The thought that John Edwards once had a legitimate chance at becoming president of the United States still terrifies me. Personal politics aside, I believe that most Americans now recognize this man for the worm that he is. Who can forget the way he was caught slinking around a California hotel on a post-midnight visit to the mistress (and her baby) he had apparently stashed there for just such occasions. Remember how he holed up (pun intended) in the hotel washroom for something like an hour hoping that the photographers would go away? The shallowness of the man was easier for some to spot than others, but for me the truth was forever exposed in that simple YouTube video showing Edwards combing and patting his hair for several minutes prior to a television appearance. That video earned him the "Breck Girl" title that he still carries.
Do you get the impression that I find John Edwards to be a despicable human being? Well, you're right. At the same time, though, except for the one instance in which she was involved in a political dirty trick of her own, I had great sympathy for Elizabeth Edwards. Still do, for the most part. But like so many people, I have to wonder what motivated her to not only write a tell-all book about life as Mrs. John Edwards, but to hit hard the publicity trail to talk about it to the likes of Oprah, Larry King, that bunch of harpies on the View, and Jon Stewart.
I can't begin to know why Elizabeth Edwards is opening up all the old family wounds again since she is supposedly still living with her husband (of course, that is a huge home and they may not actually see much of each other) while fighting a terminal illness. Perhaps it is her final revenge against a husband who has made her life so miserable and so embarassing. Could it be that she wants to embarrass Edwards and his lover,Rielle Hunter, so badly that Hunter will not dare marry Edwards when that opportunity finally presents itself? Is she trying to poison the minds of her children against their father by telling her side of the story while she still has the chance?
I have no idea. The one thing for sure is that she is not doing it just for the money, so it has to be for more personal reasons such as getting her feelings on paper now rather than leaving that to be done by others after her death.
But will the book actually sell in large numbers? Are that many people really interested in wallowing in all the Edwards mud one more time? Is this what we've come to, America? I, for one, cannot even imagine having this book on my shelves. Helping this woman degrade herself is not something I want to do.