Sarah Palin and Elizabeth Edwards, sisters under the skin?

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“New York Magazine’s excerpt from the book Game Change about John and Elizabeth Edwards, ‘Saint Elizabeth and the Ego Monster,’ makes this the perfect time to stroll down memory lane,” wrote The Nose on Your Face a few months back. Elizabeth Edwards died today, a life full of promise thwarted by something lacking at the center?

“I’m sensing a profound sistah connection between Elizabeth Edwards and Sarah Palin,” we twittered this afternoon:

The difference? Left vs right political philosophy?

That and the luck of the marriage draw, perhaps? For Sarah, it seems, the family is the font of all good things, husband and wife equally pulling their weight. For Elizabeth a toxic mixture of power-crazed politics and reckless infidelity seems to have waylaid the golden girl on her path to fulfillment, she and her husband pulling in opposite directions that eventually derailed their utopian project to save the world. We were reading Palin’s America by Heart while waiting for the doc at Mass Eye and Ear for our annual checkup this afta [Good report, glad to tell. We’re still seeing pretty straight.]. Her message is mostly what Goomp calls “a lot of good stuff it’s nice to reminded of.” […]

Unlike Sarah, who married her high school sweetheart and stuck by her man through thick and thin, Elizabeth Edwards married a hottie she met in law school who turned out to be a narcissistic, power-hungry monster. We were thinking about her life and the paths not taken as we read this afternoon of Edwards’s death at 61 from a metastacizing breast cancer first diagnosed in the final days of her husband’s vice-presidential candidacy. Checking out the early obituaries, we found our heart breaking:

Elizabeth Edwards dazzled her future husband and her classmates with her intelligence, humor, and grit. One classmate later recalled how she could stop a law professor cold after a 20-minute grilling on a case.

“The smartest lawyer I know is my wife, Elizabeth,” John Edwards once said.

The loss of their son probably drove a stake through the heart of their marriage:

In 1996, Wade Edwards, who was 16 at the time, was killed in a wreck while driving from Raleigh to the family’s beach house on Figure Eight Island, near Wilmington. To deal with her grief, Elizabeth Edwards retired from practicing law and withdrew from interacting with friends. Later, she found solace by spending countless hours in online bereavement chat rooms …

With her husband, she could be intensely affectionate or brutally dismissive. At times subtly, at times blatantly, she was forever letting John know that she regarded him as her intellectual inferior. She called her spouse a “hick” in front of other people and derided his parents as rednecks. One time, when a friend asked if John had read a certain book, Elizabeth burst out laughing. “Oh, he doesn’t read books,” she said. “I’m the one who reads books.”

Interesting that the lamestream media, mindlessly mouthing the mantra of Sarah Palin’s lack of intellectual curiosity never thought to ask John Edwards what he was reading.

Crossposted at sisu, Riehl World View and Liberty Pundits.

Published in: on December 7, 2010 at 11:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Last Word on Roman Polanski [UPDATED]

. . . comes not from the right, but from Susan Estrich (who, megapotamus points out in the comments, can fairly be accused of hypocrisy since she ardently supported Bill Clinton against his accusers of sexual harassment, a lesser crime but on the selfsame spectrum):

I’ve got news for the big shots: International cultural events are not safe havens for criminals, nor is there any reason they should be. A criminal is a criminal, even if he is “one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers.” […]

The reason to keep him in prison for far more than one day is that he’s a rapist who fled from justice. Actually, that’s two reasons, and each is sufficient.

Roman the Rapist pleaded guilty. This is not one of those stories where you need to insert an “alleged” or a “purported” before each sentence. This is not a “he said-she said.” He was in his 40s. She was 13. He was a famous director. She was a child. He lied, lured and plied her with drugs and alcohol. […]

Rape is a crime against the state, as well as a civil wrong against the individual. […] The state presses charges, not the victim. Polanski pleaded guilty to a crime against the state. It was “People v. Polanski.” The People — in this case represented by the district attorney of Los Angeles — are not putting the whole thing behind them. Rightly so. […]

When reality intervened and it became clear that a judge might well sentence him to time in prison, Polanski did not seek to withdraw his guilty plea and go to trial. He did not await the sentence and then appeal it. Free on bail pending sentencing, he decided to thumb his nose at the American justice system and flee the country. Fleeing from justice violates the “most elementary” principles of our legal system […] It’s every bit as serious as raping a 13-year-old.

Read the whole thing.  What should be important to everyone is that rape is a crime against society.  In other words, the consensus of society stands firmly behind every girl’s and woman’s right to be inviolable.  If she is violated, it’s not just her outrage, it is our outrage.  This is Civilization 101.  This is what makes us different from the Taliban.

Taking sexual crimes against girls and women less seriously than other crimes?  Allowing the rich and famous exemptions from justice?  This is not where Hollywood’s enlightened (so they think) progressives should want to be.

Published in: on October 1, 2009 at 11:07 am  Comments (7)  

The Price of Power

Everyone pays it.  But is it higher for women?  Must we pay more for less?  Consider this:

In an apparent attempt to attract female readers, Marvel recently introduced a comic billed as “’Sex and the City’ in the Marvel Universe.” Its four semiretired (but still hot) female “divas” are uniquely punished for their powers: in addition to the obligatory romantic woes of the strong, career-driven woman — they meet at a speed-dating event for superheroines — one of them is given a diagnosis of breast cancer, presumably caused by her microwave-based abilities, which also threatened her fertility.

It has long struck me that one reason women achieve less is that for a woman life’s rewards are divided and pull in opposite directions.  For a man, to be successful in the world is also to win sex, love, family, and children.  For a woman, to be successful in the world has been to lose them.

That’s changing some as more men find accomplishment attractive and desirable in a mate.

Published in: on August 3, 2009 at 12:18 am  Leave a Comment