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Edwards Exploited Son's Death, Not Coulter

Posted on 06/27/2007 8:13:46 AM PDT by Def Conservative

For those of you attacking Ann Coulter for bringing up John Edwards' son's death, some perspective:

From Front Page News Edwards' public success spotlights son's death

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Used it again at the end of 2003 in his own piece, Four Trials

Scroll down to the bottom.

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Running for his son: Teen's death changed Edwards' life

Here is the Edwards press machine making it an issue in 2004, acting as if they are finally opening up about it...but they were on record as talking about it in 2001....

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Here again, in 2005, Edwards pretends he's finally opening up about his son's death in a Chicago Tribune article:

Throughout his campaign for president and then vice president in 2004, former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina made it clear that the death of his teenage son in a car accident was off-limits, not for discussion in a political context.

But now his wife, Elizabeth, has sent an e-mail to supporters voicing a connection she shares with Cindy Sheehan, the mother of a soldier killed in Iraq. As Sheehan was camped near President Bush's Texas ranch, protesting the war, Edwards called on her own family's backers to support Sheehan.

And, in a departure from a campaign-trail silence that the Edwardses kept about the death of their 16-year-old son, Wade, Elizabeth Edwards noted that Sheehan's son, Casey, 24, died in Iraq eight years to the day after her own son.

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Here the Edwards are again in 2006, using it with Oprah and her dimwitted audience:

Book saves memory of son, Edwards tells Oprah ******************* Here's John again, finally opening up about his son's death (HOW MANY TIMES CAN YOU FINALLY OPEN UP!?!?!?)

Edwards Opens Up About Son He Lost

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The Edwards campaign site loves to bring it up also:

A Tribute To Wade Edwards

Here again,The Story I Am

Here, the Edwards' blog suggest the way to honor their dead son is to vote for John Edwards: Here again,Getting Young People To Vote

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Its funny how Wade Edwards manages to make it into the political arena whenever John Edwards is running for something....


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KEYWORDS: anncoulter; coulter; edwards; elizabeth; john
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1 posted on 06/27/2007 8:13:55 AM PDT by Def Conservative
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To: Def Conservative

Sell those books, Ann.
Maybe you’ll get an HBO special like Maher.


2 posted on 06/27/2007 8:15:38 AM PDT by griswold3
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To: Def Conservative

Edwards is a disgusting phoney. Not only did he exploit his son’s death, he did it again recently with his wife’s cancer. Once an ambulance chasing trial attorney.....Well, you get the idea.


3 posted on 06/27/2007 8:16:29 AM PDT by Old Retired Army Guy
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To: Def Conservative

Yesterday was hilarious. Is he going to sic his mommy on the next mean commentator that hurts his feelings?

If he can’t deal with Ann Coulter himself, how can he deal with the likes of bin Laden, Chavez, or the rest of their ilk?


4 posted on 06/27/2007 8:16:38 AM PDT by Dreagon
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To: Def Conservative

I suspect a lot of people are really upset over her comment about Frd Thompson.


5 posted on 06/27/2007 8:16:38 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: Def Conservative

bttt


6 posted on 06/27/2007 8:17:30 AM PDT by GOPJ (When you rob Peter to pay Paul, you can count on Paul's support -12 million new Pauls)
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To: Def Conservative
It's OK for Bill Maher to say it but not Ann Coulter?

"If I'm going to say anything about John Edwards in the future, I'll just wish he had been killed in a terrorist assassination plot," Coulter said Monday, picking up on remarks made by HBO's Bill Maher. Maher suggested in March that "people wouldn't be dying needlessly" if Vice President Dick Cheney had been killed in an insurgent attack in Afghanistan.

7 posted on 06/27/2007 8:19:13 AM PDT by mjp (Live & let live. I don't want to live in Mexico, Marxico, or Muslimico. Statism & high taxes suck.)
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To: cripplecreek

People who get upset over her comments have too much time on their hands.


8 posted on 06/27/2007 8:19:19 AM PDT by steve8714 ("A man needs a maid", my ass.)
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To: steve8714
People who get upset over her comments have too much time on their hands.

Gotta agree there.
9 posted on 06/27/2007 8:21:05 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: cripplecreek

Must have missed it - what did she say about Fred?


10 posted on 06/27/2007 8:21:27 AM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: Inspectorette

She called him “our Obama”.


11 posted on 06/27/2007 8:23:40 AM PDT by cripplecreek (Greed is NOT a conservative ideal.)
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To: Def Conservative

Mrs. Edwards and Cindy share several other characteristics as well. For one they’re both moonbats.


