Monday, March 26, 2007

Another Controversy

Rush Limbaugh apparently took some flak for making a cynical comment about John Edwards on Friday, and several blogs are reporting he felt vindicated today. I didn't know the facts, so I looked them up. I love search engines.

On Friday, Rush said
Now, let me say something else that might be accused of cynicism. What is their religion? I don't doubt they're "religious people," but we talked about how political people are different than you and I -- and, you know, most people when told a family member's been diagnosed with the kind of cancer Elizabeth Edwards has, they turn to God. The Edwards turned to the campaign. Their religion is politics and the quest for the White House. It's not just with them. That's part and parcel of political people.
Note the generic "political people," not specific to Edwards, progressives, or Democrats, though he uses that background idea as an explanation for Edwards' behavior.

Elizabeth Edwards quote to Katie Couric:
"This is what we believe in. This is what we're spending our lives doing. It's where our heart and soul is. And we can not stop."
Darn close to being a religion, I'd say. I am not prescribing any specific action that I think "real" Christians would do in the face of this news. I have no idea. But the underlying attitude bothers me.

4 comments:

Bugs said...

I don't know. I guess if your lifetime dream was to visit Afghanistan and you found out you had cancer, you might hurry up and visit Afghanistan. Same if your dream was to be President/First Lady. Go for it - this might be your only chance.

Not sure about the religious component. If you believe God is tapping you on the shoulder saying "it's time to go," maybe you'll try to finish whatever business you believe he's called you to do. Although that brings up the question of why he's bringing you home before you've completed your earthly task.

Personally, I believe that Politics was created by Satan to deceive Mankind. Consequently, my final moment will not occur somewhere on the campaign trail.

Assistant Village Idiot said...

Heh.

Teri said...

I would respect Edwards more if he said "At this time, nothing is more important to me than supporting my wife. I've decided to discontinue my campaign for the Presidency." Guess it would be too much to ask for him to spend a little time with her during what may well be a terminal disease.

reddog said...

I'm sure Elizabeth sees the writing on the wall. She probably just wants to continue on with her life the way it is for as long as possible.

It's what I'd do. When things are truly hopeless, denial is the best medicine.