Hmm. WRAL reported that Edwards would publicly admit paternity at some point, but he hasn't actually done it yet , you know? Is he a) getting cold feet about the admission after seeing the nontrivial and hostile coverage the story has been getting; b) waiting until the grand jury clears him, as part of the bury-bad-news-under-good strategy previously suggested in this space ; or c) planning to admit paternity privately but not put out any public admission, leaving the press with rumors and future leaks? The Third Way! ... I have no dog in this hunt--I've already gloated , and I don't think he's going to be Attorney General any time soon--but my guess is still (b). WRAL only said the admission "could come before the end of the criminal investigation." ... You would think at this point that option (c) potentially prolongs the drama during a slow news period. But since most people already think he's the father--it's "old news" in the classic Clinton formulation--then maybe the best PR result for Edwards is if the truth about any admission sort of dribbles out over the next few weeks. ... If past Edwards performance is a guide, the one option that won't be considered is telling the truth unembalmed in a thick layer of narcissistic dissembling . ... 2:27 P.M.