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Cancer-stricken wife keeps Edwards on the campaign trail (Somebody's gotta do it)
The Times ^ | March 27, 2007 | Tom Baldwin in Washington

Posted on 03/27/2007 6:38:40 AM PDT by DBCJR

Elizabeth Edwards has linked the outpouring of sympathy for her battle against cancer with the campaign for the presidency being waged by her husband, John.

Yesterday she proudly compared efforts to galvanise grassroots activists to the support that she had received from thousands of ordinary Americans since announcing last week that her cancer had come back.

In what was billed as a nonpolitical speech to the Cleveland City Club in Ohio, Mrs Edwards ... said that it would be “entirely legitimate” for Americans to judge that he is putting ambition ahead of family by running for president even though his wife has incurable cancer.

The Democrat contender for the White House insists that all he can do is try to persuade voters that he is running for the right reason...

But on the internet there are signs of cynicism, even a backlash. “John Edwards announces that his slowly dying campaign will not be rushed by his slowly dying wife”, ...

“Watch Edwards milk this for every tear, vote and advantage like the oily personal-injury attorney he is,” was a comment posted by a right-wing blogger on Free Republic.

In a CBS 60 Minutes interview broadcast on Sunday night, Mr Edwards was asked if he was capitalising on his wife’s illness.

...Mrs Edwards also defended their decision to carry on with the campaign, saying that she could not live with the idea that “I’d taken out this fine man from the possibility of giving a great service — I don’t want that to be my legacy”.

Pollsters and strategists remain uncertain as to how her illness will affect the race ... Professor Elizabeth Nehren, of Boston University, predicted that he will lose support among women voters who see his decision as “callous and selfish”...

(Excerpt) Read more at timesonline.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: cancer; edwards; elizabeth; john
What a crock, "billed as a nonpolitical speech"! Making allegorical parallels between the support she is getting and the grassroots support she is drumming up for her husband's campaign fits well with his trial lawyer sympathy milking tactics. It is stommach turning.

Positive note: Freepers are quoted seeing through the syrup. You ARE making a difference!

Question: Where is the discussion - and the example - of a terminal mother showing the children she will leave behind how to cope with sever life challenges? Is the example we learn from one of not acknowledging one's reality? If so, can this be extended to foreign affairs? Like not acknowledging Islamo-fascit terrorist threat and withdrawing troops? What do we learn from the Edwards in this?

1 posted on 03/27/2007 6:38:41 AM PDT by DBCJR
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To: DBCJR

Shoot, no wonder. He doesn't want to hear her whining about radiation and chemo. He has people to listen to her.

And the hair in the shower drain. Eww. Eww.


2 posted on 03/27/2007 6:41:49 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: DBCJR

The worst comment the Edwards' made to Katie Couric's interview, in my opinion, was the rehearsed answer to her query about their children. They said they wanted their children to be able "to fly"...something straight from a sappy Hallmark card. Katie said something to the effect that at ages SIX and EIGHT, she thought they were a little young to fly on their own. Their attitude almost implied that their adopted children were photo ops and props, to be used when needed.


3 posted on 03/27/2007 6:45:27 AM PDT by kittymyrib
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To: DBCJR

No way he can concentrate on his duties as president with a sick and dying wife. If the man (and I use the term loosely) had a shred of integrity, he's quit the campaign trail and spent the time with his wife. But ambulance chaser that he is, he's already demonstrated that he has none.


4 posted on 03/27/2007 6:49:53 AM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: DBCJR

“I’d taken out this fine man from the possibility of giving a great service — I don’t want that to be my legacy”.


...sounds like a winning legacy all the way around! These people are not in this to "help" this country or to "help" the "working class", as they claim. They're in this for one reason...THE EDWARDS!! These fake, sick, SOB's make me want to puke!


5 posted on 03/27/2007 6:52:54 AM PDT by albie
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To: DBCJR

Just another example of the -ME- generation putting the kids last.


6 posted on 03/27/2007 6:52:58 AM PDT by aimhigh
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To: DBCJR

Does this mean that if Edwards is elected that his wife will be the actual POTUS?


7 posted on 03/27/2007 6:54:14 AM PDT by BuffaloJack
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To: kittymyrib

The Edwards have used and continue to use their kids for their own political gain.....the Edwards are despicable bottom feeders....


8 posted on 03/27/2007 6:54:32 AM PDT by auto power
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To: kittymyrib

*sigh*

Their kids are NOT adopted. They were conceived late in life after the death of their son.


9 posted on 03/27/2007 6:55:00 AM PDT by Qwertrew (If you're new to the internet, CLICK HERE.)
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To: DBCJR
“Watch Edwards milk this for every tear, vote and advantage like the oily personal-injury attorney he is,” was a comment posted by a right-wing blogger on Free Republic.

Gee, no resentment THERE! The Freeper is right, IMHO.

