Elizabeth Edwards

The Return Of The Edwards Scandal
February 03, 2009

Just when you thought you'd never have to hear about John Edwards and Rielle Hunter again, word comes that Elizabeth Edwards is publishing another book--this one called Resilience. It will come out in May and will, according to Elizabeth's publicist, address her husband's "affair and how she experienced it." On the one hand, I can see why Edwards would want to tell her side of this story. On the other hand, I'm not sure how her desire to do that--in book-form no less--squares with her impassioned plea for privacy. --Jason Zengerle

Made Man
August 20, 2008

ON SATURDAY, MAY 17, 1980, Cindy Lou Hensley married Navy Captain John McCain at the First United Methodist Church on Central Avenue in Phoenix, not far from the bride’s childhood home. After the ceremony, the wedding entourage headed nearly three miles east to the Arizona Biltmore resort, a sprawling gray oasis designed by a Frank Lloyd Wright protégé in the 1920s. Guests fêted the couple in the resort’s Aztec Room, an elegant, twelve-sided banquet hall with a vaulted, gold-leaf ceiling. The 25-year-old bride seemed impervious to the desert heat.

Rush Limbaugh: Relationship Counselor
August 13, 2008

Media Matters notes that, in his August 12 broadcast, Limbaugh floated the notion that maybe John Edwards got jiggy with Rielle because: We know -- we've been told that Elizabeth Edwards is smarter than John Edwards. That's part of the puff pieces on them that we've seen. Ergo, if Elizabeth Edwards is smarter than John Edwards, is it likely that she thinks she knows better than he does what his speeches ought to contain and what kind of things he ought to be doing strategy-wise in the campaign? If she is smarter than he is, could it have been her decision to keep going with the campaign?

Harry And Louise, Meet Elizabeth Edwards
July 03, 2008

Political autopsies of the failed campaign for universal health care in the 1990s frequently focus on the activities of special interests who opposed it. Not that many people saw the infamous "Harry and Louise" ads, in which an average-looking couple sat at their dining room table worrying that the Clinton health plan would take away their choice of doctor. But the ads came to symbolize the misleading, and expensive, lobbying campaign waged by small insurance companies, the pharmaceutical industry, and other conservative groups.

Second-order Wright Effects
April 29, 2008

Elizabeth Edwards just did an interview on MSNBC and didn't sound like a woman on the verge of endorsing a candidate. (She said she didn't envision making an endorsement prior to the North Carolina primary, but didn't entirely rule it out when pressed because, she said, you never know if some change of circumstance might push you in one direction or the other.) The interview got me thinking that the immediate benefit of the Wright press conference isn't that it puts the issue to rest, though it certainly could move us down that road.

Could Hillary Actually Win North Carolina?
April 25, 2008

Probably not. But she'd have a much better chance if she could persuade Elizabeth Edwards--who pretty clearly prefers her over Obama--to pull the trigger and give her a formal endorsement. I think at this point Elizabeth's endorsement might be worth more than John's--at least in North Carolina, since it would presumably carry a lot of weight in the Triangle, where Obama will likely rack up big enough margins to more than offset his weakness in rural parts of the state. You have to assume this thought has occurred to the Clinton people, as well. P.S.

Does Elizabeth Favor Hillary?
April 10, 2008

There's been a lot of speculation recently that Elizabeth Edwards is a closet Hillary supporter. Some more tea leaves from this article the NYT did on her today: She said she saw no problem with the fight over the Democratic nomination going to the national convention. And she said she agreed with Mrs. Clinton that superdelegates should weigh in as appropriate and did not necessarily need to vote the way their state or caucus had voted.

Why Obama (might Have) Alienated Elizabeth Edwards
March 31, 2008

Did Barack Obama fail to close the deal with John Edwards by seeming arrogant and insufficiently committed to his policy agenda? New York magazine's John Heilemann seems to imply as much in a much-discussed article that appeared on Friday. My colleague Noam Scheiber respectfully disagrees. Noam has better sources within the campaigns than I do (as, I presume, does Heilemann). So I'm really in no position to say who's right on the overall issue.

Did Obama Blow It With Edwards?
March 30, 2008

I have no reason to doubt John Heilemann's account of Obama's two meetings with Elizabeth and John Edwards after Edwards ended his campaign. But, like Mike Allen, I'm skeptical that that's the reason Edwards hasn't endorsed Obama. Heilemann writes: But now two months have passed since Edwards dropped out—tempus fugit!—and still no endorsement. Why? According to a Democratic strategist unaligned with any campaign but with knowledge of the situation gleaned from all three camps, the answer is simple: Obama blew it.

The Revealer
December 31, 2007

Elizabeth Edwards likes to tell other women that they're pretty. In her book, Saving Graces, she describes a classmate as a "pretty waif" and a hairdresser as having a "small, pretty face." A young girl who died in a car crash was somebody's "pretty daughter." A loyal fund-raiser's unnamed wife is "distractingly beautiful." Recently, she was chatting with supporters at a house party in New Hampshire, held in a living room crammed with antique dolls and interested locals.