March 22, 2007


The campaign goes on, says Edwards (Guardian Unlimited March 22, 2007)

John Edwards is to continue his campaign for the Democratic presidential nomination despite his wife, Elizabeth, suffering a recurrence of cancer, he announced today.

A series of reports in the US had predicted that the 53-year-old former senator - one of three frontrunners for the Democratic ticket along with Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama - was about to announce his withdrawal.

Democratic sources were quoted as saying that Mr Edwards would use a press conference in his home state of North Carolina to announce the move today.

However, he instead pledged to continue as he stood next to his wife in the town of Chapel Hill. "The campaign goes on. The campaign goes on strongly," he told reporters.

The question is why should we elect a guy who cares more about becoming president than about his wife? Such ambitious men are rarely good presidents.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 22, 2007 7:59 PM

Plus he ended a sentence with an adverb.

(And we shouldn't discount the fact that the wife herself might be playing Lady Macbeth . . . what better way to go out than as First Lady?)

Posted by: Jim in Chicago at March 22, 2007 9:20 PM

Jim, I also saw that and thought it was odd. If it was Bush, then ........Lolly, Lolly, Lolly, Get Your Adverbs Here!

Posted by: pchuck at March 22, 2007 9:44 PM

"why should we elect a guy who cares more about becoming president than about his wife?" Because the guy cares so much about the two Americas. (One of which can comfortably tugged in his backyard, and suitably warmed by Gore's electric furnance.) Can you imagine he sacrfices even more than General Washington? Washington left his wife for eight years to fight the Brits. But Martha was healthy. Edwards leaves his wife to take care of the two Americas even though his wife is having terminal cancer. How selfless, how admirable, how courageous! At last the down trodden Americans have a voice! And what a bunch of crap.

Posted by: ic at March 22, 2007 10:09 PM

Oh but what warm and pungent crap it is IC, and sadly that's what many will be believing!

Posted by: Dave W at March 23, 2007 2:01 AM

the real question is, who cares. Edwards never had any chance to win, and now he REALLY doesn't have a chance to win. doesn't one think that the first thought that went through everyone's head, who follow this stuff, is exactly this, which is why is this guy running when his wife has terminal cancer. It's not admirable, it's obnoxious. but, in any case, he had and has a zero percent chance of winning anyway.

But then the real question is, ok, seriously, Hilary, we are really going to elect her....not, and Barak.....maybe, he is a clean black, but again, B-a-r-a-k, not, so like always, what world reality do the democrats live in thinking they can win. Now if Gore decided to run, and he is, just being strategic, he actually has a chance to run with his environmental gospel straight to the white house. he just needs 1-2 of the before mentioned to drop out before he comes in.

Posted by: ice at March 23, 2007 6:35 AM

Hillary has the trump card, bubba. Imagine the media hyperbolic hysteria, Princess Diana's death would be an example of British understatement compared to it, should he meet an untimely end or even just a serious injury, preferably at the hands of a skin head neo nazi with a poster of Rove in his bedroom, at a point next summer about a month or so before the democratic convention.

Obama, you ain't seen nuttin' yet.

Posted by: erp at March 23, 2007 10:06 AM

I'm confused about the objection here--how many people quit their jobs when their wife gets cancer? Edwards' job is running for President--that's what he does, and what he'll do probably for the rest of his life. He'll never actually be President, but he obviously likes being a candidate.

Posted by: b at March 23, 2007 11:54 AM