Trailing Badly in the Dim 2008 Race, Edwards Eyes the Sympathy VoteMarch 22nd, 2007 at 11:59 am by Preston Taylor Holmes
Running hard, but losing ground while chasing the political ambulances of Hitlery and Osama Hussein, John Edwards has decided to play the “C” card. C for sympathy.
“The biopsy showed the cancer had returned, It was malignant, so the net result of all the tests is that her cancer is back, it is largely confined in bone, which is a good thing,” Edwards said from their hometown of Chapel Hill, N.C.
Edwards made no plans to suspend his campaign. He and his wife attended a campaign-related barbecue in their hometown of Chapel Hill, N.C., on Wednesday night. The couple is going together to California, Boston and New York for events scheduled through the week end.
“The campaign goes on, the campaign goes on strongly,” John Edwards said.
“I intend to do all the things I did last week, next week,” Elizabeth Edwards said.
It is not clear how many points Edwards will now rise in the polls, but the Senator is hopeful that this turn for the worse will ignite his third-place-and-falling candidacy.
UPDATE: I’m not the only one calling it like it is.
UNINTENDED HILARITY UPDATE: As the silky pony show was initially leaked to the news media, the scuttlebutt was that Prince Edwards was going to drop out of the race. Ryan Sager (via Insty) notes the difference in before & after coverage from Emotional Andy:
What will all the folks say who just said Mr. Edwards had his priorities straight in dropping out?
Particularly amusing: Andrew Sullivan vs. Andrew Sullivan…
Here’s Mr. Sullivan at 12:17: “Edwards Suspends Campaign: He does it because his wife has a recurrence of cancer in some degree to be further explored. It is of a piece with his character to do this; and a simple testament that he has the right priorities and values to be a president of the United States.”
Here’s Mr. Sullivan at 12:39: “Edwards Forges On: The campaign should go on, as life goes on. It should neither help nor hurt it. But I will say this: Elizabeth Edwards is a truly remarkable human being. And her marriage is an inspiration to all of us.”
Heh, Indeed! Which is it, sweetcakes? Family hero or The Greatest American Hero? I guess he’s just the Greatest American Situational Hero.
UPDATE THE THIRD: Right Wing Duck has a very insensitive poll. Horribly insensitive.