John Edwards’ political career lies cold in a shallow grave, where it belongs, but it’s worth remembering how close a man like this came to the executive branch of the the government:
After the former presidential hopeful confessed his betrayal, Elizabeth Edwards writes in her new book, “I cried and screamed, I went to the bathroom and threw up.”
Elizabeth, 59, who is terminally ill with cancer, speaks in far more detail than before about her husband’s infidelity in her new memoir, “Resilience,” due to be published May 12 by Broadway Books.
But she had actually wanted him to quit the race to protect the family. Edwards admitted the hanky-panky to her days after declaring his candidacy in 2006 – almost a year before the National Enquirer reported it.
She was afraid of the destructive questions Edwards’ affair with videographer Rielle Hunter would raise.
Later events proved her right. “He should not have run,” she says.
Even when Edwards confessed to his wife, he lied, claiming he had slipped up just once, Elizabeth writes. His original version of the story “left most of the truth out,” she writes.
So he lied when he confessed to her, yet still put her through the humiliation of the inevitable discovery of the affair—even after her diagnosis of terminal cancer.
And I know people who cried when this became public because they knew his career was over. We should have prayed, in gratitude.