Gender bias
Posted by aogMonday, 20 August 2007 at 10:43 TrackBack Ping URL

Tammy Bruce has a post about John Edwards acting out. What I find interesting is that even Bruce, one of the rare breed of avowed and intelligent feminists, writes

One would think, with a spouse in a fight with terminal cancer, that they would want to spare her or at least their children the spectacle of dragging themselves through the mud in their desperate effort for power.

But why the presumption that it’s John who is pushing this campaign? Based on how out spoken Elizabeth Edwards has been, I think it’s more likely that she’s the driving force. She certainly doesn’t come across as the smiling, silent wife who is enduring her husband’s career effort, but rather someone who revels in the publicity and attention. Who would pay the slightest attention to her if he weren’t campaigning for President?

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erp Monday, 20 August 2007 at 11:23

The word unseemly comes to mind.

David Cohen Monday, 20 August 2007 at 17:29

I agree with AOG. I think that Mrs. Edwards is pushing this campaign and also the reason her husband has moved so sharply left. I don’t find it unseemly, mostly because I think Edwards understands his own motivation.

Michael Herdegen Tuesday, 21 August 2007 at 09:22

So the Edwards campaign is essentially “Make-a-Wish” for Elizabeth ?

Annoying Old Guy Tuesday, 21 August 2007 at 10:24

To some extent. I think John Edwards likes it too, but I think it’s Elizabeth Edwards who is the engine of the effort and that it’s really about her getting a spotlight more than a drive for power.

erp Tuesday, 21 August 2007 at 11:59

… which is why it’s unseemly.

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