Memo to George Stephanopoulos: Smoking Oregano Isn't a Substitute
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.
Yo, check it out dawg (borrowing from Randy Jackson of American Idol)...
Joe Trippi has already denied the allegation, via Chris Cillizza of WaPO:
"The storyline that a sleeper cell existed within the Edwards campaign that knew the truth [about the candidate's marital indiscretions] and was prepared to wait out the campaign and destroy it if it looked like John Edwards was taking off is exactly what I called it -- fantasyland," Trippi emailed the Fix. "It's a great way in hindsight to sound heroic -- but it isn't true."
In the past three days, I have talked to two former JRE campaign staffers who concurred with Trippi. Today one of them said, "it is total BS."
So George S, unless you can produce the trolls, the joint you're smoking isn't even a real one. Quit smearing former campaign staffers, dude. Many of them have gotten jobs other places, and they are trustworthy. You aren't and you proved it a long time ago when you quit working for the Clintons and penned a kiss and tell. But I guess you are "all too human."