Time.com: Can Edwards’ Campaign Just Go On?…Who benefits from the Edwards’ misery???

In what may strike some people as cynical and in poor taste, an article over at Time.com is already posing the question,  Can the Edwards’ campaign just go on? 

Other questions include, Will doners stop giving him money? Can the Edwards truly be able to go all the way despite her diagnosis of stage four breast cancer? What happens if they can’t? Who benefits?

From the article:

Edwards is staying in the race, so the effect of today’s announcement on the Democratic contest will be limited. But there will be an effect. Despite his and his wife’s optimism, political professionals, donors, activists and regular voters will all have to wonder going forward whether or not Edwards will be able to stay in the race all the way to the end. It is certainly true that with effective treatment, Elizabeth Edwards could live many years. But it is also true that even the best treatment isn’t always effective, and that bone cancer is particularly lethal. Edwards’ supporters, and surely many average Americans, have to be wondering at what point the candidate will decide that his duties as husband and father to three children, including a 6 and 8 year old, trump his duty to his country and the cause of winning the White House.

Further down:

If his wife’s cancer at some point forces Edwards to withdraw, who would benefit? Though decidedly second-tier candidates, Senators Joe Biden and Chris Dodd would suddenly become the leading white male contenders for the nomination. But neither is a natural replacement for Edwards. Biden is running almost entirely on the strength of his foreign policy experience. Dodd is running as a Washington veteran who can get things done. Neither is plausible as a populist.

But Al Gore is. If Edwards goes, Democrats unsatisfied with the field will see a new and compelling rationale for a Gore candidacy. uhref = ‘http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=’ + location.href; function fbs_click() { u=location.href + ‘?eref=FromFacebookShare’; t=document.title; void(window.open(‘http://www.facebook.com/sharer.php?u=’+encodeURIComponent(u)+’&t=’+encodeURIComponent(t), ‘sharer’,’toolbar=no,width=642,height=435′)); return false; }

I wonder when pundits on TV be asking these questions? Is it soon? Will Republicans stay away from these questions to avoid looking insesitive?

My heart goes out to the Edwards family. I can’t imagine how upset and scared they must be. However,  as I watched the press conference yesterday I was a little surprised by one point John Edwards made and the writer from TIME picked up on it as well.  Jay Carney writes:

Both said there was never a debate yesterday, as they were receiving the news about her condition, about whether he should drop out of the race.  John said that when the two of them were alone, Elizabeth was concerned about everyone but herself—her children, her husband and her country, in that order, but not herself.

He clearly meant it to be inspiring, but there is also something discomfiting about that statement. Even more discomfiting was Edwards’ claim that by soldiering on while his wife has incurable cancer, he would be proving that he could deal with the pressures of being president. I wonder how voters will react to that sentiment.

I had the exact same thought.


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