I don’t know how and I don’t know why, but someday this guy is going to cross paths with “Ricky Hollywood.” Could be a reality show, could be an infomercial. Could even be a new ad for pistachios. But it’s going to happen. They’re very different in age and lifestyle but at bottom the same: Both shot to fame for reasons no one quite understands, both ended up with surprise offspring thanks to their way with the ladies, and now both are roughly as popular as disease.

One key difference, though? Levi probably would have the good sense not to indulge a flirtatious juror at his own trial — a trial which, do note, has to do with Edwards allegedly using campaign donations to cover up an affair.

What do you say, defense lawyers? Is “juror flirting with my client” a good sign for acquittal or bad?

On Thursday the alternates – three women and one man – caused something of a stir when they showed up in matching bright yellow shirts, hardly bothering to suppress their snickering as the judge addressed the main panel of jurors. Today they are all wearing red…

Since the alternates were identified last Thursday, it has been impossible to ignore the dynamic between Edwards and one of the female alternates, an attractive young woman with jet-black hair, who seems to have been flirting with Edwards for days.

The juror clearly instigated the exchanges. She smiles at him. He smiles at her. She giggles. He blushes.

The flirtation has become so obvious that even Edwards’ attorneys have to work to suppress their laughter at the absurdity of it all.

Politico’s Josh Gerstein tweeted about an hour ago, “Judge at John Edwards trial clears courtroom of press and public to discuss a ‘jury matter’ that has come up”. And there’s your euphemism of the day, my friends.

Sympathy for the devil: Go read Mark Steyn on why John Edwards is a disgrace and the DOJ’s decision to prosecute him is an even bigger disgrace. Quote: “John Edwards lives with the two youngest children of his official government-regulated ‘family image.’ Emma Claire is thirteen and Jack is eleven. They have no mother. For some reason the United States regards it as a priority to see that they be more comprehensively orphaned.”

Update: Since we’re on the topic of randy southern Democrats with national political stature, here’s the story of how Bill Clinton met those two porn stars:

“So we ended up wandering by, and we were gonna approach him, take a picture, and his Secret Service sort of brushed us away, and as we were walking away, Bill actually had the Secret Service guy call us back and come over and hang out,” Lee said.

“It was brief–he’s really, really sweet. I just told him that I loved him, I thought he was a great president, and he just kind of winked and smiled and gave us hugs,” Lee said, describing Clinton as “very sweet and cool about the whole thing.”

The two were uncertain, but hopeful, that Clinton knew who they were–or at least their occupation.

“I kind of feel like he knows,” Lee said. “We hope he likes us and we hope he likes to watch our movies.”

Actual quote from “Tasha Reign”: “I hope this doesn’t hurt his re-election or whatever he’s trying to run for.”