She Had a Dream

Newsweek has published the best profile I expect to read of the woman who may or may not have had John Edwards' baby. It leaves out the American Psycho connection, but it does mention her obsession with daytime TV favorite Eckhart Tolle:

I would soon learn that there was no such thing as small talk with Rielle Hunter. She told me that she'd felt a connection to me when we'd first met, that she could tell I was a very old soul. This meant a lot to Rielle. Her speech was peppered with New Age jargon—human beings were dragged down by "blockages" to their actual potential; history was the story of souls entering and escaping our field of consciousness. A seminal book for her had been Eckhart Tolle's "The Power of Now." Her purpose on this Earth, she said, was to help raise awareness about all this, to help the unenlightened become better reflections of their true, repressed selves.

Her latest project was John Edwards. Edwards, she said, was an old soul who had barely tapped into any of his potential. The real John Edwards, she believed, was a brilliant, generous, giving man who was driven by competing impulses—to feed his ego and serve the world. If he could only tap into his heart more, and use his head less, he had the power to be a "transformational leader" on par with Gandhi and Martin Luther King. "He has the power to change the world," she said.

If this saga becomes a tawdry TV movie, I hope the director casts Ben Kingsley as the candidate. And with Tolle in the picture, I hope the film doesn't neglect the possibility that the whole affair was a complicated covert op orchestrated by Oprah to help her candidate get the nomination. (*)

* Stop giving me that look. This country needs a better class of anti-Obama conspiracy theories, and I'm trying to do my part.

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  • Nigel Watt||

    If she's that loopy you'd think she'd at least have made Edwards against the WoD.

  • Episiarch||

    You know, if you're going to be Fruit Loops, you should also be super fucking hot. She has failed us in our time of "politician goes down" need. At least Spitzer had the decency to plow a trashy-but-ok young piece of ass (with bonus music career!).

    Let's hope more craziness gets revealed, at least.

  • ||

    She looks more like a Rielle than a Lisa Druck. She also looks like a horse.

  • Billy Bob||

    I've fucked uglier than that. Of course, I was drunk at the time.

  • ||

    It's become clear to me now what this country truly needs: a president with far, far better taste in floozies.

  • kinnath||

    It's become clear to me now what this country truly needs: a president with far, far better taste in floozies.

    JFK?

  • The Libertarian Guy||

    I'm glad John Edwards has taken a political hit over this. Anything that keeps a populist piece of trash from holding public office, is a step in the right direction.

  • bubba||

    Why do these hippies discriminate against new souls? It's not *my* fault I wasn't Cleopatra.

  • John Edwards||

    The are two Americas: the one that will have sexual relations with me, and the one that will not.

  • Episiarch||

    It's become clear to me now what this country truly needs: a president with far, far better taste in floozies.

    Sarkozy can't be our president; he's not an American.

  • ||

    This country is pathetic.

    Edwards uses the rotting corpse of Nataline Sarkisyan as a prop on his populist revival tent show, and nobody makes a peep.

    He has a dalliance with some goofy starfucker, and there is outrage coast to coast.

  • ||

    Her latest project was John Edwards. Edwards, she said, was an old soul who had barely tapped into any of his potential.

    Apparently, tapping this nutjob's vag was one step in his training to learn how to tap his potential.

  • ||

    Old soul? Old soul like Genghis Khan's? There were two Mongolias, you know. Not that Edwards shows a tithe of the brute competence of the Mongol leader.

    P Brooks,

    I've despised, ridiculed, and publicly insulted Edwards since the beginning, so I'm just glad that these nails are being hammered into his coffin.

  • ed||

    And he wanted to be my latex salesman.

  • ||

    Stop giving me that look. This country needs a better class of anti-Obama conspiracy theories, and I'm trying to do my part.

    No no. I'm totally on board with that. I'm not one for conspiracy theories, but if anyone is a evil overlord pulling the levers of power to keep the masses compliant and dependent, it's Oprah.

  • ||

    When Oprah's new network, OWN, gets started in 2009, America will no longer be a free nation.

  • Fluffy||

    What's a little funny is that virtually every news piece on the Paul campaign went out of its way to regale the audience with human-interest detail about the interesting "kooks" at the rallies - but the Edwards campaign had a kook to the tenth power riding in the candidate's car and nobody batted an eyelash, except for a tiny blog item this Newsweek guy put out.

    Paul quotes Mises and that makes him a kook; Edwards quotes The Power of Now [if Rielle was telling the truth in that anecdote] and he's normal. OK.

  • Episiarch||

    When Oprah's new network, OWN, gets started in 2009, America will no longer be a free nation.

    Oprah will make Emperor Ming look like Mr. Rogers, and Skynet look like WALL*E.

  • Salma Hayek||

    Okay, okay, I admit it! I was Ron Paul's lover! He thought I was related to Frederich Hayek, because I lied! I used economics and my large, firm bosoms to entice him.

    I love you, Ron!

  • ||

    Fluffy--Haven't you gotten the memo yet?

    If you want to be left the hell alone by the state and ask the same for everyone else, you're a fringe nutjob.

    But, if you want to curb-stomp everyone else into submission so that you can get your pet issue acted upon, you're the normal one.

  • ||

    Episiarch,

    Indeed. I envision Oprah's photograph being placed at the bottom, left-hand corner of all broadcasts. Staring at us. Judging us.

