March 22, 2007, - 12:06 pm

Cancer & John Edwards

By Debbie Schlussel
If your spouse is seriously sick from cancer–and it sounds like John Edwards’ wife truly is–you do the right thing, drop out of the Presidential race (or at least suspend your campaign), and be with her to fight the fight.
But, if your spouse is fighting the fight of her life against a returning cancer, and you stay in the race–as Edwards announced today he is doing–then, it looks like nothing more then brazen politics with no heart. Unfortunately, many Americans–gullible as they are–might see otherwise and have their heartstrings pulled by this man who claims he’s staying in the race for his wife.
I feel sorry for John Edwards’ wife. I wish her well. But his staying in the race and using it as a campaign tactic is reprehensible. And, sad as it is, this manipulation is nothing new to John Edwards. The Buffalo News did a whole story on this (in which I was quoted) back in October of last year.
As I wrote then:

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Breast cancer is a devastating, frequently fatal disease–which also strikes men. But, the fact is that John Edwards’ multi-millions in lawsuit verdicts contributed greatly to the cost of health care for the rest of us in America. The average woman doesn’t have the gazillions Mrs. Edwards does to get every treatment (several NOT covered by HMOs) available that the rest of us can’t afford. Her husbands’ lawsuits didn’t make those treatments more possible for the rest of us. Nope, those lawsuits made effective treatment more expensive and less available.
Don’t be fooled by this smokescreen book and John Edwards’ pronouncements on Oprah about his and his wife’s fight against breast cancer. When it comes to your fight, he made America’s women more vulnerable.
And so do the thousands of other medical malpractice plaintiffs’ lawyers like him around America who voted for him and gave generously to his and Kerry’s campaigns.

Adn that’s the bottom line. Watch for more John Edwards Oprah appearances in the future.
The man–any real man–should have gotten out of the race to be with his wife.

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Or you could be a REAL man like Newt and divorce the bitch.

EminemsRevenge on March 22, 2007 at 12:17 pm

And, yet, the brainless American female voter (the caliber who watch “Ofrah” and “The View From The Garbage Barrel”) will still vote for this manipulator because of his looks.

Thee_Bruno on March 22, 2007 at 12:18 pm

I think its a campaign tactic. The ole “have sympathy for me and family by voting for me”. I mean I hope she makes a recovery but at the end of the day this is all about politics. Just like the “Global Warming” agenda Al Gore is pushing. He says he wont run but I know thats a lie. He’ll come up with some type of reason to enter race using “Global Warming” as his ticket. I bet Al Gore is doing a lot to stop “Global Warming” by flying in his gas guzzling environment polluting “PRIVATE JET”.:-)

the_don on March 22, 2007 at 12:22 pm

So a presidential race is more important than the wife’s fight against cancer?
This man is a piece of shit, plain and simple. He’ll never win.

Squirrel3D on March 22, 2007 at 12:22 pm

If you can channel dead children during a trial then staying in the Presidential sweepstakes when your wife is fighting for her life is small beer.
It’s clear that there are two America’s. I’m glad I don’t live in John Edwards’ America. I wonder if Mrs. Edwards can get an exit Visa?

Curly Smith on March 22, 2007 at 1:08 pm

I also wish Mrs. Edwards the best. With that said, if I were John Edwards, I would have dropped out. I’m not saying that because I think he’s a loser politician, I sincerely think that. I cringed when he said that well we can either go on with our lives or hide in a corner. Running for President is probably one of the most stressful things to endure, that can’t have a good effect on someone who is trying to manage cancer..now that it has been said that she won’t be getting any better :( .
So right about now, I think my thoughts on john edwards were correct before, he’s pretty selfish and stupid.
Oh and people need to see the difference in the right vs. the left. The left wished Cheney dead on their blogs, the right wish Mrs. Edwards life. Pathetic loony leftists.

Highrise on March 22, 2007 at 2:24 pm

“I’m not saying that because I think he’s a loser politician, I sincerely think that.”
Oops I meant to finish that sentence. I sincerely think that it is a bad choice to run when a family member has an illness such as hers.

