Sympathy for the Betrayed in Politics

Tuesday, December 7, 2010


Elizabeth Edwards, the estranged wife of Sen. John Edwards due to his affair with his former videographer, died today after a lengthy battle with breast cancer.


An article on CNN.com was written shortly after her death telling a story of her life, including the time when she struggled with her husband's affair which led to the birth of a son by her husband with another woman.

Though her story is tragic, and her character was well known and well loved on the political scene, I can only wonder if I would have the same feelings reading this article if she had not been one of the many 'betrayed wives of politics'.

If she had just been any other wife to a senator who had lost a presidential campaign, would we, the public, recognize her as the moral hero that we do?

She was betrayed by someone in our public eye...someone who was hoping to lead our country.

The affair led to the couple's separation leaving the reader to feel even more sympathy for her at her death--she not only had to struggle through a long battle with cancer without her husband, but she had to die without him as well.

Elizabeth was certainly the one who came out "smelling like a rose" (so to speak) through all of this, and yet she is the one who is now lost.

We not only have sympathy for her at her death after her long fight with cancer, but we also have the added layer of sympathy for her after she was betrayed.

Rest in Peace, Elizabeth Edwards. I certainly hope that John realizes now, more than ever, how much you should, and will, be missed.

2 comments:

Erin Guzman December 7, 2010 at 8:18 PM  

Not sure how this relates to journalism...or technology. Or anything related to the class that is worth my while.

While this may be 'newsworthy' to someone in the political, moral, or feminine ethicist, it's not so much in relation to those of us in the class.

I'm not saying I don't have sympathy for Mrs. Edwards's situation. What I am saying is that I don't particularly see the connection between this topic and the contents of this blog. Calling for relevance...?

Victoria Jones December 13, 2010 at 8:16 PM  

I'm going to have to agree with Erin on this one. The only relevance I see in this article is the part about how Mr. Edwards had an affair with his videographer but I'm not sure this makes this blog TNATN worthy.

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