Some commentators have brought up the issue of why did Elizabeth Edwards go along with her husband’s campaign for president once she knew about his affair in 2006. It’s a legitimate question. Edwards was selfish and reckless in his decision to run after having this affair, and one has to ask whether she, despite being the personal victem here, also was reckless in risking the Democratic chances in case he did get the nomination.
Apparantly, she’s starting to let some of the details out with the story in the current issue of People Magazine. Andrea Mitchell is now on Hardball, and according the Mitchell Mrs. Edwards was told about the affair by John Edwards around the time of New Year’s Eve 2006, several days AFTER he had annouced his decision to run for president.
If this is true, she was obviously in a very tough position, as the campaign had already been announced. It must have made the whole situation that much tougher for her. In this context, she was not a part of the decision, though she ultimately went along with it.
As for John Edwards, this makes him look even worse, if that’s at all possible. I suspect that as more information comes out we’ll see that he’s lied about many more details as well.