“After the story broke, things went from bad to worse. John and Elizabeth were fighting all the time, sometimes all night long. On more than one occasion, she announced to the staff that she could no longer speak in public on her husband’s behalf or stay in the same hotel with him. Once, in the middle of the night, she woke up a trip director and commanded, ‘Get me out of here! I’m not campaigning for this asshole another day!’”
“At the terminal, the couple fought in the passenger waiting area. They fought outside in the parking lot. Elizabeth was sobbing, out of control, incoherent. As their aides tried to avert their eyes, she tore off her blouse, exposing herself. ‘Look at me!’ she wailed at John and then staggered, nearly falling to the ground.” Saint Elizabeth and the Ego Monster, New York, January 18, 2010, adapted from Game Change: Obama and the Clintons, McCain and Palin, and the Race of a Lifetime, by John Heilemann and Mark Halperin, 2010.
Elizabeth Edwards has not led a charmed life. Her son was killed in a car crash. She has cancer. Her husband’s ego exploded out of control, he had an affair and fathered a child with his mistress.
If the account in the book Game Change is accurate, Elizabeth Edwards is deeply angry (“Why the fuck do you think I’d want to sit outside a Wal-Mart and hand out leaflets?”), abusive (“She called her spouse a ‘hick’ in front of other people and derided his parents as rednecks”) and delusional.