Elizabeth Edwards: Can You Believe It's HER Fault??????
By socrates on August 30, 2008
Elizabeth Edwards is "complicit" in her famous (or infamous) husband's extra-marital affair and the prolonged coverup that followed. She did it, say some Democratic Party leaders, to protect his political career and her own. She is as guilty as he is, some "dedicated Democrats" charge, as reported by the Associated Press.
That's a new twist on the tired old cliche that, if the husband strays, it's the wife's fault; it's because she isn't satisfying him that he has to seek another woman (or women). One blogger even posted the comment, "No wonder these guys cheat. Look at what a bunch of muts their wives are."
One Democrat responding to the story in the New York Daily News about John Edwards' affair with Rielle Hunter, a campaign staffer, with the statement "Elizabeth fits the mold of most political wives, who sell their souls for the chance to measure curtains for the Lincoln Bedroom". His argument was that Elizabeth learned of her husband's affair with Hunter back in 2006, that she should have divorced John and prevented him from seeking the Democratic nomination for the presidency.
Another blamed the Clintons because it was the National Enquirer that broke the blockbuster story about Edwards' tryst. He alleged that the "Clintons are part of an investment company that has ownership of the Enquirer."
A Democratic consultant in North Carolina labelled Mrs. Edwards "complicit". He said, "Obviously, she knew. While she's the victim, she clearly didn't stand in the way of the coverup."
While Elizabeth Edwards attempted to explain her actions and reactions, pleading for privacy, and calling her husband "an imperfect man" who was seeking to redeem himself, the responses to her online explanations were surprisingly mixed. One would think, even expect, that a woman with an incurable cancer, with two young children to care for, and with an unfaithful husband who has just destroyed his political career would be an magnet for strong sympathy and deep empathy.
And to some extent, responses to her on the Daily Kos could be so described.
Some responses, however, were not so kind. These were described generally by the Associated Press (AP) as suggesting "that keeping the secret was no less a sin than the one committed by the philandering husband."
What if Edwards had gotten the nomination?, they asked. What if his affair had then been discovered (after he won the nomination)? That would have destroyed the party! Keeping his affair a secret posed a "titanic risk," one wrote. She was guilty of "reckless endangerment of the party!" another added.
"So now he is beneath contempt but Elizabeth is a martyr," wrote one politico to the New York Daily News . "Well I've got news for anyone that pities her that way. She is as guilty as him in one important way. She let him run without blowing the whistle even though she knew that if the affair came out it would wreck the dem party."
He went on: "If she didn't want to blow the whistle herself, she could have had" one of his aides blow it for her.
"It seems an odd way to treat a woman with incurable cancer wronged by a cheating husband, the latest in a series of deep hardships in life that includes the death of a teenage son," the AP reporter commented.
And Elizabeth's shunning by Democratic leaders continues.
She had been expected to play a prominent role at the Democratic Party Convention in Denver. That didn't happen.
An avid student of health care issues and a spokesman for health care policies, Elizabeth had been praised by Barack Obama for her expertise in that area. She would be "partnering" with him on health care issues, Obama announced last June. Yet when Obama recently visited North Carolina, she was not invited to appear with him or consult with him. He did not even mention her name.
It's got to hurt.
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