It was hard watching a physically and emotionally unhealed Elizabeth Edwards stuttering her way through the difficult questions about John Edwards' affair and possible love child as a result thereof. At once I was angry at Mrs. Edwards' denial, saddened at her battle (with John and cancer), and perplexed at why she agreed to share it all on Oprah. For book sales? Or to get a message to Rielle Hunter that she's irrelevant? Not hardly. Rielle's just demanded that John take a DNA test and chances are pretty high that the baby he was holding outside that hotel room is his.
I cringed when Mrs. Edward's explained the baby holding pic by saying that politicians are known for holding babies. At secret meeting spots with their baby mamas?
Liz was very frank in the interview, with the only stipulation being not to mention John's mistress by name. When Oprah inquired why, Elizabeth responded:
"You know, somebody wants to stand in the light, you know, that shines on John, that's one thing," she said. "If they somehow, you know, work at destroying my family and my home in order to get into that light, I'm really not interested in them being in the light too much. It's not about this woman. It's about this family."When asked about her kids' response to the affair she said, "maybe the cancer's a bigger thing in their lives than this woman's passing through." I'm sure this is true for the children, and I can't help but wonder why the cancer doesn't totally trump the affair for Elizabeth as well.
She brought up a good point, however, when she said that women need to stick together. Although Elizabeth unfairly put very little blame at her guilty husband's feet, she's right. If women banned together and stopped dating involved men, men would be forced to be faithful; they'd probably want to be faithful to their own strong, morally upright, woman.
To put it a little more bluntly: Don't worry about what the men are doing; just worry about what YOU are doing. If everyone does what they're supposed to do, everything will balance out and get back on track.
Video of Rielle: