After repeatedly denying both his affair and fathering a child with former campaign videographer Rielle Hunter (is anyone else wondering whether the videos will ever surface—or perhaps hoping desperately they won't?), John Edwards has finally admitted his paternity of 2-year-old Frances Quinn Hunter in a written statement. The confession was prompted by some unsavory revelations about the affair in a new book penned by a former Edwards aide, making the act a pretty cowardly one. But at this stage, the admission, while hopelessly overdue, is politically meaningless. Edwards has no foreseeable future in elective politics. In his home state, where he was once a popular rising star, his approval rating has dropped to an abysmal 15 percent. The polling firm that conducted the research declared Edwards "the most unpopular person we've polled any where at any time." Ouch. Let's hope this is the last we hear from Edwards about this whole tawdry affair. He's embarrassed himself enough for one lifetime.
Here is Edwards's statement:
I am Quinn's father. I will do everything in my power to provide her with the love and support she deserves. I have been able to spend time with her during the past year and trust that future efforts to show her the love and affection she deserves can be done privately and in peace.
It was wrong for me ever to deny she was my daughter and hopefully one day, when she understands, she will forgive me. I have been providing financial support for Quinn and have reached an agreement with her mother to continue providing support in the future.
To all those I have disappointed and hurt, these words will never be enough, but I am truly sorry.
John R. Edwards