John Edwards Gets “Personal”

Radar has posted an in-depth analysis of potential meaning behind Rielle Hunter’s soundtrack choice—the Dave Matthews Band’s “True Reflections”—for the “webisodes” she filmed for the John Edwards campaign. We appreciate the effort, but given what we now know about the relationship between this particular subject-artist pairing, we don’t think you need to dig any deeper than the dialogue for insights into the former presidential candidate’s psyche—it really does seem to speak for itself!

In the above episode, entitled “Plane Truths,” Edwards lounges on his plane, bantering with his young aids (“If any of these guys aren’t nice to you, you tell me!” he instructs Hunter) about shoe-shopping before asking the camera: “Do you think most people have any idea what we’re doing when we’re not on the stage? All this, everything that we do … do you think most normal Americans have any idea what we do?”

Next, he claims to be having trouble with the casual nature of the videos, explaining: “We train to be careful, to close off if it feels sensitive, to close off if it feels personal. … I’m trying hard, but we’re so conditioned, we’re conditioned to say the same things, we’re conditioned to be political—I can be in the middle of what feels real and authentic and then I get into a little reel in my head, I can see it happening. I think it’s good that you guys are filming all of the time, instead of just when I’m standing in front of a crowd.” John Edwards Gets “Personal”