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    Wife blasted for keeping Edwards affair secret
    RALEIGH, North Carolina (AP) -- Two weeks after a devastating revelation sent her husband into political exile, Elizabeth Edwards isn't getting the steady sympathy usually afforded to a woman scorned.
    Elizabeth Edwards, pictured with John Edwards in May, has been criticized for the way she handled his affair.





    Instead, she's faced criticism from dedicated Democrats who think she was too willing to keep the affair a secret to help John Edwards' political ambitions, as well as her own.

    At a time when she was expected to hold a prominent role in pushing an agenda of improved health care for Americans, she stands silent. While fellow Democrats converge in Denver, Colorado, to nominate Barack Obama for president, Edwards remains in seclusion in North Carolina.

    It seems an odd way to treat a woman with incurable cancer wronged by a cheating husband, the latest in a series of deep hardships in life that includes the death of a teenage son.

    But some former followers have questioned the recklessness of keeping the affair under wraps even though her husband -- a former U.S. senator, two-time presidential candidate and the 2004 vice presidential nominee -- said he confessed the affair in 2006, before the campaign began in earnest the next year.

    "I think she's complicit," said Brad Crone, a Raleigh-based Democratic consultant. "Obviously, she knew. While she's the victim, she clearly didn't stand in the way of the cover-up."

    It wasn't until earlier this month that John Edwards acknowledged publicly he'd had an affair with Rielle Hunter, a rookie filmmaker hired by his political action committee.

    On a liberal blog that Elizabeth Edwards frequents, she explained why she stayed silent after her husband told her of the affair: "This was our private matter, and I frankly wanted it to be private because as painful as it was I did not want to have to play it out on a public stage as well."

    Many people have come to know Elizabeth Edwards, 59, as a more forthright, revealing woman.

    She wrote a memoir in 2007 that brought readers into the most wrenching moments of her life -- the death of the couple's 16-year-old son and her 2004 breast cancer diagnosis. An attorney who worked in private practice and also taught at the University of North Carolina's law school, she first found out about the cancer the day after her husband and John Kerry lost their bid for the White House four years ago.

    She has always had a passion for politics. Known for routinely writing about health care policy on the Internet, she has served as a visiting fellow at Harvard, where she held discussions with students and gave a speech after her husband dropped from the presidential race earlier this year. Presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama said in June he would be "partnering" with her on health care policy, and she was expected to serve as a campaign voice to challenge Republican candidate John McCain on the issue.

    Yet during a visit to North Carolina two weeks after Edwards admitted to cheating on his wife, Obama didn't mention Elizabeth Edwards -- or her husband.

    "It's a setback for both of them," said Chris Lehane, a Democratic consultant who helped President Clinton through his cheating scandal. "The question for her -- as well as for him -- is what is their foundation? What gives them a platform to engage in public issues?
    "Their big challenge is convincing people that they will continue to be active in politics and they're going to continue to have a voice."
    In a post on the liberal blog Daily Kos, where Edwards has her own diary, she pleaded for privacy and later seemed to explain why she stuck by her spouse and his presidential ambitions.

    "An imperfect man with a truly progressive vision who spoke to and for those whom others ignored? Yes, that is who I supported," she wrote. "An imperfect man who had come to face his own imperfections and was seeking to redeem himself to those closest to him? Yes, that is who I supported."

    Some responded to the affair with words of kindness, while others angrily suggested that keeping the secret was no less a sin that the one committed by her philandering husband.

    "She knew president with this bomb waiting to go off. She did. She kinda loses my sympathy," wrote one poster.

    "I believe we are all owed a huge apology, not self-serving claims for pity by both John and Elizabeth Edwards, who both knew about the affair and both decided to go forward and seek the Democratic candidacy, regardless of the Titanic risk," wrote another.

    Elizabeth Edwards is famously a denizen of the Internet. But she has not posted under her own name at Daily Kos since that day, nor has she posted anything on the Web site of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington where she writes about health care.

