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She doesn’t want your pity

August 10, 2008

The John Edwards-Rielle Hunter story hits on two levels. I’m not involved in Edwards’ marriage, so I don’t know what kind of a marriage it is or was, what kind of understanding they had or didn’t have. Is it cheating if the other person knows?

I’m not saying she knew, but we’ve all been around the political block enough times to know that this kind of thing isn’t surprising. We’ve learned about nude swimming parties in the White House, diaper fetishes, closeted gays & restroom foot space; I don’t know about you, but I’ll never look at a cigar the same way again. Besides, it had made it into the blinds well before the NE or Huffington Post printed the allegations. Believe me, by the time it was in the blinds, Elizabeth already knew.

Edwards was like a dog chasing a bitch in heat.  The males will travel miles and attempt to conquer any obstacle to get to her. Note to Rielle: You don’t diss a sister.

It hits me on the level of a mother who may very likely be taken away from her young children too young. That angers me. A woman who, as if she didn’t have enough to deal with, now has to deal publicly with matters that she’s been privately handling. To a certain extent, we all go, “Poor Elizabeth”. But don’t pity her. This woman is a fighter. She’s tough. She’s battling cancer, yet she’s the one advocating for better health care for all of us. I don’t ever want to know what it’s like to lose a child – coming close was difficult enough. She survived that. Rielle Hunter & John’s affair with her, while they might be bumps in the road, they are nothing to what she’s already endured.

There are many Elizabeth’s in this world, only their stories are unknown because they are not public people. There were over 40,000 women that died from breast cancer in the US last year. Out of those 40,000, it’s likely that some of them had similar stories of cheating spouses. 40,000.

No, this is not about a man cheating on his wife, although that’s what the media wants to lower it to. A Jerry Springer episode with famous people. No, this is about a man who had a chance to make a real difference in the lives of many. A man who forgot or didn’t care how much was at stake. A man who screwed the people that were his supporters.

Elizabeth Edwards doesn’t need this man. She is strong, smart, loving, and beautiful without him. But, believe me, he needs her. Without her, he’s just another slick-talking ambulance chaser.

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