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Thursday, March 22, 2007

Edwards NOT Suspending Campaign

posted by on March 22 at 9:41 AM

Earlier reports had it exactly wrong.

Calvert DeForest, however, is still dead.

UPDATE: Because I believe that people are all basically good and decent—no wait, I mean, louses and shits—I can’t help but… wonder… and type… and post…

If Elizabeth Edwards’ cancer returned, and John Edwards was going to press on with his campaign, all stoical and stuff, why clear his schedule and call a press conference? Why not just, you know, keep on keeping on? The drama of the last 24 hours—the rushing home, the announcement of a press conference, the clearing of Edwards’ schedule, and, hey, was that a leak about dropping out of the race?—strikes me as a bit manipulative. Even exploitative. If the Edwards’ campaign intended to take the return of his wife’s cancer in stride, well, then why didn’t the Edwards’ campaign do just that?

UPDATE 2: Okay, I am a shit. As more news comes out, it’s clear that Elizabeth Edwards medical news appeared to be worse yesterday, when schedules were cleared and press conferences called. Further tests indicated that things, while terribly serious, weren’t as dire as first thought. EE’s cancer is treatable, and so the campaign continues. Is anyone working on gene therapy to treat congenital cynicism?

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Let's see what nasty offensive things Ann Coulter and the "others" of her like have to say.

Posted by monkey | March 22, 2007 9:42 AM

leaking buckets are just that some times

PR coup for Edwards, mud on the ass for some bloggers

Posted by eric | March 22, 2007 9:46 AM

That's a big black eye for Politico.

Posted by Gabriel | March 22, 2007 9:53 AM

Why call a press conference? Gosh, maybe just to be clear and honest about what is going on - instead of letting the press huff, speculate and manipulate all by a couple, the Edwards are a class act.

Posted by Janej | March 22, 2007 10:12 AM

Reporting 101:

Everyone has an opinion; having broadband and a blog doesn't make you a journalist.

Politics 101:

Control the spin on a newsworthy story.

Posted by Laurence Ballard | March 22, 2007 10:20 AM

"The drama of the last 24 hours—the rushing home, the announcement of a press conference, the clearing of Edwards’ schedule"

Well, maybe it's because, you know, a couple was faced with serious medical news and actually wanted to talk about it calmly before making a major decision. Give the guy a break.

Posted by JPF | March 22, 2007 10:25 AM

They're just taking lemons and making a big glass of manipulative lemonade. And I doubt his wife feels too used by the situation, or else she wouldn't be standing up there with him.

Completely unrelated, but does anyone else notice how Sen. Edwards and his wife are aging at remarkably different rates? Granted she has cancer, but still--I don't think he's aged at all in the past 25 years.

Posted by Joey the Girl | March 22, 2007 10:26 AM

I think Jane's right. Media started to spin out of their control, and either you answer with a dead press release or you answer in person. I thought the press conference was strange in tone, to be sure, but strange in that I couldn't sympathize with his choice to have it - and how could I possibly have done so?

Posted by Scott | March 22, 2007 10:31 AM

I actually felt guilty for wondering if he was using his wife to get sympathy votes as I read your last post, but now I feel less guilty. He's banking on his wife's disease. What a shit.

Posted by Carollani | March 22, 2007 10:35 AM

Just so you know, Bill Richardson's wife is perfectly healthy. And he's more qualified.

Posted by Gitai | March 22, 2007 10:35 AM

yes, but bill richardson wears bolo ties.

Posted by konstantconsumer | March 22, 2007 10:37 AM

Maybe the clearing of his schedule was a decision made in haste?

Elizabeth: Honey, my cancer's back, I'm going to die.

John:*on phone to aides* cancel everything, I'm done.

Elizabeth: Let's talk about this, I don't want to to drop out because of me.

He called the press conference to announce to lay his cards on the table. For all we know he might have had every intention of dropping out until 5 minutes before he went on. He's got to be under alot of stress.

Posted by Shea | March 22, 2007 10:44 AM

And behaves inappropriately with the ladies, if the persistent NM gossip is to be believed...

Posted by Some Jerk | March 22, 2007 10:45 AM

Yes, they called the conference to be clear and up-front. Not exploitative. Edwards has said in the past that the one thing that could possibly prevent him from running would be the recurrence of Elizabeth's cancer. So of course the return of this cancer would be relevant to the campaign, and they would thus want to key their supporters in. His wife clearly wants him to continue, and they seem very strong, sweet and moving together. Good for them.

