Elizabeth Edwards died yesterday after a long—and very public—battle with cancer. Edwards has been praised for her advocacy of health care reform and the dignity with which she faced a disease that has touched virtually every person in one way or another. She’s also been criticized as pathetic for staying with a cheating husband (until his cheating was proven as fact and she started taking media heat), among other things (her allegedly nasty temper, for example).
You know, it’s always sad when somebody dies, and …
How important are “best friends” to a 2010 child? In a day and age where everyone is “Facebook friends,” is this an antiquated idea?
Snakes produce a knee-jerk reaction with many people. I don’t know, maybe it’s Biblical … Anyway, snake serum is now being used in cosmetics. Is this Eve’s ultimate revenge?
Bristol + Levi 4-eva? Word is it’s true … wonder what Sarah Palin has to say about that? Oh, and there’s a great pic featuring a wild-haired Levi Johnston and his sister Mercede – no, I didn’t forget the “s” … there is no “s” — that’s totally worth checking out.
John Edwards is reportedly a shell of his former perfectly coiffed, toothy, “Two Americas” self as he struggles to deal with the repercussions of his affair with Rielle Hunter (and Hunter’s subsequent pregnancy) and allegations that he used campaign funds to keep said pregnancy on the DL. Once referred to as “Kennedyesque,” Edwards is now pretty much in hiding as he tries to avoid being served with legal paperwork involving Hunter’s lawsuit against his former aide Andrew Young. Oh, how the mighty have fallen …
During the day, Edwards’ biggest work project, according to a former adviser who spoke with Edwards as recently as a few weeks ago, involves huddling with legal advisers, strategizing how to stave off a possible federal grand jury indictment surrounding up to $1 million in presidential campaign funds that he is alleged to have diverted to hide Hunter during her pregnancy.
I find John Edwards completely disgusting. One the absolute basest level, the National Enquirer now has some degree of credibility. That’s just wrong. However, the biggest problem for me is that Edwards publicly denied paternity of Hunter’s daughter, Frances Quinn. I mean, this child is one day going to be able to read. She’s going to have the ability to do internet research (probably sooner rather than later—neither Edwards nor Hunter are reputable people, in my opinion, but both possess intelligence). How the hell is the poor kid going to feel when she realizes that not only did her conception and birth ruin her father’s political career (and possibly marriage, although that has been widely disputed—it was reportedly kind of a sham in the first place) but the son of a bitch didn’t even acknowledge fathering her? In fact, he had one of his freaking employees take responsibility. This kid’s psychiatrist is going to have a field day. I mean, just … wow. Continue reading →
Rielle Hunter spoke out earlier this week for the first televised interview since allegations of the John Edwards affair broke and she subsequently gave birth to the child that Edwards had vehemently denied parenting.
If you didn’t catch the interview, you can watch a great synopsis of the interview here at Jezebel, because the entire interview just isn’t worth watching. It’s just going to anger you over the entire situation. Or put you to sleep, one or the other.
However, a lot of women (like the ones on The View) are pitting the majority of the responsibility on Hunter, rather than Edwards, who was the married one. Jenny Sanford, another “cheated upon” wife of the politically-shunned Mark Sanford, was guest on the episode and put her two cents in on the interview with Oprah.
You know, while Hunter knowingly engaged in a relationship with a married man, I hardly think the entire thing (including the pregnancy, obviously) is her fault. It does take two to tango. What is the most maddening thing to me, in any case, is that the wife is usually angrier at the mistress than she is at her own philandering husband. Was there some sort of kinship that women are supposed to share — because they’re women — that should prevent women from engaging in a relationship with the husband of another woman? It’s a nice sentiment, but it’s completely wrong. Not everyone is Miss Rosy-Posy-I’d-Never-Steal-Your-Husband. You fell in love with him, what’s to say that other women won’t? It’s not realistic. While Elizabeth Edwards should blame her husband — and only her husband — it’s not for the world to decide who was ultimately at fault.
These two people, Edwards and Hunter, engaged in a relationship and behaviors that were not morally right based upon the marriage vows that Edwards had taken. I think what they did was completely wrong and reprehensible, because that’s my opinion, but I’m not going to apportion blame to a person (namely Hunter) who only listened to what her heart allegedly told her. Although she acted upon it and didn’t “do the right thing,” whatever the “right thing” is in each and every particular case, is aside from the matter at hand.
If you want to superfluously blame just one, it better be the husband who encouraged the unethical attention and fostered the feelings of another person to begin with — or you better be pitting the blame on both.