John Edwards: Looking for a Surge in Support?

John and Elizabeth Edwards, the aspiring first couple, announced at a press conference that Elizabeth Edwards was once again suffering from breast cancer, this time in an incurable form. They expressed confidence that the disease could be managed with treatment, and that there would be no interruption in his campaign.

One can’t help but feel sorry for Mrs. Edwards and wish her the best of health. On the other hand, it is hard to comprehend why the couple should go public with this news in such a big way. The decision whether to continue in the race or not is entirely a personal decision and the Edwards family should be free to chose any path they like. But to make such a public deal about this, does raise questions about sincerity. Is this a crass move to gain public sympathy (as it is seems to have largely accomplished) and a blatant publicity stunt? I hope not, but its hard to argue with anyone who says it is.

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