Highrise on March 22, 2007 at 2:26 pm

He won’t drop out of the race because he knows Al Gore is tailgating him,Obama and Clinton.And only Al Gore can be the hero of the world and save us all from our impending doom called “Global Warming”. Oh the horror-

the_don on March 22, 2007 at 2:39 pm

Who are the conservative breast cancer survivors?
For starters, Laura Ingraham.

Jeremiah on March 22, 2007 at 2:47 pm

from Webster’s dictionary-
VAIN: 1.having no real value or significance;
worthless,empty,hollow,etc.
2.without force or effect;futile,fruitless,having
or showing an excessively high regard for one’s
self,looks possessions,ability,etc.,indulging in or
resulting from personal vanity;conceited.
or watch this…
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2AE847UXu3Q
Poor Ms. Edward’s is very,very sick & is probably
in or past stage #4 cancer…end game is terrible
to think about.It’s unconscionable for this extremely self-centered S.O.B. to stay in the race
for Prez.THIS TELL’s US ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT
HIS CHARACTER!!!

billybob on March 22, 2007 at 3:35 pm

I’m going to have to give that girly narcissist the benefit of the doubt and guess that he and Elizabeth are in denial. It’s not like he’s even a serious candidate and he would abandon her to go campaign. That says it all.

lexi on March 22, 2007 at 3:48 pm

I’m going to withhold judgment on this one and assume that he and his wife discussed this with each other before he made any decisions. If she came out publicly and announced that she felt deserted because of his decision, that’d be something different. For all we know, he could have offered to drop out to be with her, and she rejected the idea. We just don’t know enough of what their thought process was.

Dan on March 22, 2007 at 6:05 pm

HIS LUST for power is tremendous├ľand Elizabeth has become├ľ expendible ~

The Canadien on March 22, 2007 at 6:32 pm

What I want to know is why is this a major story?
Why do we have to know his wife has cancer and he is staying in the race?
If he was dropping out because of his wife I’d understand. But, what’s the point of announcing he’s staying despite his wife’s cancer?
How cynical and blatantly pathetic and manipulative.

The_Man on March 22, 2007 at 7:34 pm

What is this guy thinking? This just shows the world what his Priorities are. Pathetic!

OneIrishJew on March 22, 2007 at 11:07 pm

I think there is a lot more to this situation than meets the eye but I’ll just say that she really wants to please her husband IMO, possibly sacrificing herself. It’s a very odd situation. It really shows how shallow he is. Can you imagine being so ambitious and such a narcissist that you won’t quit the race even if your wife is very ill? Agree with the posters who said this is all we need to know about him.

CarpeDiem on March 22, 2007 at 11:47 pm

Not saying that you’re wrong about Edwards’ motives and how bad he really is, but a lot of you do seem to be jumping all over him for something that you can’t possibly know the details of that well. I just wonder how people on here would be reacting if a Republican made a similar decision. I suspect you’d be far more respectful of the choices he made relating to his family.
Just sayin’.

Dan on March 23, 2007 at 10:08 pm

I agree with Dan. I don’t care for John Edwards politically, but I believe that none of us are qualified to make a judgment here. They clearly have a longterm, happy marriage and have weathered many tragedies and trials together, so surely they know what is best for them and their family. Sometimes people facing difficult trials such as a terminal illness want more than anything else to live life fully and to live it as if they were entirely healthy. Perhaps that is Elizabeth Edward’s wish. Also, even though bone cancer is very serious, we really do not know her prognosis. It’s not as if she is on her death bed right now, people. The doctors may have told her that with treatment, she has many more years left, and so why should you all expect them to just roll up right now and sit by the bed waiting for her to die?
Debbie, I agree with you 99% of the time, but I don’t think it’s right to pile judgments like this on top of someone already going through a hard time. There is no evidence that John Edwards treats his wife shabbily so I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt this time.

AmericanJewess on March 24, 2007 at 12:58 pm

Waaaaaaaaaaaaa, just let the bitch die of cancer. When she’s on her death bed suckling air in maybe she and Tony Snow could suck each other off. Both suck and both’ll swallow.
God, I’m an asshole

KOAJaps on March 26, 2007 at 4:04 pm

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