A new set of subpoenas have been issued in the ongoing investigation of former Senator John Edwards. A North Carolina grand jury continues to look into the fashion in which Edwards's mistress, Rielle Hunter was sheltered and paid off by the Edwards campaign. It's been a while since this has been news, so politics watchers are intrigued by this new development.

  • Shows Investigation Still Active  These subpoenas, the News Observer points out in its coverage, "indicate signs of life for an investigation that hasn't publicly shown activity for a year." Rielle Hunter and former aide Andrew Young "testified before a grand jury a year ago. ... Young says he testified about vast sums of money that changed hands to help keep Hunter in hiding."
  • What Will the Charges Be?  It's unclear, says Politico's Ben Smith, "but they're likely connected to disclosure. A lawyer points out to me that hush money, properly reported, would probably be legal."
  • And at Whom Will They Be Directed?  Jeralyn at Talk Left is curious: "So, who's under investigation now? It can't be Fred Baron [Edwards's campaign manager] since he's no longer alive. Is it John Edwards...or Rielle Hunter and/or Andrew Young and his wife?"
  • Let's Step Back for a Second  "Subpoenas Issued In Edwards Campaign Cash For Concubine Investigation," blares conservative blogger Dan Riehl by way of a headline. "Next," he snorts, "they'll be beginning a search for class, character and honesty."
  • Edwards's Recovery Plan?  Barry Saunders of the Raleigh News & Observer imagines with dread the moment when it's all over and John Edwards can mount his public comeback. If "Gov. Eliot Spitzer can get his own show, then surely Edwards can rebound from his monumental fall from grace." Citing Dancing With the Stars as a vehicle to "overcome disgrace," Saunders suggests that the "first thing [Edwards] needs to learn to do if he's planning a re-emergence" is learn how to dance.