    I mean, "OWN"? Could she be any more direct? This is like Mein Kampf--the future dictator is telegraphing her plans, but no one is listening. Don't give me any crap about those letters standing for the "Oprah Winfrey Network", either. When Obama bans all other networks, you'll be sorry!

  • Episiarch||

    Don't give me any crap about those letters standing for the "Oprah Winfrey Network", either. When Obama bans all other networks, you'll be sorry!

    Once she has her evil plans in place, the OWN network will suddenly change its name to the PWN network. And we will all be so very, very pwned.

  • ||

    Um, what happens if Obama names Oprah as his VP candidate? Can he possibly lose?

  • ||

    I've despised, ridiculed, and publicly insulted Edwards since the beginning, so I'm just glad that these nails are being hammered into his coffin.

    He'll be back, unless by some miracle from Ghod there actually is a paternity test showing him the father (and why isn't Rielle willing to allow one, if she knows it will show Edwards isn't the babydaddy?) or someone actually tracks the money now funding Rielle back to Edwards or his cronies. I think there's about a 10% chance of that, so odds are, Edwards will be back, baby. Maybe even in the second Obama administration.

  • ||

    Her speech was peppered with New Age jargon-human beings were dragged down by "blockages" to their actual potential; history was the story of souls entering and escaping our field of consciousness.

    "Vito, I think you are blocking."

  • Cindy Lou Hensley ||

    It's become clear to me now what this country truly needs: a president with far, far better taste in floozies.

    Some say I was quite the hottie back in the day.

    And I'm rich, bitch!

  • ||

    R C Dean,

    Aside from this scandal, Edwards also has the letter "L" tattooed on his forehead. I think the Democratic leadership is rightfully scornful about what, if anything, he can bring to the table. Besides, Oprah doesn't need him to seize power.

  • ||

    Paul quotes Mises and that makes him a kook; Edwards quotes The Power of Now [if Rielle was telling the truth in that anecdote] and he's normal. OK.

    In fairness, Paul also warned of the North American Union "conspiracy of ideas" headed by the ubiquitous Trilateral Commission during a nationally televised debate. Edwards at least had the sense to keep his kookiness out of public view.

  • ||

    Edwards at least had the sense to keep his kookiness out of public view.

    Although he was apparently willing to share his kookiness (is that what they're calling it these days?) with Rielle.

  • ||

    I'll go on record predicting that Edwards' comeback will be launched on the death of his wife, with much mawking about how its what she really Wanted For Him, but he held back because he wanted to Spend Time With His Family, Especially In Their Time of Trial.

  • Franklin Harris||

    I suspect Rielle Hunter would have been a lot happier with TV psychic John Edward than with John Edwards.

  • ||

    When Obama bans all other networks, you'll be sorry!

    Eh. Somebody needs to put the "History" Channel out of its misery.

    Next on Modern Marvels: Sippy Cups.

  • Episiarch||

    I suspect Rielle Hunter would have been a lot happier with TV psychic John Edward than with John Edwards.

    Why? They're both exactly the same: snake-oil charlatans that lie like a rug.

  • ||

    John Edward is channeling John Edwards' political career right now.

  • Liberty Is Cool||

    Rielle, my belle, these are words that go together well, my Rielle ...

  • Episiarch||

    John Edward is channeling John Edwards' political career right now.

    I'm contacting someone...the name starts with an "A". No "A"? How about..."B"? "C"? "D"?

  • ||

    I must admit that, for purely sargasmic purposes, I would vote for an Edward/Edwards ticket.

  • ||

    Pro Lib, you're still just mourning the demise of the Warner (D-VA) vs. Warner (R-VA) presidential race.

  • ||

    Ah, yes, the Warner Brothers election. The amazing resurgence of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd during that race in the next closest parallel universe shows what fun we missed out on. Old Man Warner won by a hare.

  • ||

    joe,

    Don't know if you've seen the George Takei is Britney's Baby Daddy posting over at Urkobold, but I have a follow-up comment. My wife saw the posting this weekend and had a WTF moment, frantically searching Google to confirm the story. Heh, heh. As I observed to smacky, that picture of Britney and Takei makes it look true. Heck, maybe it is. . . .

  • ||

    "Oprah Conspiracy" gets 122 Google™ hits. I'm telling you, there is something there. It's being hidden.

    Perhaps Dave W. can ferret it out for us.

  • ||

    And what are Stedman's and Chappelle's roles in this plot?

  • Nigel Watt||

    Rielle, my belle, these are words that go together well, my Rielle ...

    Well, I lolled.

  • ||

    I woulda thought Rielle would have been a natural to join the Raëlians, but it seems the former Ms. Druck pronounces her new name as one would "Riley."

    Perhaps her numerologist insisted on the funky spelling.

    Kevin

  • ||

    Her latest project was John Edwards. Edwards, she said, was an old soul who had barely tapped into any of his potential.

    Sounds like Edwards tapped into plenty of "potential". Or something starting with a "p".

  • ||

    Well, the scandal has been upgraded from a complete bore to being good for a laugh, anyway.

  • cbmclean||

    Have any of you other guys listened to any of Oprah's podcasts involving Eckhart Tolle? My girlfriend was intrigued by some of the points he made in the first couple of episodes about the difference between religion and spirituallity, so she wanted me to listen to them with her. However, neither of us could quite stomach the bat-shit craziness that began to be demonstarted by the second episode. I think the only thing that kept us going was his hypnotic voice.

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