Edwards Staffers Would Have Sank The Ship?
by Josh Orton, Sun May 10, 2009 at 07:29:14 AM EDT
I'm not sure I totally buy Stephanopoulos here:
I've talked to a lot of former Edwards staffers about this. Up until December of 2007, most on Edwards' staff didn't believe rumors about the affair.
But by late December, early January of last year, several people in his inner circle began to think the rumors were true.
Several of them had gotten together and devised a "doomsday" strategy of sorts.
Basically, if it looked like Edwards was going to win the Democratic Party nomination, they were going to sabotage his campaign, several former Edwards' staffers have told me.
They said they were Democrats first, and if it looked like Edwards was going to become the nominee, they were going to bring down the campaign.
But there's at least one puzzle piece missing - why didn't these staffers just sink the campaign at the point they found out? Why wait until it looked like Edwards would win the nomination? Wouldn't waiting so long handicap a runner-up Dem in the general election? Wasn't it unfair to keeping pulling donations from supporters?
I'm inclined to disbelieve this type of story. I'd bet at least some of the staffers Stephanopoulos talked to either hadn't heard the rumor or refused to believe it - but won't cop to it.