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Saint Elizabeth (Edwards) and the Ego Monster
New York Magazine ^ | January 9, 2010 | John Heilemann and Mark Halperin

Posted on 01/09/2010 9:23:35 PM PST by sinanju

"...With her husband, she could be intensely affectionate or brutally dismissive. At times subtly, at times blatantly, she was forever letting John know that she regarded him as her intellectual inferior. She called her spouse a “hick” in front of other people and derided his parents as rednecks. One time, when a friend asked if John had read a certain book, Elizabeth burst out laughing. “Oh, he doesn’t read books,” she said. “I’m the one who reads books.”

During the 2004 race, Elizabeth badgered and berated John’s advisers around the clock. She called Nick Baldick, his campaign manager, an idiot. She accused David Axelrod, his (and later Obama’s) media consultant, of lying to her and insisted that he be stripped of the responsibility for making the campaign’s TV ads. She would stay up late scouring the Web, pulling down negative stories and blog items about her husband, forwarding them with vicious messages to the communications team. She routinely unleashed profanity-laced tirades on conference calls. “Why the fuck do you think I’d want to go sit outside a Wal-Mart and hand out leaflets?” she snarled at the schedulers.

Elizabeth’s illness seemed at first to mellow her in the early months of 2005—but not for long. One day, she was on a conference call with the staffers of One America, the political-action committee that was being turned into a vehicle for John’s 2008 bid. There were 40 or 50 people on the line, mostly kids in their twenties being paid next to nothing (and in some cases literally nothing).

An Excerpt From John Heilemann and Mark Halperin's 'Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime'

(Excerpt) Read more at nymag.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: edwards; elizabethedwards; johnedwards; riellehunter
Yes, the authors are standard-issue libs and they have the standard-issue set of opinions about Sarah, but the Edwards agonistes chapters seem to be quite authoritative.
1 posted on 01/09/2010 9:23:35 PM PST by sinanju
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To: sinanju
Saint Elizabeth (Edwards) and the Ego Monster
2 posted on 01/09/2010 9:26:24 PM PST by BlessedBeGod (New Wizard of Oz: Pelosi as the Wicked Witch of the West & Michelle as the Wicked Witch of the East.)
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To: sinanju

I am so sick of all these people. I am pulling my hair out.


3 posted on 01/09/2010 10:01:38 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: sinanju

Sounds like a clash of childish egos.

No wonder the “marriage” was a phony disaster


4 posted on 01/09/2010 10:08:15 PM PST by A_Former_Democrat
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To: sinanju

His infidelity is at least a little more understandable now.

If I were married to her, I think I might want a little time out myself.


5 posted on 01/09/2010 10:26:13 PM PST by Sherman Logan ("The price of freedom is the toleration of imperfections." Thomas Sowell)
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To: Sherman Logan

Yes, Rielle Hunter is beginning to be a bit more understandable now.


6 posted on 01/09/2010 11:00:00 PM PST by ottbmare (I could agree wth you, but then we'd both be wrong.)
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To: A_Former_Democrat

It seems more like a Greek tragedy than the stupid farce we’ve thought it to be. I had no idea that either of them were insane like this, but they are both truly mad. Edwards was completely delusional, and Elizabeth seems to have been driven mad with grief and illness.


7 posted on 01/09/2010 11:21:26 PM PST by ottbmare (I could agree wth you, but then we'd both be wrong.)
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To: ottbmare

Ms Hunter was certainly a non literary persuit.


8 posted on 01/09/2010 11:23:22 PM PST by MrEdd (Heck? Geewhiz Cripes, thats the place where people who don't believe in Gosh think they aint going.)
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To: MrEdd

But she did know her astrology


9 posted on 01/09/2010 11:26:00 PM PST by woofie
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To: A_Former_Democrat

It certainly puts Rielle Hunter in perspective!


10 posted on 01/09/2010 11:33:48 PM PST by BunnySlippers (I LOVE BULL MARKETS . . .)
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To: sinanju

Wow, the country dodged one narcissist, but ended up with one in the office of the President despite itself.


11 posted on 01/09/2010 11:50:12 PM PST by Darnright (There can never be a complete confidence in a power which is excessive. - Tacitus)
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To: sinanju

Wow, what fun! Thanks for posting.

I was wondering why he was outed so badly. According to this, his aides saw he simply had a bad character and wasn’t suited to the presidency.

Most dems are simply covered for by a complacent press.


12 posted on 01/10/2010 12:32:06 AM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: sinanju

LOL, did I write complacent? I meant complicit. Actually, I mean both.


13 posted on 01/10/2010 12:32:44 AM PST by I still care (A Republic - if you can keep it. - Ben Franklin)
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To: ottbmare; sinanju; All
Yes, Rielle Hunter is beginning to be a bit more understandable now.

Perhaps the intent here; no?

Never liked Elizabeth; her nastiness was evident; if only by 'degrees' depending on interview. She could smile; be sweet and offer damning lies re her opposition all in same breath; of course, that IS what these people do; and again, what her husbnd did; though he did have more 'lawyerly' flair. All to say these MO's are hardly exclusive to the Edwards.

We know what an egoist as well, was John 'the Breck girl'. Always think Lefties deserve each other; but think these two REALLY deserved each other.

