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The Democratic Ticket and the John Edwards Affair

My new column in The Hill is up. 

There’s been a lot of talk lately that former Sen. John Edwards will have some sort of role in the Obama administration, if there is one.

A few months ago, Edwards, the Democratic party’s 2004 vice-presidential candidate, seemed to pull himself out of the VP race.  But then, a couple of weeks ago, Edwards quietly put himself back in, telling National Public Radio, “I’m prepared to seriously consider anything, anything [Obama] asks me to do for our country.”

“Anything” could, of course, mean running for vice president.  But Edwards has done that before, and he didn’t exactly put Sen. John Kerry over the top.

Of course, “anything” could also mean serving as Obama’s attorney general, a position that has been mentioned for the former trial lawyer from North Carolina.

In any event, Edwards has shaped up as someone to watch should Democrats win in November.

But now, there’s another reason to watch: an extensive story in the National Enquirer providing new evidence that Edwards, in the midst of his presidential campaign, had an extramarital affair that has, perhaps, resulted in a child.

Byron York is a former White House correspondent for National Review.

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