Elizabeth Edwards' new memoir Resilience will be on the shelves May 8th, the supposed "tell-all" of her husband's affair that sent his political career into a death spiral. Just like the memoirs of recent memory, the truth isn't exactly the first priority except this time, no one is bothering to rake the author over the coals.
Elizabeth Edwards portrays herself illumintated by the light of tragedy. She is the beautiful wife, battling cancer and the public humiliation of her husband's affair; deceived by his lies of a "one night stand," only to be further disgraced when the real truth came out. Feel free to read the excerpt here.
Men lie about affairs, especially in politics. Telling "the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God" isn't part of the bargain. Personally, I would castrate my husband with a dull butter knife but hey, write about your lessons learned and be an inspiration to millions. You're witty, smart and savvy. Empower yourself, as Oprah would say. There is plenty of sympathy for the woman scorned, especially the publicly humiliated ones.
However, I don't think John is the only Edwards with a history of deceit and I doubt few will notice -- or mention -- the missing chapter from Ms. Edwards' emotional struggle. You know, the chapter about knowing of his affair...the details already leaking out...and still helping him campaign, knowing full well it would end his career? That chapter. Truth be damned when there is money to be made from contributors and a run at the White House at stake. "Stand By Your Man" indeed, Ms. Edwards. Stand by your man, keep your beautiful family together...and sucker the voters via their hearts and wallets.
Just from reading the excerpt, I can guarantee one thing: there is money to be made. Again.
There really is a sucker born every minute.