The fact that John Edwards is still silent indicates that a lot of this tabloid crap is probably true

The lurid allegations are piling up, but the Senator still won’t say a thing. That’s a bad sign, as if there’s nothing to refute. If that’s the case, he could end up being one of the most reviled political figures in modern history.

And why not? Let’s see…

Ex-aide says Edwards fathered mistress’ child
(AP) – 10 hours ago

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — A man who once claimed to have fathered the child of John Edwards’ mistress says in a book proposal the former presidential candidate is the real father and that he and Edwards worked with his campaign finance chairman to hide that secret, according to a newspaper report published online Saturday.

Lying and deception, for beginners. And then he told Rielle Hunter that, after his wife’s cancer had killed her, he’d marry Hunter?

The New York Times said the book proposal by former Edwards aide Andrew Young states he helped facilitate the affair between Edwards and Rielle Hunter. According to the newspaper, Young wrote that Edwards once told Hunter they would wed after Edwards’ wife, who has cancer, died.

Edwards told Hunter that the ceremony would be held on a rooftop in New York and the Dave Matthews Bands would make an appearance, the newspaper said, citing its examination of the book proposal

Ah, DMB, sure. Great. And then political shenanigans, payoffs?

Edwards has said the affair with Hunter ended in 2006. That year, Edwards’ political action committee paid Hunter’s video production firm $100,000 for work. Then the committee paid another $14,086 on April 1, 2007. The Edwards camp has said the latter payment from the PAC was exchanged for 100 hours of unused videotape Hunter shot.

The same day, the Edwards presidential campaign had injected $14,034.61 into the PAC for a “furniture purchase,” according to federal election records.

Well, if you were incapable of admitting paternity for little Frances Quinn, but still wanted to provide some financial help, that’d be one way to do it.

Young said in 2007 he was the child’s father. Hunter said around the same time that Young was the father and the birth certificate does not list a father’s name.

He’s let this thing get way out of hand–everybody already knows he’s the father. What the hell is he waiting for? This thing could get ugly enough that Democratic party leaders might have to scalp the guy.

Joyce Fitzpatrick, a spokeswoman for Edwards and his attorney, Wade Smith, said that Edwards would not comment Saturday. Smith has said Edwards may make a statement at some point in the future about the paternity of Frances Quinn Hunter, who is 19-months old, but there was no timetable for that.

Young hasn’t spoken publicly since saying he was the father in 2007 and has repeatedly ignored reporter requests for interviews.

Young got his last campaign paycheck in the middle of November, a month before he and Hunter publicly declared through attorneys that he was the father. Fred Baron, who was Edwards’ national finance chairman and a wealthy Dallas-based trial attorney, said last year he quietly sent money to Hunter and to Young’s family to resettle in California…

The New York Times said the book proposal states Edwards knew from the start that he was the father of the child and expended considerable effort trying to conceal that. The proposal says Edwards pleaded with Young to claim paternity and asked Baron to check whether a doctor would fake the results of a paternity test.

And he wanted to get a doctor to fake paternity results? He’s starting to sound like an evil ass. Somebody tell this guy to crawl out of his spider hole, now.