Former Sen. John Edwards (D-N.C.) announced today he would stay in the 2008 presidential race even though his wife Elizabeth’s breast cancer has recurred and spread to the bone and will require further treatment.
“The campaign goes on,” he said. “The campaign goes on strongly.”
The couple made the announcement at a joint press conference here that was hastily arranged after they visited Elizabeth Edwards’s doctor yesterday for a follow-up exam.
John Edwards said he would not put his presidential aspirations on hold while his wife undergoes treatment but stressed he would step away from campaigning to be with his wife “any time any place . . . if she needs me.”
Obviously reached jointly this is quite the bold decision.
Exceedingly so, in light of what follows —
“Elizabeth Edwards’ doctor told reporters she has metastatic Stage IV breast cancer that has spread to other parts of her body. Medical tests yesterday confirmed that her cancer has spread to the bone, the couple announced.
“The biopsy showed the cancer had returned” and spread, John Edwards said. Nonetheless, he added, “We are very optimistic about this.”
The cancer is not curable but it is treatable, John Edwards said.”
IOW, very bad news. One’s heart cannot help but go out to them. But as we all know, for Republicans hearts are as optional as tonsils.
The announcement came on the heels of a last-minute decision by Edwards this week to cancel an event in Iowa to accompany his wife to a doctor’s appointment yesterday. Elizabeth Edwards was diagnosed with breast cancer at the end of her husband’s unsuccessful 2004 campaign as the Democratic vice presidential nominee. She subsequently underwent extensive treatment.
Her husband has repeatedly said he would put his wife’s well-being first; he announced that he would mount a second bid for the presidency after she was given a clean bill of health.
After a doctor’s appointment Monday, Elizabeth Edwards, 57, was summoned for further tests.
“Mrs. Edwards is having a follow-up medical appointment [Wednesday] to a routine test she had on Monday,” read a statement from the Edwards campaign Tuesday. “She’s had similar follow-ups in the past and they’ve all resulted in a clean bill of health, but Senator Edwards has gone with her to these appointments and he wanted to be with her tomorrow too.”
The Edwardses have had four children. Their oldest son, Wade, died in a car crash in 1996. After her diagnosis in 2004, Mrs. Edwards wrote about her illness in an autobiography, “Saving Graces.”
Well, so much for that.
After all, as the estimable Ann Coulter reminds us John Edwards is a faggot.
So what does that make Mrs. Edwards? Why a beard, of course. And the Democrat Republicans delight in referring to as “The Breck Girl” certainly can do with a shave, no?
Ann Coulter knows quite a lot about being a beard
Not to mention knowing a faggot when she sees one.
a fortiori she may know more than one of two things about cancer too, in that just a month or so back she paid a housecall on the just-deceased Cathy Seipp, on the arm of the resolutely heterosexual Mickey Kaus.
One awaits her doubtless compassionate comments on Mr. and Mrs. Edwards with what Dr. Frank N. Furter would call “Antici. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . PATION!”