And listening to people debate whether or not John Edwards is doing the right thing by continuing the campaign was equally disturbing. Only John and Elizabeth Edwards can make that decision. Frankly, I don't know what people expect. As the Edwards' doctor explained yesterday, when breast cancer spreads to the bone, there is no longer a cure, there’s just treatment. Hopefully, it’ll be treatment that lasts for years. Is John Edwards supposed to stay sequestered in his house along with his wife, the two of them wallowing in fear and misery?
Naturally, Mrs. Edwards expects her husband to continue pursuing his dream. For him to drop out now would only heighten the agony and only make everything worse.
There's not much about John Edwards' politics that I like, but no one who knows him or his wife have any doubt about the deep and profound love they have for one another. She won't have to face this alone. And if her condition should worsen, it's pretty obvious that her husband will be by her side, just like he was after their teenage son was killed in an accident.
There's nothing about this week's announcement that should change any opinions about whether or not to consider John Edwards our future president. Believe me, there's enough about his liberal ideology that should prevent us from electing him.
But a personal tragedy like this should transcend politics. Agree with him or not, this is a man – and woman – who are deserving of our prayers.
I can almost picture some die-hard politicos shaking their heads and clucking at my empathy for the Edwards. After all, politics is blood sport, right?
Not for me. Not in this case.
I guess I just don't have what it takes. Oh well, so much for my dream of getting elected to anything at all…