Girls Write Out
Sunday, March 25, 2007
I'll admit, when I heard John Edwards was going to run for president, despite his wife's recurrence of cancer, I blew a gasket. This is the same woman (Elizabeth Edwards) who lost their sixteen year old son in a car accident. Her memoir recounting the incident, and its aftermath, is heart-wrenching. I dare any mother to read it and not bawl with empathy.

So my question to Mr. John Edwards is, do you really think this country needs you so desperately that we'd take you away from your family right now? I mean, the race is pretty full of capable candidates. I understand Mrs. Edwards saying that she wants her husband to run. It's his lifelong dream, she doesn't want to stand in his way. What loving wife would? But it's YOUR turn to stand up and support HER, Mr. Edwards! This isn't about you anymore. It's your turn to be there for her and your children now!

She's given up enough for your career and I think, you're going to have a hard time convincing the American public (especially its wives) that you have anything to offer, other than a selfish desire for power! Maybe it's because this year, we lost one of my husband's best friends to colon cancer, or just last week, my dear friend Jane Orcutt to leukemia, but dude, you totally need to learn what matters in life. Until you do, you're not fit for any office. Go ahead. Prove me wrong!
posted at 9:51 PM  
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At 10:42 PM, Blogger Megan DiMaria said...

Preach on, Kristin. I saw the Mr. and Mrs. Edwards on 60 Minutes tonight, and I couldn't believe what I was hearing. He just seems so selfish and ego centered. Yuck.

At 12:46 AM, Blogger Katie Johnson said...

I think you're spot on Kristin. I watched the news release with an aching heart. I know, without a shadow of a doubt that my own husband would give up everything for me if I were standing in her shoes...lifelong dream or not. I can't imagine the toll this will have on her poor body and spirit. The campaign trail is supposed to be just brutal. I'm keeping her in my prayers that he'll step back and evaluate his priorites. To everything there is a season.

Thanks for being vocal about it.

At 8:43 AM, Blogger Jenny said...

You said it all, Kristin.
Abundant blessings,
Jenny Cary

At 10:06 AM, Blogger Valerie said...

You took the words right out of my mouth. He's obviously not thinking of his truly important lagacy - his children. When his young ones look back on all of this, will they remember all the time their family spent together before their mother passed away, or will they remember phone calls from the (fruitless) campaign trail?

Selfishness is such a sad thing. Do we really want that in the White House?

At 10:07 AM, Blogger Rachel Hauck said...

Great post, Kristin. So true.


At 2:13 PM, Blogger allen etter said...

Keep in mind, this is the same guy who "Channeled" a dead girl during the closing arguments of a case he was trying.

At 4:26 PM, Blogger Tracy Ruckman said...

Amen, Kristin! Thank you for being so bold to say what so many of us were thinking!

Keep it up!

At 5:48 PM, Blogger Myrna said...

Poor woman. Left alone while he's on the road kissing other peoples' babies and posing for photo opps. He's young enough to wait another four years. What's the rush?

At 6:16 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

Worse yet, I heard she might be planning to go along on the road!! Can you imagine all the germs on the campaign trail? Someone with a compromised immune system shouldn't be out.

It's their choice, if that's what they want to do with her years, it just makes me sad.

At 8:35 PM, Blogger Southern-fried Fiction said...

I agree whole-heartedly. Her life-long dream is probably to see her children grow up and hold her granadchildren.

It's got to hurt when your husband chooses personal power over your health and his fmaily.

At 9:21 PM, Blogger Elaina M. Avalos said...

Amen, Kristin. People here in NC at least Raleigh eastward anyway have been a little perturbed at him anyway for the recent estate he just purchased when viewed in line with his speeches about poverty and wealth. And with him going forward with this campaign knowing what's in store for his wife in the long run is just wrong. I think everything I've seen from him, politics aside, when it comes to how he actually makes choices, makes him not fit to be President.

At 10:55 PM, Blogger jycal said...

Ok, we all have been around enough cancer to know that she has a very low chance of making it. I am AMAZED that his EGO is that huge. The local radio KGO had all these people calling in saying how they had to go on with their lives. What a pathetic joke. Since when does the "public" mean more than the family. I went on an 8 week missions trip when we thought my mom was ok with cancer. I will regret that for the rest of my days. Huge mistake, I wish I had known how selfish that was. I should be able to forgive myself, but I don't think I will until eternity.

At 11:04 PM, Blogger Kristin said...

It's so easy to justify ourselves when we want something, isn't it? I'm a queen of it, maybe that's why Edwards bugs me so much! But where is his counsel? What's his platform? Does anyone know? I mean, why him and not Baraq or Hilary? I mean, I know what the two of them bring to the table. I may not like it, but I know. Edwards? What is it, narcissism?

At 12:58 PM, Blogger Unknown said...

I would have been more impressed with him, had he, in his last campaign--when she was first diagnosed--dropped out and took care of her...and if he finds it within himself to do that now...THAT'S the caliber of man we need leading this country...not more of the selfishness that has plagued us for so long. Stay home, Mr. Edwards...that's where you belong...


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