12 posted on 06/27/2007 8:23:45 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: Old Retired Army Guy; Def Conservative
I’m no fan of the Breck girl, and I agree that he’s appeared to use his family's tribulation to advance himself but Coulter’s remark about him displaying an “Ask Me About My Son” bumper sticker on his car is out of bounds. Coulter hurts more than helps conservative interests with her strident and acerbic tongue. She's fast becoming the Michael Moore of the Republican party.
13 posted on 06/27/2007 8:23:51 AM PDT by meandog (Bush--proving himself again and again to be the best friend the Dems have EVER had!)
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To: Def Conservative

Coulter is right on this issue. BUMP


14 posted on 06/27/2007 8:24:21 AM PDT by indcons (Islamic Religious Services Will Be Held at the Firing Range At 0800 Daily.)
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To: cripplecreek

Interesting. I can see why the FRedheads would be upset. Sen. Thompson is no madrasa-educated, America-hating muslim. His middle name ain’t Hussein either.


15 posted on 06/27/2007 8:26:32 AM PDT by indcons (Islamic Religious Services Will Be Held at the Firing Range At 0800 Daily.)
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To: Dreagon

“If he can’t deal with Ann Coulter himself, how can he deal with the likes of bin Laden, Chavez, or the rest of their ilk?”

He can’t deal because he’s such a FAG! Oh crap, guess I’ll be hearing from Mrs. Fag! :]


16 posted on 06/27/2007 8:26:36 AM PDT by 007girl
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To: Old Retired Army Guy
Or howzabout Al-gore using his sister’s death in 2000 to trumpet the evils of “big tobacco?” Hmmm...a pattern on the part of the Socialists in the ‘Rat party.
17 posted on 06/27/2007 8:29:09 AM PDT by quark
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To: meandog
"Coulter’s remark about him displaying an “Ask Me About My Son” bumper sticker on his car is out of bounds."

I never heard what Coulter supposedly said about the son - is this it? It sounds more like a comment about Edwards than about the son. But I agree that Coulter is often counter-productive.
18 posted on 06/27/2007 8:30:01 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle ("Above all, shake your bum at Burton.")
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To: cripplecreek
Well, she's a Duncan Hunter fan, and while I agree that Duncan would be a great president, he just doesn't have the numbers.

Fred can WIN (hopefully he'll pick Duncan as his VP).

19 posted on 06/27/2007 8:33:44 AM PDT by Inspectorette
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To: cripplecreek

I missed that one, what did she say?


20 posted on 06/27/2007 8:34:18 AM PDT by stm (Fred Thompson in 08! Return our country to the era of Reagan Conservatism)
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To: meandog

“Coulter’s remark about him displaying an “Ask Me About My Son” bumper sticker on his car is out of bounds.”

Coulters comment was dead on accurate and thats why he’s whining. People around here need to show a little more backbone and stick up for people like Ann when they tell the truth, or we will run out of truthtellers. And they are already rare.


21 posted on 06/27/2007 8:36:28 AM PDT by Dreagon
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To: Def Conservative

Great post, thanks for reminding the Coulter Bashers.


22 posted on 06/27/2007 8:36:34 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: meandog

yeah, I never thought I would grow tired of Ann but I am approaching that point. She’s has a great mind but her delivery is just awful. I can’t even watch her on a split screen debate anymore because she just huffs and rolls her eyes the entire time.


23 posted on 06/27/2007 8:36:46 AM PDT by chad_in_georgia
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To: Def Conservative; All
I just heard a news tease/blurb down here on WIOD in Broward County Florida. They only played one blurb.... a blurb where Ann is saying: 'OK, I'll just wish that Edwards gets blown up by a terrorist'. That was it. They played it on purpose to give the impression that she made that up on the top of her head.....when she was mimicking what Bill Maher said about Cheney (Maher said we'd be better off if Cheney got blown up by terrorists) (something like that).

I wrote the station and told them that they won't get the reaction out of me that they wanted (to hate Ann COulter even more) because I was not a dumb Democrat and looked up the whole context/story. If you want to write to this news station (they are the ones where the commissioner didn't want the hurricane notices played) then here are their emails addresses:
newsradio610@ccmiami.com; kbrady@ccmiami.com; kencharles@clearchannel.com; lorishepard@clearchannel.com; webmaster@ccmiami.com; kcerenzia@ccmiami.com

PLease let them know that you know what Ann meant when she said that..that you know the whole story and don't appreciate their agenda of trying to trash her on half stories.

24 posted on 06/27/2007 8:37:49 AM PDT by Fawn (If it wasn't for FR, I'd be having an Existential MELTDOWN..............right now)
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To: Dreagon
People around here need to show a little more backbone and stick up for people like Ann when they tell the truth, or we will run out of truthtellers.

Some would just as soon roll over and pee themselvs than comfront the Christian, Conservative & Republican attackers.

