January 13, 2010

John & Elizabeth & Rielle & Truth

Ah. You don't know what you don't know. Until an book like this appears.

Everyone followed the John and Elizabeth Edwards saga(s)shocked. Well, maybe. Hard to shock most of us anymore. But the whole ridiculous personal sideshow of a one-time presidential (maybe) candidate showed off a side of him that made his 400 buck haircut look quaint. Nothing like a cancer-stricken devoted wife squaring off with a crazy-eyed pregnant mistress to distract the voters.

They'd rolled the family tragedy thing into a tight ball of tear-provoking pieces in every form of media you can name. A killed oldest son, a terminal cancer diagnosis for a woman who has stood by her man and children while building her own career and only looking haggard after chemo, well, hell. You can't write this stuff.

Of course the revelation that John the Shmuck had fathered a kid on the side, with a woman who he had glued to his side for months and months ("If you have a secret, hide it right out in the open!" errr, maybe not)only added to the star power and dignity of Saint Elizabeth.

With the release of this book by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin (Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime), lots of nasty stuff tumbling out of the laundry. And yes, it's salacious as hell. Whaddya expect?

I've long said you know nothing about a marriage unless you are one of the people within it. And I mean one of the two people. And even then, well, you don't know everything. Why is so surprising when those we've pictured wearing halos end up having feet of clay?

Terrific read I've linked from an excerpt in New York Magazine. It'll take you fifteen minutes or so, but it's great.


Anonymous jmd said...

These people are, in my humble opinion, all nuts.

January 13, 2010 3:32 PM  
Blogger Lorraine said...


You crack me up.

January 13, 2010 3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

horny nuts.

January 14, 2010 9:24 AM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

Two words for them all, "Rabbit Run" by John Updike. Two words for ladies who are inconvenienced by the men, "rabbit test."

January 14, 2010 9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I can't believe i read that whole thing...some people really need to get over themselves.
Truly makes me appreciate my boring little life. Work, kids and home, there is nothing like it.

January 14, 2010 11:19 AM  

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