Of course, when it comes to those who follow the Ideology of the 'Self'; we are the ones, bound to suffer. /sigh/

14 posted on 01/10/2010 1:05:08 AM PST by cricket
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To: sinanju

this is an example of why we need term limits and fresh blood every so often in Congress


15 posted on 01/10/2010 2:37:23 AM PST by blueplum
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To: sinanju

They both are phonies


16 posted on 01/10/2010 3:08:01 AM PST by personalaccts (Is George W going to protect the border?)
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To: MrEdd

Never thought of divorcing him; that would have meant giving up the life-style.

I’m reminded of an old joke;

“we already decided what kind of woman you are, now we’re just deciding on the pricce.”


17 posted on 01/10/2010 4:41:42 AM PST by maine yankee
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To: personalaccts

It would appear that behind every democrap is a bitch of a woman.


18 posted on 01/10/2010 5:20:49 AM PST by BilLies
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To: BilLies

I have never heard anything in that regard, about Tipper Gore.
I think SHE married the bitch!!


19 posted on 01/10/2010 5:54:00 AM PST by ronniesgal ( I miss George Bush. Hell, I miss Bill Clinton!!)
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To: ronniesgal

OK. You’ve convinced me.


20 posted on 01/10/2010 7:47:45 AM PST by BilLies
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To: sinanju
This down fall of Edwards makes me smile. I have disliked him for years. His sleazy making of millions off suing physicians for Cerebral Palsey cases in which their is NO evidence whatsoever that anything they did causes this problem. With this money he built a mansion and went on the speak of 2 American's. Only problem is he is a total terrible person (which I knew from his law practice) who wanted nothing but money and power. Glad he destroyed himself he deserved it.
21 posted on 01/10/2010 8:10:54 AM PST by therut
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To: freekitty

Just don’t expose yourself on the thread.


22 posted on 01/10/2010 8:17:39 AM PST by rabidralph ("Precedenting" is a lot tougher than community organizing.)
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To: rabidralph

Is that some sort of a backhanded compliment?


23 posted on 01/10/2010 8:49:23 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty
LOL! No. It's on page 7 of the story Near the bottom of the page. John and Elizabeth are to fly to separate locations to campaign, but they are fighting all the way to the airport.
24 posted on 01/10/2010 8:58:33 AM PST by rabidralph ("Precedenting" is a lot tougher than community organizing.)
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To: sinanju

A campaign staffer and his wife are previewing one of the videos showing Hunter and Edwards expressing familiarity beyond what is appropriate and the staffer’s wife exclaims, “OMG, he’s F*ing her!”


25 posted on 01/10/2010 9:14:18 AM PST by Rebelbase
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To: rabidralph

LOL I saw that. My mistake. My only excuse I have a broken elbow.


26 posted on 01/10/2010 9:36:27 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: freekitty
I am so sick of all these people.

At one time he was being touted as the " next Bill Clinton ".

LOL

27 posted on 01/10/2010 9:43:12 AM PST by csvset
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To: freekitty

LOL! I hope your elbow heals completely.


28 posted on 01/10/2010 9:49:09 AM PST by rabidralph ("Precedenting" is a lot tougher than community organizing.)
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To: rabidralph

Thanks


29 posted on 01/10/2010 10:19:26 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: csvset

Geez, so far the last 3 dem POTUS have been complete losers.


30 posted on 01/10/2010 10:21:53 AM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: therut

I always despised Edwards obvious phoniness with that transparent “Two Americas” schtick. It’s sort of odd when the complete and permanent political destruction you wish on an opponent in joking conversation actually comes to pass. The Dems are lucky as hell that Silky didn’t make it to the nomination and that their current prize Ego-pony smelled the stink of death on him. Given the messiah complex all big-time liberal pols seem to suffer from, I still wonder if Mr. Clean Obama has any sex scandals brewing.


31 posted on 01/10/2010 11:31:43 AM PST by Callahan
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To: sinanju

bookmark


32 posted on 01/10/2010 3:27:30 PM PST by ElayneJ
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To: ElayneJ

bookmark


33 posted on 01/11/2010 5:53:51 AM PST by Guenevere (....)
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To: freekitty

OMG..I just read this article. THANK GOD these people never got close to the White House. This story was pretty spicy...it would make a great movie of the week!! ROLFMAO!!! Maybe John could negotiate to be the Producer!!! ROFLMAO!!!


34 posted on 01/11/2010 6:44:05 AM PST by Hildy (This Christmas, the Democrats have given America the one gift that keeps on taking.)
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To: onyx

read this article. It was SO MUCH FUN!


35 posted on 01/11/2010 6:47:00 AM PST by Hildy (This Christmas, the Democrats have given America the one gift that keeps on taking.)
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To: sinanju
What I found most interesting about the story were the things going on behind the scenes in the Democrat party and the media itself. They came right out and admitted that there were able to successfully get the media to spike the story, at least until it blew up.

We all know this is standard procedure when Dems are involved but it was interesting to actually read it in the article.

Now if we could just expose everything they are still hiding about the Ombamanation...

36 posted on 01/11/2010 1:55:49 PM PST by BlueMondaySkipper (Involuntarily subsidizing the parasite class since 1981)
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To: BlueMondaySkipper

Well, the lib media tried to sit on it but that only gave the scoop to the Enquirer just as their spiking the Monica story only handed it to Matt Drudge in ‘98.

Stories do not “blow up” spontaneously like a grain elevator. Someone has to light the fuse.

F’rinstance, the entire lib political establishment and the MSM is trying to shovel sand over the Dingy Harry racial gaffe, but the conservative media and talking heads have their teeth into it and are hanging on pitbull fashion.


37 posted on 01/11/2010 2:23:52 PM PST by sinanju
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