25 posted on 06/27/2007 8:39:11 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: 007girl

Not a fag, a faggot. Please, when Ann uses colorful words she knows the depth of meaning ... fag is a limp-wristed male homosexual, faggot is something Edwards fits, a girly man.


26 posted on 06/27/2007 8:46:17 AM PDT by MHGinTN (You've had life support. Promote life support for those in the womb.)
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To: Steve_Seattle; Dreagon; chad_in_georgia
I never heard what Coulter supposedly said about the son - is this it?

Yeah, supposedly she made a joke about it a couple of years ago...that is what Mrs. Edwards was upset about. Instead poking fun at what must have been grief for the Edwards's, Ann could have legitimately gone after someone like Rosie O'Donnel exploiting her child and made a good case: click here

27 posted on 06/27/2007 8:46:28 AM PDT by meandog (Bush--proving himself again and again to be the best friend the Dems have EVER had!)
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To: Dreagon
Coulters comment was dead on accurate and thats why he’s whining. People around here need to show a little more backbone and stick up for people like Ann when they tell the truth, or we will run out of truthtellers. And they are already rare.

Freepers are 'up' on the News and political spectrum. We understand what she is saying and the sarcasm and comparisons she spouts.
But..
The vast majority of folks in the Country don't follow politics or in depth News.
They see her comments and cringe, completely oblivious to what or why she says it.

I love Ann but sometimes she makes me cringe.

28 posted on 06/27/2007 8:50:48 AM PDT by Vinnie (You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Jihads You)
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To: Def Conservative
If someone who lost a relative in 9/11 talks about supporting the Iraq war, many people cheer "someone who gets it." If someone who lost a relative in 9/11 talks about opposing the Iraq war they are "exploiting" their tragedy. The double standard is transparent.

The is nothing wrong with the Edwards' discussion how the death of their son changed their lives and I'm a little ashamed to share a country with people who think that poking fun at their tragedy is somehow acceptable "political" speech.

My wife is a hospital chaplain and just finished a rotation on the neo-natal ICU. Every day she had to bring spiritual comfort to people who had lost a child, or help parents wrestle with end-of-life issues for a baby that was never going to make it out of the hospital.

Some days she would come home and I'd have to hold her as she sobbed and we'd pray for her to find the strength to go back the next day and do it again. No one who has been touched by the death of a child would ever tell a parent that they weren't allowed to speak about how that loss changed their lives — whether or not that parent was running for political office.

Ann was over the line.

29 posted on 06/27/2007 8:51:53 AM PDT by Mr. Know It All (Term Limits: Stop us before we vote again!)
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To: Mr. Know It All

“No one who has been touched by the death of a child would ever tell a parent that they weren’t allowed to speak about how that loss changed their lives — whether or not that parent was running for political office.”

Exactly. Nobody who loses a child is ever the same person again.


30 posted on 06/27/2007 8:57:20 AM PDT by gracesdad
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To: Def Conservative

I guess this makes him a “Victim”


31 posted on 06/27/2007 8:57:24 AM PDT by PEACE ENFORCER (The U.S. Constitution has been Reduced to a Meaningless Document.)
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To: meandog
How can you shame a man who “channels” dead people for his jury summations. The man knows no shame, otherwise he wouldn’t be running yet again for an office he will never hold. I think Ann’s remarks are funny. Why are we letting the PC crowd tell us what to think of Ann?

Edwards having his kids’ mommy call in to stand up for him is pathetic.

32 posted on 06/27/2007 8:57:33 AM PDT by tioga (Fred Thompson for President.)
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To: Def Conservative

AMEN, thanks


33 posted on 06/27/2007 8:57:57 AM PDT by fooman (Get real with Kim Jung Mentally Ill about proliferation)
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To: MHGinTN

Oops, my bad! :]


34 posted on 06/27/2007 8:58:00 AM PDT by 007girl
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To: cripplecreek
She called him “our Obama”.

That says a lot more about many Republicans' reaction to him than it does about Fred.

35 posted on 06/27/2007 8:59:05 AM PDT by Bob
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To: Def Conservative
Why...you can't say anything about the hypocrisy of Mrs. Edwards, she has cancer and her son died. /s

This has Jersey Girls written all over it.

36 posted on 06/27/2007 9:01:32 AM PDT by eyedigress
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To: 007girl

Incidentally, campaigning for her faggot husband is giving meaning to life for Mrs. Faggot. I can pray she will be cured of her cancer, but not be cured of her blindness where Mr. Faggot is concerned ... don’t want to pray for a maariage to end if she awakens to see the Faggot for what he is, an empty shell of deceptions preened on the surface to hide the vacuousness inside. That woman deserves better after suffering so much.