Posted by Gabriel | March 22, 2007 10:46 AM

Having actually listened to the press conference before commenting, the two of them each said that they thought the initial news they got yesterday was much worse than it turned out to be after further tests later in the day.

It's possible that the conference was in fact called yesterday to announce he was dropping out in the face of bad news, then when they had more information dialed back to just an informational talk to update everyone on this major development in their life and campaign.

Posted by Peter | March 22, 2007 11:00 AM

Anyone who thinks they're using her cancer to further John Edwards' politcal career is projecting their own crap-ass relationship onto the Edwards'.

It is possible for couples to make sacrifices for one another. If you think otherwise then I feel sorry for you.

Posted by DOUG. | March 22, 2007 11:04 AM

Bitchy, bitchy, bitchy, Dan. What would you have preferred, a quick note on his blog saying "Liz has cancer, it's not curable, I'm still running"? He'd have people right and left screaming at him for being heartless and obsessed with becoming president over the well-being of his wife. And maybe, just maybe, they needed some time to discuss this. Your comments seem like a lame attempt to cover up embarrassment over "breaking" the wrong story by slogging that Edwards was dropping out. Pathetic.

Posted by RS | March 22, 2007 11:09 AM

Some Jerk, ask yourself this question: Would you rather have a womanizer like Bill Clinton in office, or a teetotaling moralizer like Bush?

Posted by Gitai | March 22, 2007 11:17 AM

Apparently I was wrong, it wasn't Ann Coulter and friends we needed to worry about.

He's never been my first choice for president (though it wouldn't break my heart if he won) but knowing what I know of their past I would never suspect them of using this as a political tool.

Posted by monkey | March 22, 2007 11:20 AM

You are a shit, Dan. Maybe I should burn my copy of "The Commitment".

Posted by DOUG. | March 22, 2007 11:27 AM

I don't have any strong feelings about Edwards, so I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt.

Face it: the way the political game is played, it would have leaked that she is ill, they would have photographed her going in and out of the doctor's office, they would have had those push polls with questions like "if you knew that Edward's wife was seriously ill, but not telling you the truth about it, could you trust him to make the right decisions?", etc, etc, etc.

Honesty really is the best policy.

Posted by catalina vel-duray | March 22, 2007 11:50 AM

Unfortunately, in today's political climate there would have been no way Edwards could have just "kept on keeping on," with reports that he is going to suspend his campaign being spread far and wide over the tubes. He had to make an announcement and talk about something extremely private to the world. And despite the fact that he probably wants to break down and do nothing but hold his wife in a tight hug, he had to appear happy, positive, and statesman-like because to appear any other way would have torpedo-ed everything. We should feel for them having to deal with this shit publicly.

And I have to differ with the cynical folks on here who think he is milking his wife's disease. As someone who has been there, you try to do everything possible to maintain the normalcy of life despite the awful fucking nightmare of cancer injecting itself into your life. To outsiders it seems bizarre, but there's a lot of good to living life instead of curling up in a ball and crying until they take you away.

I am a lib, didn't favor Edwards before, probably won't in the future, but haven't made up my mind yet, but really applaud them for making the best decision for them. Respect them, folks.

Posted by Brad | March 22, 2007 12:27 PM

Well, he'll make a great backup Veep choice for President Gore if Obama won't accept the spot on the ticket.

Posted by Will in Seattle | March 22, 2007 12:48 PM

I'm as cynical as they come, but this is the truth:

Posted by cassandra | March 22, 2007 1:32 PM

Catalina, your out-of-control decency and common sense are wildly inappropriate in today's political climate.

Posted by Fnarf | March 22, 2007 3:40 PM

Hey, Dan, at least you're willing to admit your cynicism. Congrats on the about face, and I'll admit that I had some of the same thoughts myself. (I figured it was a stunt much like Chuck Hagel's earlier announcement of a major announcement later this year.) I'm sorry also to have been so wrong.

Here's hoping for a day when cynicism has no place.

Posted by prometheusnox | March 22, 2007 3:53 PM

Dan... In this instance, you appear more douchebag than cynic, but maybe I should defer to you since you are an expert on Commitment.

Posted by wvspk | March 22, 2007 7:07 PM

What an incredibly bitchy, cynical post. For shame.

Posted by Boomer | March 22, 2007 8:46 PM

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