March 22, 2007

Edwards to Suspend Campaign... or Not

So says The Politico, which seems to have been overwhelmed by a pair of links from Drudge.

John Edwards is suspending his campaign for President, and may drop out completely, because his wife has suffered a recurrence of the cancer that sickened her in 2004, when she was diagnosed with breast cancer, an Edwards friend told The Politico.

"At a minimum he's going to suspend" the campaign, the source said. "Nobody knows precisely how serious her recurrence is. It'll be another couple of days before there's complete clarity."

Other news outlets, including Fox News and CNN, are running screamers that report otherwise. It looks like The Politico jumped the gun.

CNN gets their story posted first:

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards said Thursday his wife's cancer had returned but his bid for the White House will go on.

John Edwards said tests this week had shown his wife, Elizabeth, had cancer in a rib on her right side. He said the cancer is treatable but not curable.

Elizabeth Edwards said she was "incredibly optimistic" and said her expectations about the future were unchanged.

John Edwards will apparently continue his doomed (okay, perhaps not the best word) Presidential campaign, even though his wife Elizabeth appears to have had a resurgence of cancer.

Frankly, I don't know whether to commend them for their courage as a family in trying to push on with their lives throught the cancer's return, or whether the candidate should be condemned for continuing an unlikely run despite Elizabeth's incurable cancer coming out of remission.

In any event, I'll be praying for Elizabeth Edwards tonight, hoping that God spares her from this cancer, and what appears to be her husband's naked ambition.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at March 22, 2007 11:47 AM

Poor Ben, busted twice with misinformation in less than 3 days.

Tough start for the kids at Politico.

Posted by: Davebo at March 22, 2007 12:23 PM

From the bit of the pc I saw, Elizabeth Edwards said she expects to be doing tomorrow and next week and for months to come what she's been doing with the exception of seeing a bit more of her doctor. In her place I think I might tell the Silky Pony to continue with the campaign. For the short term she expects to carry on fairly normally and may not want him focusing exclusively on her and the illness.

How they organize their private life is their business and I don't think I even need to have an opinion about it. I wish her well and hope she beats the odds.

I should and do have an opinion of his politics because he's put himself out there to campaign for the nomination. But that opinion is for another thread. I'll simply wish Elizabeth Edwards the best in this one.

Posted by: Retread at March 22, 2007 02:36 PM

Man, that is a really, really sorry comment. Naked ambition? Maybe his wife really, really wants him to continue running? Maybe it would make her feel better? I'm married and I can tell you that my wife would probably tell me to do the same thing, no matter what. But that doesn't mean I know anything about the Edwards' situation, which is why I won't say anything as blatantly insight-less and mean-spirited as you do.

Posted by: Xanthippas at March 22, 2007 03:20 PM

By the way, here's a better response:

Posted by: Xanthippas at March 22, 2007 03:24 PM


As I posted in a comment to Hot Air:

Women are tougher than men, and as Elizabeth loves him, she wants him to push on with his campaign and their life together as if nothing was wrong. She wants the continuity, and what she thinks is best for him. And who knows? Maybe it is whatís best for him.

But I donít think it is best for her. Political campaigns are notoriously grueling, as both of them should well know. I do not see how a campign can have any positive effects on her health. John Edwards should know this.

He should put his wife and children ahead of a dark horse campaign. We have so little time on this planet to be with the ones we love, and it appears that he intends to spend the next year (perhaps less) of that time courting everyone but the one he should care about the most.

I donít know what John Edwards considers ďfamily values,Ē but they apparently arenít any kind I would recognize.

Were you ever in this position--and I sincerely hope you never are--I would hope that you'd have to good sense to ignore your wife's noble effort, and put her well-being before your career.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at March 22, 2007 03:36 PM

Yank - you do realize this is a death sentence right? Survival of Stage IV beyond five years is less than 20%. They know this and are making a decision to forge ahead. Exactly should John Edwards do? Stay at home and watch his wife die?

Posted by: Brian Despain at March 22, 2007 06:35 PM
Exactly should John Edwards do? Stay at home and watch his wife die?

Don't be obtuse.

John and Elizabeth Edwards have an older daughter Cate in her early 20s that is old enough to have pleasant memories of her mother. They have two children under the age of ten, however, that are unfortunately going to have limited time with her.

The time they are wasting pursuing an almost certainly futile dark horse candidacy would be much better spent, in my opinion as a parent of a child the same age, in building memories for their two young children. Instead, John Edwards will continue tilting windmills. As I've already stated, campaigns are exhausting to those in the best of health; how can a rigorous campaign schedule help her? It could threaten her health, and also cuts into family time and memories that could be made.

It is , in my opinion, reprehensible behavior for a husband and father.

Posted by: Confederate Yankee at March 22, 2007 10:39 PM

I think you have to look at the time line to death here. Ms. Edwards will not die in the next year. I fact she will likely live for at least 5 years. This will be a very painful existance and she will be extremely sick secondary to chemothearpy. But the fact is that life must go on and despite the terrible illness Edwards has to do what is necessary. Actually, Ms. Edwards was likely told that this day would come considering the circumstances associated with the original discovery of her cancer.
One thing though, these two have made a considerable amount of money screwing hard working physicians and their insurance with fabricated law suits. Think of the physicians lives this creep has ruined with his law suits.

Posted by: David Caskey,MD at March 23, 2007 10:21 AM

Confederate Yankee
John Edwards is not being reprehensible. Nor is his wife - who has made this decision with him.

Marriage is between two people; not one. They have made this decision together. This is not one side being irresponsible to the other one's wishes. Perhaps you are sincere but you must believe they too are sincere. I have no doubt that they have discussed in depth their goals, their aspirations, their love for each other and the things most important to their lives. But it important to note that many people who have cancer do not just give up living or give up their goals - or the goals of the ones they love. They continue on as best they can.
The Edwards are going through this together. Give them the common decency to continue to campaign together.

Posted by: Matt at March 23, 2007 04:04 PM