doesn't have the upper hand over religion
- Why we need a maximum wage
Subscribe to the Week