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March 21, 2007

Edwards To Drop Out?

His campaign has sent out a very cryptic press release promising a news conference tomorrow, with Elizabeth, in North Carolina. He was scheduled to be in NYC tomorrow. Additionally, he missed a campaign appearance earlier this week to attend a doctor's appointment with Elizabeth. I'm hearing rumblings that he may drop out.

Update: I am, happily, hearing more contradictory things now, as the campaign is apparently telling folks not to assume the worst. There's not much reason for them to do that if they are announcing a definite end. But, for now, we really just don't know. Hoping for the best is all we've got, and I, for one, am hoping.

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He's too good looking, I fear.

Posted by: Dick Durata | Mar 22, 2007 12:17:44 AM

I really hope he doesn't have to drop out. Regardless of whether Edwards would be the best choice for Dems in 08, I think you have to admit that his presence in the campaign would have a significant and positive effect on it.

Posted by: Jason | Mar 22, 2007 12:21:59 AM

I hope she's okay. Goodness, I'm nervous.

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Mar 22, 2007 12:22:35 AM

Damn. What Neil and Jason said.

Posted by: Sanpete | Mar 22, 2007 12:30:24 AM

Dick, not the time.

Put the Republican talking points down.

This is real life.

Posted by: anonymous | Mar 22, 2007 12:31:11 AM

I'm not an Edwards supporter, but I like Elizabeth and hope she's okay. Seems like losing a child should be too much pain for any couple already, without major health problems at such a relatively young age on top of it.

Posted by: latts | Mar 22, 2007 12:36:22 AM

As has been mentioned elsewhere, it's highly unlikely that he'd do all this if Elizabeth's health were good. I hope that whatever setback she's had is not too serious.

Posted by: fiat lux | Mar 22, 2007 12:37:16 AM

Boy, Ann Coulter's joke just gets funnier and funnier, don't it?

If Elizabeth is ill, then him dropping out is the only sane thing he can do. You can't nurse a sick loved one and run for the Presidency. And given a choice, any decent human being would choose the former.

Edwards is a decent human being. So is his wife. All the best to them both.

Posted by: Jeff Fecke | Mar 22, 2007 12:39:42 AM

"telling folks not to assume the worst"

I don't think 'the worst' is him dropping out. I think 'the worst' would be a dramatic and sudden reduction in his wife's chances of survival. Even not-the-worst might result in his dropping out.

But who knows. You know what they say about speculation. It makes a spec out of you and lation.

Posted by: sidereal | Mar 22, 2007 1:00:21 AM

I don't think 'the worst' is him dropping out. I think 'the worst' would be a dramatic and sudden reduction in his wife's chances of survival.

Agreed. If "not the worst" is "Elizabeth is going to have a long struggle, but she's got a great chance of pulling through," then that's wonderful news in the grand scheme of things--but still probably means that Edwards would need to drop out, and rightly so. If "not the worst" is "well, it was a bit abnormal, but we think this is going to be pretty minor..." then maybe the campaign goes into hiatus for a month or two.

You know what they say about speculation. It makes a spec out of you and lation.

No doubt. It's like making an assumption--you make an ass out of you and umption.

Posted by: Jeff Fecke | Mar 22, 2007 1:09:34 AM

"Even not-the-worst might result in his dropping out."

Spot on, sidereal.


Tonight is a night for a generously healthy pour of scotch whiskey.

Posted by: Petey | Mar 22, 2007 1:37:13 AM

Funny, Petey, that I read your comment just as I'm putting the shotglass back on the nightstand. (cheap canadian whiskey though)

Posted by: Neil the Ethical Werewolf | Mar 22, 2007 1:41:38 AM

Just to say, I didn't catch the import. The snark mechanism jumped the gun. Apologies.

Posted by: Dick Durata | Mar 22, 2007 1:48:09 AM

i thought about all that she has gone through...
the loss of a child and the difficulties of breast cancer seem like a woman would not want to suffer the hardship and sleepless nights of the campaign trail.
hard to imagine the exhaustion and invasiveness of all that.
healing, nurturing and peacefulness, with family close by seems healthier.
she is a courageous woman who retains her softness and dignity. blessings for her.

we cant run faster than our angels can fly.

Posted by: jacqueline | Mar 22, 2007 8:20:22 AM

I, too, am trying to think positively. When a loved one is that sick, things that once seemed monumentally important and all-consuming are rapidly reduced to low-priority. It's amazing to watch it happen to others, but when it happens in one's own family, the priority shift is immediate and organic--it feels right, and it is right.

God bless the Edwards family. They need some grace right now.

Posted by: litbrit | Mar 22, 2007 8:52:13 AM

When I read the headline, I thought maybe it was because the Obama/Billary media circus was too much for him already. But its much, much worse than that. Here's hoping Elizabeth and the Edward's family make the right choice, whatever it may be, and make it through their ordeal.

Posted by: Adrock | Mar 22, 2007 9:18:28 AM

This is so darn sad. I really admire how Edwards has run this campaign so far, and his wife is perhaps his best campaign asset -- smart, wickedly funny, and down to earth. My prayers to the family. Whatever decision they make, may it be the best one for Elizabeth's health.

Posted by: Passing Shot | Mar 22, 2007 9:39:23 AM

I can't add much to what's already been said. If John Edwards drops out, it will be a sad thing for our country. Sadder still if it's because his wife's condition has worsened. Elizabeth Edwards is such an amazing, admirable person, and I'd hoped to meet her this Monday when she was going to come visit here in Cleveland. Now I'm just hoping everything's going to be ok.

Posted by: nolo | Mar 22, 2007 10:20:57 AM

Have they not announced the time?

Posted by: RW | Mar 22, 2007 11:25:05 AM

Noon, RW. Switch the telly on!

Posted by: litbrit | Mar 22, 2007 11:56:12 AM

You can watch it streamed live, too, on the Chapel Hill NBC affiliate.

Posted by: litbrit | Mar 22, 2007 11:58:04 AM

breaking news has Edwards staying in the race...

Posted by: DivGuy | Mar 22, 2007 12:36:42 PM

This reminds me of a friend of our family. She got a different kind of cancer, much more aggressive than breast cancer, but she had it for YEARS. Like, 10 years.

That's a good point, that it's like diabetes. It's not curable anymore, but it's treatable. You can either live, or you can give up. I'm glad she's not giving up.

Posted by: anonymous | Mar 22, 2007 12:54:21 PM

just musing....
wondering about the sacrifices people are willing to make for all sorts of reasons...
is the presidential election that important to john edwards?
how much stuff can a person/family deal with at once?
cant you create a tremendous sphere of positive influence without going through the punishingly formidable task of trying to become president at such a juncture?
....it is hard enough to keep a regular job when there are family pressures and illness....but doing this...
....just musing on priorities, needs and timing.
i'd rather be helping my children cope with all of this,then calling from a campaign bus rolling into dayton, ohio and getting the family update.
....just sharing a thought.

Posted by: jacqueline | Mar 22, 2007 1:45:59 PM

Jacqueline, I'm sure his wife has made it clear to him that she wants him to stay in the race. She plans to continue to help him campaign. She has a stake in this too. This may actually be a better way to deal with it than sitting around at home.

Posted by: Sanpete | Mar 22, 2007 3:46:43 PM

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