Sunday, June 28, 2009
While you were paying attention to Mark Sanford's affair and Michael Jackson's entourage, you may not have noticed that the John Edwards/Rielle Hunter affair seems to have ventured into sex tape territory. Whatever. The Breck Girl and, frankly, everybody else involved are so unrelievedly tacky that we are almost forced to rehabilitate Sanford and Eliot Spitzer just because they are not, well, John Edwards. When the bar's that low, just about anybody ought to be allowed over it.
Ok, I'll be the last one to defend a man who who betrays his wife. I'm sort of old fashioned and inclined to take seriously the "for better or worse" part, even if that doesn't mean for lunch.
Looking at the pattern, though, I find a little voice in the back of my head saying something like, what kind of women are attracted to men like this, and what is it like living with them when their world has been transformed by a crushing schedule of practical obligations.
What happens when you get to, "yes dear, have your people talk to my people?"
Wwll, who would have thunk it? St. Martin's nabbed Andrew Young, for a multi-million dollar book deal! Andrew who?
I'm not here to defend Edwards but when I see the words "sex tape" and "book deal" in the same sentence my believability radar goes off.
Where's the tape, Andrew.
Of the three, I would have to say that Sanford is the least despicable.
Now please don't consider this a defense of the man, but he wasn't seeing a hooker and his wife wasn't dying of cancer while he paid off a friend to care for his illegitimate son.
That said it's like being the tallest midget.
Syd's right. A publisher seeing the Elizabeth Edwards book on the bestseller lists could have just met with Young and said, "We know you're full of it claiming you're the daddy, but that's OK. Whatever John paid you for that cock-and-bull story we'll make the advance for admitting it's a crock AND 'remembering' Edwards said something about a sex tape."
To paraphrase the legend of the old Churchill joke, we've established Young is a prostitute. Now we're just haggling over price.