I’m very skeptical about that.
A JinC commenter responding to Edwards admits to sexual affair; denies paternity just said:
We are now asked to believe that the meeting between Rielle Hunter nd Edwards at a clandestine location in the middle of the night occured even though the affair had long since ended and the child was someone else's? He knew nothing of monthly payments?I’m right with the commenter.
And reasonable people are expected to believe this?
Then there’s this from a Politico.com story concerning what ABC News is reporting Edwards is now saying:
He denied being the father of Hunter’s child and also that the affair was over before his wife’s cancer recurred in March of last year.OK, you got that?
In his statement, Edwards said that, "I am and have been willing to take any test necessary to establish the fact that I am not the father of any baby, and I am truly hopeful that a test will be done so this fact can be definitively established."
"I also have not been engaged in any activity of any description that requested, agreed to or supported payments of any kind to the woman or to the apparent father of the baby," Edwards said. A former Edwards staffer has claimed to be the father of the child.
Left unanswered in the ABC release is whether Edwards is asked to explain why he was apparently in a Los Angeles hotel room with his former mistress last month.
A source familiar with the ABC interview said that Edwards does the broadcast alone and explains why his wife is not beside him. Edwards says that while politicians often have their wives beside them in similar situations, he has embarrassed her enough.
Edwards had heatedly denied the affair after the Enquirer floated the possibility last Oct. 11." ...
He’s not the daddy. He's not involved in regular payments to Rielle Hunter. The affair is over.
Those denials go against what the National Enquirer’s been reporting.
So what are we to make of what follows in Politico’s story:
ABC News chief investigative correspondent Brian Ross said the Enquirer’s reporting was “95 to 96 percent” accurate[?]Would Ross score the Enquirer "95 to 96" if he thought it was wrong about Edwards being the daddy?
And there are those press reports that Enquirer editor David Perel says his paper will be able to prove the parts of its reports Edwards is still denying.
The Politico story's here; the ABC News report's here.