The Edwardses' split
The news that Elizabeth Edwards has separated from her husband, the two-time presidential candidate and full-time scoundrel John Edwards, makes me sad. I know what most people are thinking: It's about time! Part of me agrees, actually, but I still have a hard time feeling anything but sorry about the whole situation.
Mrs. Edwards’s statement to the Associated Press came via a friend: “Elizabeth is moving on with her life and wants to put this difficult chapter behind her.” That announcement, of course, was reported the same day lurid details of John Edwards’s affair emerged in a new tell-all book by his one-time confidante, Andrew Young. Most of us will never know what's true and what's false in Young's book, but from the facts that have been established -- Edwards cheated on his wife while she battled cancer, even lying about his affair occurring only during her remission -- it's reasonable to presume that Young accurately reports the ugliness of Edwards’s actions in trying to hide his affair and the daughter who resulted. (I agreed with a colleague who said she felt dirty just reading a summary of the account.) Of John Edwards, it's hard not to conclude that he effectively tried to hoodwink the country into electing him president.
Should I be cheering Elizabeth Edwards for finally finding the gumption to sever her relationship with this contemptible man? I find it hard when considering all the pain. I mean not only what Mrs. Edwards has endured but also what she helped inflict on others by being complicit in her husband’s fraud. I feel as though I should be angry. But this woman has endured the loss of a child, diagnosis of a fatal disease and public betrayal by the love of her life. I find myself simply wishing her the best.
| January 28, 2010; 7:00 AM ET
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