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The Unquiet Indignity of Rielle Hunter

Three weeks ago, Newsweak published an article headlined: “The Quiet Dignity of Rielle Hunter: John Edwards’s mistress has been surprisingly silent in public.” It included this observation:

And yet, for two years, she has behaved with more public dignity than any other figure in the Edwards scandal. In fact, she acted with more discipline and discretion than any mistress in the recent history of sex scandals.

Today, we learn that the dignified, disciplined, and discreet Ms. Hunter has broken her silence:

Now, though, she’s talking, in an extensive new GQ interview obtained by The Washington Post. It’s a doozy. … The nearly 10,000-word Q&A is accompanied by photos of Hunter styled as Jennifer Aniston might be for a glossy mag: Glowing skin, blond hair, curled on a bed in a white shirt and strand of pearls, bare-legged with a glimpse of panties.

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.

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