Like many people, I am saddened by John Edwards‘ admission of an extramarital affair. Not that I care for the panty sniffing excess of the National Enquirer, but it’s never pleasant to see families you respect going through unnecessary hard times.
Elizabeth Edwards responds to the matter in a diary at Kos.
John has spoken in a long on-camera interview I hope you watch. Admitting one’s mistakes is a hard thing for anyone to do, and I am proud of the courage John showed by his honesty in the face of shame. The toll on our family of news helicopters over our house and reporters in our driveway is yet unknown. But now the truth is out, and the repair work that began in 2006 will continue. I ask that the public, who expressed concern about the harm John’s conduct has done to us, think also about the real harm that the present voyeurism does and give me and my family the privacy we need at this time.
If only it were that simple. My response is as follows:
We love you both Elizabeth. But it ceased to be a private matter when John decided to run for president, and you decided to support him in the matter KNOWING this was hovering out there, and KNOWING it could blow up at the eleventh hour.
Had John been the candidate – and a lot of us donated funds and worked our butts off in hopes that would be the case – a bombshell like this might well have tipped the balance to the GOP, something the nation can ill afford.
We love you both, and we wish nothing but the best for your family. But the sequence of events shows a profound lack of perspective and poor judgment, and the American People are owed an apology from both of you.