10 posted on 03/27/2007 6:57:22 AM PDT by NRA1995 (Hillary sings like Granny Clampett auditioning for "American Idol")
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To: kittymyrib

"The worst comment the Edwards' made to Katie Couric's interview, in my opinion, was the rehearsed answer to her query about their children. They said they wanted their children to be able "to fly"...something straight from a sappy Hallmark card. Katie said something to the effect that at ages SIX and EIGHT, she thought they were a little young to fly on their own. Their attitude almost implied that their adopted children were photo ops and props, to be used when needed."

Considering Katie's own experiences with her own husband dying and her own children's pain, I suspect it took every bit in her to not turn on this liberal.


11 posted on 03/27/2007 7:06:04 AM PDT by DBCJR (What would you expect?)
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To: kittymyrib

their children are not adopted


12 posted on 03/27/2007 7:15:17 AM PDT by silverleaf (Fasten your seat belts- it's going to be a BUMPY ride.)
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To: auto power

I agree with your sentiments exactly.


13 posted on 03/27/2007 8:09:25 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Qwertrew

couldn't resist?


14 posted on 03/27/2007 8:50:44 AM PDT by TrebleRebel
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To: Qwertrew

Another selfish decision. These kids were born when she was old enough to be a grandmother. Let me ask you if you really think this women took care of these two babies. The children were conceived for polical reasons. Elizabeth could not be more of a stepford wife. DISGUSTING, DISGUSTING people.


15 posted on 03/27/2007 9:30:15 AM PDT by Patriotic Bostonian
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To: AppyPappy

That is a horrific thing to say about losing her hair in the shower drain. I've had a lot of close relatives die from cancer and it's not something to make fun of. I hope YOU never get cancer. You should be ashamed of yourself,but I doubt if you are.


16 posted on 03/27/2007 10:05:18 AM PDT by Mittens (If you can't speak the English language,then stay the he** out!)
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To: Mittens

Is it hard being holier than everyone else? I've never tried it.


17 posted on 03/27/2007 10:20:10 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Patriotic Bostonian

I couldn't care less who took care of those kids, they're not mine, and I don't expect to be consulted when people make such personal decisions. But if we're going to pat ourselves on the backs here at FR for having opinions based on facts (read over your previous post), then we better base them on ACCURATE FACTS.


18 posted on 03/27/2007 10:30:31 AM PDT by Qwertrew (If you're new to the internet, CLICK HERE.)
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To: TrebleRebel

Venting anger wherever I can.


19 posted on 03/27/2007 10:31:14 AM PDT by Qwertrew (If you're new to the internet, CLICK HERE.)
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To: AppyPappy

Your post was offensive. I am still hurting from losing loved ones from cancer,watching them lose their hair....then their lives. If that makes me "holier than thou" then I am GUILTY AS CHARGED.


20 posted on 03/27/2007 10:32:10 AM PDT by Mittens (If you can't speak the English language,then stay the he** out!)
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To: Qwertrew

OK, I know this is not my business, but the subject of the children keeps coming up. Also, the notion that they were adopted, which I know is false.

But, biologically something is out of sync here. Elizabeth Edwards is 57 years old. She had these two children at the advanced ages of 49 and 51 years. I know and understand how a woman can carry a child at that age with the help of hormone injections to prepare the womb and also the probability of in vitro fertilization. The question I have is: are these children the result of Elizabeth's eggs/ovum or were they donated by a younger fertile woman? That is the big question. Although it's none of our concern, I do wonder whether women who are 49-51 years can produce healthy ovum. Can this be possible? I am really curious about this.

Again, it is just a biological question. I am not judging their decision to have more children after losing their 15-year old son in 1995.


21 posted on 03/27/2007 10:41:26 AM PDT by Gumdrop
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To: Gumdrop

How the Edwards children were conceived is not important. Whether the parents, after such a devastating loss, chose to adopt or use donor eggs does not matter. There is nothing wrong with older couples choosing to raise children if they can provide for them.

The question that needs to be discussed here instead of gossip about how they were conceived is: Are the kids being thrown to the wolves now by this campaign while their mother struggles for her life? And is Edwards doing the right thing for the country while doing the wrong thing for his precious children?


22 posted on 03/27/2007 10:47:52 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Qwertrew

I realize you don't give a damn about these kids. Edwards and his stepford wife should be nominated for parents of the year. Your remarks are disgusting also.


23 posted on 03/27/2007 11:15:30 AM PDT by Patriotic Bostonian
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To: Patriotic Bostonian

:)))


27 posted on 03/27/2007 1:04:01 PM PDT by Qwertrew (If you're new to the internet, CLICK HERE.)
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To: metmom

Unless he doesn't really love her but found her a nice prop for his ambitions. I am truly hoping for the best for her, but his actions fail to impress me.


28 posted on 03/27/2007 1:12:25 PM PDT by Dante3
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