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  •  This part is disgusting - wrtechingly disgusting (10+ / 0-)

    About Elizabeth Edwards - being known to campaign insiders as an:

    abusive, intrusive, paranoid, condescending, crazywoman

    Yeah, cancer survivor having to keep an eye out for her husband's ill-advised love interests that might crash the whole house of cards down - surely she's crazy, and paranoid. She must also be abusive for being on the rough end of that deal, all the way around.

    Absolutely shameful gossip-mongering tripe.


    'Scuse me while I reach for a sick bag.

    no remuneration was received by anyone for the writing of this message

    by ItsSimpleSimon on Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 10:38:45 AM PST

    •  It's all pretty ugly all the way around, but (5+ / 0-)
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      as the NY Mag story makes obvious, it looks like all of Edwards' staff has blabbed and all were in agreement-- some sooner, some later, but all eventually reached the same conclusions----about the character of each----all the dishonesty and delusion---and their dysfunctional relationship.

    •  I HOPE she was all that and more (2+ / 0-)
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      Edwards deserved any abuse she dished out and shame on Halperin for portraying her this way. What he did to her was absolutely crazy-making and if she spent every moment on the campaign bus tossing shoes around and screaming, I would not blame her a bit.

      •  Yeah but ... (5+ / 0-)
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        Didn't she know about the affair?  If so, then isn't she kind of complicit in Edwards' desperate power grab?  If he got the nomination, McCain would have sailed into the WH (though probably without Palin.  Palin was picked because of Obama.)  If you ask me, they both bear responsibility for being willing to endanger the party's prospects for the sake of their selfish will to power.  Cancer or no cancer.

        Oba-MA bumaye! Oba-MA bumaye!

        by fou on Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 12:11:00 PM PST

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        •  I agree, but Halperin didn't call her calculating (2+ / 0-)
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          He portrayed her as an unhinged shrew:

          abusive, intrusive, paranoid, condescending, crazywoman

          •  Ok (3+ / 0-)
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            I admit that's a bit over the top.  But still, she's not this innocent cancer survivor that she's like us to think she is.  In fact, I was sickened when they used her cancer to announce that he was staying in the race.  I remember hearing they were going to make an announcement ... and that she had cancer ... and so I thought, ok, so I guess he's dropping out.  Wrong.  I remember watching the news conference and thinking to myself: "if you're not dropping out, then why is a private medical matter mine or anybody else's business?"  And then he made that off-color remark that he "beat" her sometimes.  I'm sorry, but those two are weird to say the least.

            Oba-MA bumaye! Oba-MA bumaye!

            by fou on Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 12:22:19 PM PST

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            •  And I was reminded of another ugly little (4+ / 0-)
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              tidbit.  The day John first learned of Elizabeth's first cancer diagnosis was the day Kerry conceded.  The next day John began assembling his campaign staff for the '08 run.  ugh.

            •  Oh, for sure. I was never an Edwards supporter (4+ / 0-)
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              and always found him oily and smarmy. My best friend has lived in Raleigh for a long time and met him numerous times at social gatherings, so I knew he was never what he portrayed himself to be.

              I did have a lot of respect and time for Elizabeth, so I was disappointed that she enabled this behavior and nearly put us all in a terrible position. I just hate that Halperin's going after her for her perfectly justifiable angry, hurt and confused reaction instead of what you are talking about.

              I don't think we disagree at all, in other words :).

    •  woman are frequently called (2+ / 0-)
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      "paranoid" and "crazy." Especially by the likes of Halperin.

      As far as I'm concerned, she wasn't paranoid or crazy enough. Real crazy would have been kicking his ass to the curb.

      "This union may never be perfect, but generation after generation has shown that it can always be perfected." - Barack Obama (3.18.08)

      by lapis on Sat Jan 09, 2010 at 11:30:18 AM PST

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    •  I agree (2+ / 0-)
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      The NY Mag story fleshes it out, but while it makes clear she was difficult to work with, I came away from it even more sympathetic to her. She obviously went through hell and John comes off horribly.

    •  Well, remember that Edwards's personal staff (1+ / 0-)
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      was not exactly neutral in its investments.  They had to put up a charade constructed on lies, and those things just about always end with all sides pissed off and having said things they really regret but whose damage can't be undone.

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