Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A woman scorned

I've been thinking about how to write this for a few days. Ever since the news first hit that Elizabeth Edwards had written a book and included a section on her husband's cheating on her, something's been bothering me.

The name of Elizabeth Edwards' public catharsis is Resilience.

I feel sorry for Elizabeth Edwards' because her teenaged son died in a car accident. I feel sorry for Elizabeth Edwards that she has terminal breast cancer. I feel sorry for the three kids she'll leave behind.

I don't feel sorry for Elizabeth Edwards because her husband cheated on her and may have an out-of-wedlock child with his mistress.

By her own admission, Elizabeth Edwards became aware of her husband's affair before they decided--together--to make a run for the Presidency. They obviously calculated that none of these sordid details would come out before the election. One thing that Elizabeth Edwards didn't comment on in any of her interviews are the many reports that her husband, John, continued his affair long after beginning his second campaign to become President of the United States.

I've been wondering why Elizabeth Edwards is subjecting us to her intimate story. I've been wondering why Elizabeth Edwards would leave this as a legacy to her three children. I've been wondering why Elizabeth Edwards is staying with this guy who most likely fathered a child while she was undergoing cancer treatment. And, I'm wondering why she seems to absolve her husband of guilt and lay it all at the feet of his mistress who with her mata-hari-like come on of "You're so hot," made him succumb to her powers. Oh, please.

Maybe she wants us to think of her as a victim. Of course she is a victim. But this public cry for attention victimizes her even further. Too bad, before this book, I always thought Elizabeth Edwards was a pretty strong woman.

Now--to make matters worse--the National Enquirer {which actually was the first to report all the details of this story} is reporting that John Edwards' former flame wants a DNA test to prove he's her baby's daddy. Apparently, all these interviews Elizabeth Edwards has been doing have gotten under her skin and she's reconsidered her previous decision to lay low and play nicely. The straw might have been when the saintly Elizabeth called the "other woman's" baby `it' on national television.

And through it all...who haven't we heard from? Why John Edwards himself! Probably just a matter of time before he starts gushing to Katie Couric.

Personally, I wish they'd all just go away and handle their personal affairs in private.

1 comment:

Liza's Eyeview said...

Good point about the question to ponder on "why is Elizabeth Edwards leavin this kind of legacy for her children (talking about the affair of her husand) or is this really what she wants..."