Many on the Right think Elizabeth Edwards' cancer should, through their wishful thinking, take her husband John out of the Presidential running. Here are some comments from FreeRepublic:
- I'll pray for her, but this statement simply REEKS of martyrdom complex. Edwards is young and has a lot of time ahead of him to run for office (more's the pity). His wife does not have long, and he should be supporting her and their children, not whoring himself and her illness for votes.
- I'm sorry but this all looked like a stunt to me. Why hold a news conference? Why not just take care of his wife without announcing it to the world.
- Agreed. It's suspicious to me that her cancer flares up everytime Edwards needs some publicity.
God Bless and Good Luck to Mrs. Edwards, but holding a news conference to announce personal struggles is merely begging for the sympathy vote.
So, it's The Hildabeast, the Magic negro, or the bloodsucker with the sick wife. Way to go Dems, Way to go.
For all those, and others who complan about Edwards no matter what path he and Elizabeth choose, I have 2 words: Betty Ford.
Weeks after Betty Ford became First Lady, she underwent a mastectomy for breast cancer on September 28, 1974. Her openness about her illness raised the visibility of a disease that Americans had previously been reluctant to talk about. "When other women have this same operation, it doesn't make any headlines," she told Time magazine. "But the fact that I was the wife of the President put it in headlines and brought before the public this particular experience I was going through. It made a lot of women realize that it could happen to them. I'm sure I've saved at least one person—maybe more." Further amplifying the public awareness of breast cancer were reports that several weeks after Betty Ford's cancer surgery, Happy Rockefeller, the wife of vice president Nelson Rockefeller, also underwent a mastectomy.
In case you missed it above, 2 more words: Happy Rockefeller:
She is a breast cancer survivor, having undergone a mastectomy in 1974, two weeks after Betty Ford underwent the same operation.
So I guess if you're Republican, you can multitask. But if you're a Democrat, you need to spend more time with your family.