Reading this excerpt from Halperin and Heileman's book 'Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime'. Right now I'm in the middle of the part about the early Edwards campaign and how he met Rielle Hunter. Of course I immediately find this:
There was nothing legit, however, about Hunter’s behavior. It was freaky, wildly inappropriate, and all too visible. She flirted outlandishly with every man she met. She spouted New Age babble, rambled on about astrology and reincarnation, and announced to people she had just met, “I’m a witch.” But mostly, she fixated on Edwards. She told him that he had “the power to change the world,” that “the people will follow you.” She told him that he could be as great a leader as Gandhi or Martin Luther King Jr. She told him, “You’re so real. You just need to get your staff out of your way.” She reinforced everything he already believed, told him everything he wanted to hear.(My emphasis added.)
Yea, about getting that staff out of your way, John. You should have heeded her advice. You still wouldn't be president now, but you might have a shred of your reputation intact.