March 25, 2007

Not Cute, Courageous

During the 2004 primary campaign in Iowa, I heard Elizabeth Edwards frequently referred to as 'cute,' in the context of people describing why they supported Sen. Edwards. I didn't know much about her at the time, and articles about the prospective First Ladies' fashion choices and superficial reviews of their temperaments irritated me no end. And I thought, 'Cute, well great. We should just send the candidates home then and vote for the one with the cutest wife. We are all sodding well doomed.'

But as it happens, Elizabeth Edwards would be better described as courageous, gracious, strong, maybe just amazing. And yeah, it's a big plus in John Edwards' favor, to me anyway, that he picked and stood by someone with so much depth of character.

Elizabeth Edwards from the hospital, via Daily Kos, via the New York Times:

"I expect to live a long time," Mrs. Edwards said. "I expect us to have lots and lots of years together. I do believe that. But if thatís not the case, I donít want my legacy to be that I pulled somebody who ought to be president out of the race. Itís not fair to me, in a sense."

It isn't often in a campaign that you get to see how a candidate responds to adversity, and after the death of their son, Wade, this is about as bad as it gets. This is how the Edwards family responds in a crisis of the most intensely personal kind.

I'm thinking, if John Edwards had been tempted to dawdle in office while New Orleans drowned, and I get the impression that wouldn't happen, Elizabeth would have only had to give him a Look. That would have been that.

This isn't an endorsement or anything, but if Edwards' name is at the top of the ticket come next November, I'll not grumble about voting for him. But he better appoint Gore to head the EPA, tell you what.

Posted by natasha at March 25, 2007 11:00 AM | US Politics | TrackBack(1) | Technorati links |