37 posted on 06/27/2007 9:09:04 AM PDT by MHGinTN (You've had life support. Promote life support for those in the womb.)
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To: tioga
How can you shame a man who “channels” dead people for his jury summations. The man knows no shame, otherwise he wouldn’t be running yet again for an office he will never hold. I think Ann’s remarks are funny. Why are we letting the PC crowd tell us what to think of Ann? Edwards having his kids’ mommy call in to stand up for him is pathetic.

Not trying to defend slimeball Edwards...but, IMO, Coulter lowered herself to his level with inappropriate jokes about what is obviously grief for the Edwards family. No one (dirbag politician or not) can gain anything positive from the death of a child.

38 posted on 06/27/2007 9:10:15 AM PDT by meandog (Bush--proving himself again and again to be the best friend the Dems have EVER had!)
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To: meandog
I agree. People of all political stripes will pick up on the fact that Edwards is exploiting his son’s death; Coutler diverts attention from that fact when she touches the issue.
39 posted on 06/27/2007 9:12:19 AM PDT by utahagen
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To: Def Conservative

Libtards regularly say things much worse than Ann has ever said, yet when they finally encounter someone who can throw it right back in their faces, they can’t take it.

Rock on, Ann!


40 posted on 06/27/2007 9:12:48 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: Def Conservative

Hmmm. Almost like a “Weekend at Bernie’s” kind of thing...


41 posted on 06/27/2007 9:12:56 AM PDT by Hegemony Cricket (It's not the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of the round in the chamber.)
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To: utahagen

And now Edwards is exploiting his wife’s cancer.


42 posted on 06/27/2007 9:13:48 AM PDT by dfwgator (The University of Florida - Still Championship U)
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To: meandog

Edwards will sell anything for power, Ann comments on it.


43 posted on 06/27/2007 9:18:33 AM PDT by tioga (Fred Thompson for President.)
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To: Old Retired Army Guy

Exactly! And then when Coulter says hey, John Edwards you exploited your sons death, Elizabeth Edwards confronts Ann and says “how dare you say what really happened?” This wasn’t a “please stop the attacks” request it was a “stop pointing out the Edwards campaign’s exploits to play to the American people’s sympathies” request.


44 posted on 06/27/2007 9:19:06 AM PDT by takeemout (Doing my part to be Carbon Positive)
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To: tioga
Ann Coulter to be interviewed today, 6/27, at 9:30 am (PDT)by Dennis Prager on KRLA 870 AM radio. www.krla870.com for streaming. Otherwise, go to the Dennis Prager Show website for radio station near you. FYI
45 posted on 06/27/2007 9:21:26 AM PDT by Max7
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To: dfwgator

That’s O.K. I faked cancer to get readmitted to UMASS in ‘94. Guess I am going to hell for that one....lol


46 posted on 06/27/2007 9:22:22 AM PDT by When do we get liberated? ((Multi-culturism, go for a dirt nap. If you cant stand behind our troops, stand in front of them.)
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To: Max7

Ann was just on Fox. I see her all the time. I was fortunate to see her in person once, she was very funny.


47 posted on 06/27/2007 9:22:56 AM PDT by tioga (Fred Thompson for President.)
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To: tioga

I am wrong. Dennis is interviewing Alan Colmes from Hannity & Colmes on his radio program in a couple minutes. My bad. I misunderstood him. Sorry ‘bout that.


48 posted on 06/27/2007 9:31:28 AM PDT by Max7
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To: Def Conservative

For later.


49 posted on 06/27/2007 9:34:16 AM PDT by Tzimisce (How Would Mohammed Vote? Hillary for President! www.dndorks.com)
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To: Mr. Know It All; Def Conservative
If someone who lost a relative in 9/11 talks about supporting the Iraq war, many people cheer "someone who gets it." If someone who lost a relative in 9/11 talks about opposing the Iraq war they are "exploiting" their tragedy. The double standard is transparent.

There is a fine line between acknowledging a life-changing event and capitalizing on a life-changing event.

Part of the problem comes from the very nature of journalism and journalists. There are thousands of them out there, all of them looking for an interesting hook to hang their column on, and inevitably they hit upon the easiest and most obvious ones. So you make a comment or an admission that makes good copy, and suddenly there are thousands of column inches devoted to it. The journalists herd mentality then kicks in, accentuating the problem. Journalists at future press conferences vie to be the first to ask you about it, hoping to get some reaction other than the one everyone else got, maybe if they word it just so, and your eyes well up, it'll make a great photo to go with the column.

There are politicians who exploit intimate parts of their lives for political gain. Sometimes its legitimate to do so, sometimes it crosses the line. But journalists always do that, and they usually do it badly and they can't help copying one another. And they wouldn't know where the line was if it was painted in highway-department-orange.

50 posted on 06/27/2007 9:34:46 AM PDT by marron
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