FALLEN STAR

John Edwards Breaks Silence

10 months ago, John Edwards came clean about his scandalous affair with a campaign videographer, Rielle Hunter. Since then, he has been almost completely out of the spotlight. Now, Edwards has spoken at length with The Washington Post in his first interview since the scandal broke. Can you guess what topics were not discussed? Despite not addressing Hunter, or the paternity of her child, or the federal investigation into his campaign, the interview does reveal Edwards struggling to cope with his lot in life. He has quietly traveled several times to lend a hand in humanitarian projects in Latin America, and says he is willing to "dig a ditch or hammer a nail." He also worries about his legacy, saying that much of the positive work by pushing issues of poverty and health care to the fore is now regarded as phony and insincere. Edwards does not see any slow comeback a la Eliot Spitzer, and says that for now he is devoted to his family—though he doesn't rule out a return to a more public role. "Sometimes you just keep your head down and work hard and see what happens," he said.