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Mrs. Edwards Slammed For Her Cover-up

From an outraged Associated Press:

Edwards’ wife criticized for silence on affair

By MIKE BAKER

Aug 26

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two weeks after a devastating revelation sent her husband into political exile, Elizabeth Edwards isn’t getting the steady sympathy usually afforded to a woman scorned.

Instead, she’s faced criticism from dedicated Democrats who think she was too willing to keep the affair a secret to help John Edwards’ political ambitions, as well as her own.

At a time when she was expected to hold a prominent role in pushing an agenda of improved health care for Americans, she stands silent. While fellow Democrats converge in Denver to nominate Barack Obama for president, Edwards remains in seclusion in North Carolina.

It seems an odd way to treat a woman with incurable cancer wronged by a cheating husband, the latest in a series of deep hardships in life that includes the death of a teenage son.

But some former followers have questioned the recklessness of keeping the affair under wraps even though her husband – a former U.S. senator, two-time presidential candidate and the 2004 vice presidential nominee – said he confessed the affair in 2006, before the campaign began in earnest the next year.

“I think she’s complicit,” said Brad Crone, a Raleigh-based Democratic consultant. “Obviously, she knew. While she’s the victim, she clearly didn’t stand in the way of the cover-up.”

On a liberal blog that Elizabeth Edwards frequents, she explained why she stayed silent after her husband told her of the affair: “This was our private matter, and I frankly wanted it to be private because as painful as it was I did not want to have to play it out on a public stage as well.” …

“It’s a setback for both of them,” said Chris Lehane, a Democratic consultant who helped President Clinton through his cheating scandal. “The question for her – as well as for him – is what is their foundation? What gives them a platform to engage in public issues? …

In a post on the liberal blog Daily Kos, where Edwards has her own diary, she pleaded for privacy and later seemed to explain why she stuck by her spouse and his presidential ambitions.

“An imperfect man with a truly progressive vision who spoke to and for those whom others ignored? Yes, that is who I supported,” she wrote. “An imperfect man who had come to face his own imperfections and was seeking to redeem himself to those closest to him? Yes, that is who I supported.”

Some responded to the affair with words of kindness, while others angrily suggested that keeping the secret was no less a sin that the one committed by her philandering husband.

“She knew she should not have participated in him running for president with this bomb waiting to go off. She did. She kinda loses my sympathy,” wrote one poster.

I believe we are all owed a huge apology, not self-serving claims for pity by both John and Elizabeth Edwards, who both knew about the affair and both decided to go forward and seek the Democratic candidacy, regardless of the Titanic risk,” wrote another.

Elizabeth Edwards is famously a denizen of the Internet. But she has not posted under her own name at Daily Kos since that day, nor has she posted anything on the Web site of the Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank in Washington where she writes about health care…

“I thought it was very naive on both their parts,” said Betsy Wells, who was an Edwards delegate at the Democratic convention four years ago and worked for each of his three campaigns for office. “It would be very sad if he were the nominee of our party right now.”

Funny, but the Associated Press and their Democrat hack “sources” didn’t say boo about Mrs. Hillary Rodham Clinton covering up for her husband.

Heck, we have recently learned that Hillary even eavesdropped on Bill’s bimbos to get dirt on them. And that story didn’t even get reported by our watchdog media or garner any outrage at the Daily Kos.

But that was then and this is now.

“It’s a setback for both of them,” said Chris Lehane, a Democratic consultant who helped President Clinton through his cheating scandal. “The question for her – as well as for him – is what is their foundation? What gives them a platform to engage in public issues?”

Oh, our sides…

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