    A spokeswoman for the center, Andrea Purse, said Elizabeth Edwards still has a job there, but declined to comment further about her future role. Both Elizabeth and John Edwards have refused several requests for an interview.

    Since her husband's admission, the only window into what Elizabeth Edwards has been thinking came from a People magazine interview with her brother and a close friend. They said she decided not to leave her husband, in part, because she is a mother of two young children fighting a cancer that has spread to her bone and cannot be cured.

    "There was anguish -- excruciating anguish -- for her in dealing with this," Hargrave McElroy, a friend, told the magazine. "She was angry and furious and everything, but at one point she had to make a choice: Do I kick him out, or do we have a 30-year marriage that can be rebuilt."

    If the story was engineered to defend Edwards' decision, it has failed to create an outpouring of understanding.

    "I thought it was very naive on both their parts," said Betsy Wells, who was an Edwards delegate at the Democratic convention four years ago and worked for each of his three campaigns for office. "It would be very sad if he were the nominee of our party right now."



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    This is total bullshit. What woman would want her humiliation made public?
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    ^^I agree greys. It's nobody's business and she was trying to keep her family (as well as her sanity and marriage) together. The woman is dying - can someone cut her some slack?

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    Whoever wrote this needs to be reminded that people don't always make the best decisions when they're a)dying and b)emotionally devastated. It's nobody's damn business but hers. Whatever happened to the notion of privacy?

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    I agree, this wasn't something that she had to announce to the public. However, once she knew she shouldn't have put on the facade that they were a happy, loving family filled with values, all while dealing with an immoral cheating bastard of a husband and father.
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    "I think she's complicit," said Brad Crone, a Raleigh-based Democratic consultant. "Obviously, she knew. While she's the victim, she clearly didn't stand in the way of the cover-up."
    Hey Brad-your wife just called and revealed that you are a donkey fucking moron. Say's she won't participate in a cover-up.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sasha View Post
    Hey Brad-your wife just called and revealed that you are a donkey fucking moron. Say's she won't participate in a cover-up.
    Aren't these the same morons who said Clinton's affair was a private matter and we should stay out of it?

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    I'd hate to see what she would have been called if she had held a press conference out of the blue and announced " My husband has been screwing some bimbo and I am worried that he is doing the same to the Democratic Party"-oh yeah. That would work.
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    WTF? They want this poor woman who's dealing with cancer, raising two young children, AND a cheating husband to come forward and expose more of her pain for us to see? They must be sadists who get off seeing others in agony. What sickos.

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    Let the woman die in peace or what little left of it she can find.

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    I'm glad you all seem to feel the same way as I do about this. It sickens me that they are placing the blame on her. He cheated, she's dying. Why waste what time she has left going through a bitter divorce?

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    I guess in Washington men are not responsible for their actions...
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    ^^I don't think anyone is condoning his affairs and related lies. What he did was wrong - he hurt his wife, his family and others - but it doesn't make him a less effective leader. This is a private matter and should have been handled as such. Why exacerbate the emotional pain with public humiliation.

    Now if this were Europe (excluding the UK), I would think the affair wouldn't have even made the news.

    Plus, who in Washington hasn't cheated on his wife? Power and money are intoxicating for many.

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    ^^ I'm talking about the blaming of his wife...

    I don't really care that he cheated....But I do care that they blame her. What should she have done? Ratted out her husband?

    It's not her fault that he put his dick in someone else.

    How about the media who kept the story quiet even though they knew?
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    Quote Originally Posted by witchcurlgirl View Post
    ^^ I'm talking about the blaming of his wife...

    I don't really care that he cheated....But I do care that they blame her

    It's not her fault that he put his dick in someone else.
    No, it isn't her fault that he screwed some crazy bitch, however she went along with his campaign for President after she knew. That is what I have a problem with, no way in hell I would've been standing there beside him smiling and shit..knowing he'd fucked some skeezer!!
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    ^^ whatever...

    I won't pass judgement on a dying woman......
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