Clowns and Jokers

The news cycle for the past 48 hours has been weird. Maybe even too weird for me. And that's quite an accomplishment.

First, there the whole Elizabeth Edwards thing, which has gone beyond the usual shocked politician wife who stands her man story. She knew about it and still campaigned for Edwards. She blames Rielle for the whole thing. With Elizabeth's latest book, she's reminds everyone that he was a cheater, but continues to say with him. She also exposing her kids to more stories about her no good husband.

Not sure what to say about that one. It's too weird, and weirdly sad, to comment on.

6a00d83451b05569e201156ffd5242970b-450wi Weirdly funny goes to Levi Johnson and Bristol Palin. I first saw Levi on Tyra a couple months ago. He is very cute and very dumb. Bristol isn't a brain trust herself. And they are now the Carville/Maitlin of sex education? This is going to end very badly, but I'm not sure how.

11 thoughts on “Clowns and Jokers

  1. Elizabeth Edwards is disappointing me. I guess everyone is human, but it is sad.
    A friend just told me she said that whether or not Rielle’s kid is John’s doesn’t matter to her. Well, it should, my friend says, because it will matter to her children.
    But the poor woman has so much to deal with that I feel inclined to cut her some slack. (Note: I have not actually watched Oprah, mainly because I never watch Oprah if I can avoid it. Same goes for The View.)

  2. This entire Edwards nightmare has been heartbreaking. I know it sounds naive, but I really thought better of them, and I hate being proved wrong over and over.

  3. I’ve been loosely following these stories because they are interesting, but I think ‘weird’ isn’t the right way to describe them. “Rich, powerful man sleeps with somebody younger and dumber than his wife” is pretty much a cliche. “Wife writing a book about it” is a twist, but everybody in the news writes a book these days.
    “Two-attractive-but-not-alarming-bright-kids-make-baby-in-awkward-situation” probably describes the origin of 10 to 45% of the human race. The wide range is given because definitions of “attractive”, “bright,” and “awkward” do vary.

  4. It seems to me that, when you find out your husband of 28 years has had an affair, you have two choices.
    (A) Leave him and ask for a divorce. (This is perfectly reasonable, and often a great idea.)
    (B) Decide to stay with him and work through it and get past it.
    Assuming that both (A) and (B) are reasonable options in some circumstance, then once Elizabeth Edwards has chosen (B), I think you kind of have to “ignore” the affair in making other decisions.
    If your usual evening conversation is something like “Elizabeth, can you do the dishes tonight? I did them last night.” “No, John. Do them tonight also, because you had an affair with younger woman!” then you are not the type of person who should be choosing (B). I agree that it takes a special mindset to be able to “get over” infidelity, but the fact that Elizabeth Edwards did (or is trying to) does not constitute a failing on her part.
    As to why she allowed John to keep running despite the fact that he had his own “Monica and Gennifer,” well . . . Clinton had a Monica and a Gennifer, and still managed to be a relatively successful two term President.

  5. I agree with Ragtime, though I’m guessing that neither John nor Elizabeth does the dishes and that from now on the person that does the dishes (and the rest of their help) will be watched more closely by Elizabeth.

  6. Ragtime, Elizabeth has two young children and will be dead in probably two or three years. She has an adult daughter. All of those people will be better off if she stays married to the guy – not least because it gives him time to get over his infatuation with Rielle, and if he were to rush into her arms (as he might well if divorced) there goes a lot of the inheritance and attention her kids can expect from John. Her options are very limited, but it seems that what she’s done is optimal for her children.
    Edwards may well have been inspired to hope for a victory and decent Presidency by the memory of Bill prevailing despite Monica and Gennifer (and Paula, and Kathleen, and Juanita, and Dolly, and God only knows who else) but the flaw in that plan is that a big basis of his appeal was the swell and faithful family image, where Clinton had brains and Rhodes scholar etc.

  7. “…the flaw in that plan is that a big basis of his appeal was the swell and faithful family image, where Clinton had brains and Rhodes scholar etc.”
    Good point. Also, note that (strictly hypothetically) Obama would have had a much harder time getting elected with “bimbo eruptions.”

  8. I forgot Belinda and the lady who sued Joe Klein after her portrait was a little too recognizable in Primary Colors. Sorry, guys…

  9. “Elizabeth, can you do the dishes tonight?”
    “No, I need to write another chapter of my book about how you cheated on me before I put the kids to bed.”
    I’m good with weird, and dave s. explanation has merit too — but why write the book?
    I wonder how Silda’s book is coming along.

  10. Alison asked, ‘why write the book?’ – it’s easy to over-analyze, and if I were facing imminent death and had been betrayed by my husband in so Technicolor a fashion I might just want to spray vitriol. But, if she is planning, a book like that can make it difficult for him to remarry after her death, making him damaged goods. And she could see that, again, as benefitting those she cares for most.

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