"New York Magazine's excerpt from the book Game Change about John and Elizabeth Edwards, 'Saint Elizabeth and the Ego Monster,' makes this the perfect time to stroll down memory lane," wrote The Nose on Your Face a few months back. Elizabeth Edwards died today, a life full of promise thwarted by something lacking at the center?
"I'm sensing a profound sistah connection between Elizabeth Edwards and Sarah Palin," we twittered this afternoon:
The difference? Left vs right political philosophy?
That and the luck of the marriage draw, perhaps? For Sarah, it seems, the family is the font of all good things, husband and wife equally pulling their weight. For Elizabeth a toxic mixture of power-crazed politics and reckless infidelity seems to have waylaid the golden girl on her path to fulfillment, she and her husband pulling in opposite directions that eventually derailed their utopian project to save the world. We were reading Palin's America by Heart while waiting for the doc at Mass Eye and Ear for our annual checkup this afta. [Good report, glad to tell. We're still seeing pretty straight.] Her message is mostly what Goomp calls "a lot of good stuff it's nice to be reminded of." When one of the Eye and Ear aides caught sight of what we were reading, we exchanged "the look." "Did you watch…" she began tentatively. "You mean 'Sarah Palin's Alaska?'" we replied with enthusiasm. Realizing we shared a taste for the forbidden fruit, she happily admitted her delight with the show and acknowledged she was totally looking forward to next Sunday's episode where actress Kate Gosselin loses it in the face of Sarah's sang froid before the elements. 'Course no one but us die-hard fans is reading Sarah's #2 New York Times best seller, according to MSNBC's Norah O'Donnell, who signalled her membership in the PDS tribe with a sudden new respect for GW's Decision Points, #1 on the NYT Bestseller List. No need to read original sources if you've got access to Journolist/Cabalist Central. [Under the radar is #3, The Autobiography of Mark Twain]. As Pete Ingemi said on DaTechGuy on DaRadio Saturday night (Sissy Talks!):
We had the whole Morning Joe crowd enamored with George Bush. In fact, as I mentioned on my own blog … how much does the mainstream media and especially MSNBC hate Sarah Palin? They hate her so much that they praise George W. Bush.
Unlike Sarah, who married her high school sweetheart and stuck by her man through thick and thin, Elizabeth Edwards married a hottie she met in law school who turned out to be a narcissistic, power-hungry monster. We were thinking about her life and the paths not taken as we read this afternoon of Edwards's death at 61 from a metastacizing breast cancer first diagnosed in the final days of her husband's vice-presidential candidacy. Checking out the early obituaries, we found our heart breaking:
Elizabeth Edwards dazzled her future husband and her classmates with her intelligence, humor, and grit. One classmate later recalled how she could stop a law professor cold after a 20-minute grilling on a case.
"The smartest lawyer I know is my wife, Elizabeth," John Edwards once said.
The loss of their son probably drove a stake through the heart of their marriage:
In 1996, Wade Edwards, who was 16 at the time, was killed in a wreck while driving from Raleigh to the family's beach house on Figure Eight Island, near Wilmington. To deal with her grief, Elizabeth Edwards retired from practicing law and withdrew from interacting with friends. Later, she found solace by spending countless hours in online bereavement chat rooms …
With her husband, she could be intensely affectionate or brutally dismissive. At times subtly, at times blatantly, she was forever letting John know that she regarded him as her intellectual inferior. She called her spouse a “hick” in front of other people and derided his parents as rednecks. One time, when a friend asked if John had read a certain book, Elizabeth burst out laughing. “Oh, he doesn’t read books,” she said. “I’m the one who reads books.”
Interesting that the lamestream media, mindlessly mouthing the mantra of Sarah Palin's lack of intellectual curiosity never thought to ask John Edwards what he was reading.
Update II: Michelle Malkin Buzzworthy link!
Sissy Willis has your quote of the day.
If this doesn't nail the press's hypocrisy, nothing does.
Update IV: Conservatives 4 Palin links.
Update V: The Anchoress links in one of her protein-rich linkfests:
Elizabeth Edwards and Sarah Palin: I would never have put ‘em together but Sissy Willis Does!