I couldn’t imagine I was, given I was 43 and had never been pregnant. Johnny and I never used birth control, but I was always mindful of my cycle and I was certain that I had never been ovulating during any of my visits with Johnny. [...] I discovered (to my shock and surprise) that most women were at their most fertile not during ovulation, but a few days before. IMPORTANT INFORMATION that I did not know! – Buzzfeed
RIELLE HUNTER has written a book, which was published Tuesday and it turns out she’s an ignoramus. After reading excerpts of her book on Buzzfeed it’s not hard to understand why John Edwards and Hunter broker off their love affair just last week, according to Hunter in interviews. What’s now been revealed inside What Really Happened would be embarrassing to face every day in each other.
Rielle Hunter unloading in print hits John Edwards where it hurts, while she spares herself no dignity, because it sounds like the publisher pushed her to write all the gory details to the exhausting humiliation of them both. Summer publishing is that way. You want to give people smut-like pleasure while they’re baking in the hot, warm sun.
It’s why the phenomenal 50 Shades of Grey is stacked in piles at Costco right now.
In the video above on “The View,” which followed the “20/20″ interview with Chris Cuomo, Whoopie Goldberg focuses on Hunter talking about Elizabeth Edwards. Hunter evidently unpacks the Edwardses marriage, which she claims was finished long before John Edwards and she started their affair that was by no means the only extra-marital relationship John Edwards was navigating.
It’s always a puzzlement why couples who aren’t able to be happy together in peace choose to stay together when the cumulative affect on everyone is a total train wreck. Where did the storybook coupling fall apart? Was it when they lost their teenage son in the tragic car wreck, which Elizabeth Edwards spoke about in a way that broke your heart, her pain so understandingly overwhelming? Was it when she and John decided to have more children after their son Wade died?
Edwards never returned to lawyering. Instead, she began hormone treatments in hopes of conceiving more children. The couple felt that would be the best way to bring joy back into their home, for themselves and grieving daughter Cate. – MSNBC
In the scheme of politics it hardly matters anymore, except what John Edwards’ “Two America” might have meant if he had been truly committed to it above his own starved ego in the age of “Occupy.” However, even that is obliterated by the sheer rawness of the Edwardses ambition, both John and Elizabeth partners in what became a spectacle, because they both actually believed the presidency or some piece of leftover fame they could wrestle out of their road show was worth the annihilation of everyone around them, including devoted Americans caught up yet again in another celebrity political game, only to be sandbagged.
Add the human interest story of a man and woman who appeared as if they had everything, but were obviously devouring each other and everyone around them because they couldn’t face their own pain or let go of each other, it teaches that kids or not, when tragedy strikes there’s no way to soothe the grief that sometimes extinguishes the love because of the pain between you. It’s over when it’s over and to not come to grips with endings as a possibility to begin again opens on an outcome that might not just be deadly for the adults, but ruin the the lives of everyone involved, including the innocent.
The National Enquirer got the story right from the start, with no one in traditional or new media having the stomach for the truths that could only be found by following the characters in the story relentlessly; Mark Halperin and John Heilemann did the same and got grief for it, too. There’s a lesson here, but don’t expect anyone to learn it. Political writers must write the stories they see and feel are important, with editors squeamishness fought, because only the truth will set us free, even if everyone today comes prepared with their own facts. That it took the fictional character of Will McAvoy in HBO’s “The Newsroom” to say that loud enough for everyone to hear reveals the rot in our politics today, with the Edwardses-Hunter-Mellon-Young saga only one small chapter of an ongoing series.
Everyone in this sorry human tragedy came out ravaged. I don’t know how the eldest daughter Kate will ever make peace with it all, but if she does it’s a miracle. To be old enough to experience such carnage in your family is life-altering, taking a lifetime to exorcise in order to save yourself and capture happiness in place of the madness brought on by parents who were mindlessly self-destructive.
Time doesn’t heal all wounds, but sometimes they are rendered to black and white. It’s often the best that can be expected and can be enough if you see the magnificence of life lived in the only moment any of us have, which is now.