by John Hawkins | April 27, 2005 7:08 pm
As many of you are no doubt aware, Laura Ingraham had surgery for breast cancer yesterday. Luckily, it sounds like everything went well and of course, I wish her a speedy recovery.
Someone called “nonews” also wished for Laura Ingraham to return to health….on the Democratic Underground Message Board. Doesn’t seem like a wise idea, but who am I to judge?
One of the people who responded to the thread, believe it or not, was John Edwards wife, breast cancer survivor Elizabeth Edwards (Emphasis Mine):
ElizabethEdwards: “I have been a Democrat for a long time, and part of the Democratic principles that attracted me as a young person and kept me a Democrat all these years is our compassion. Democrats are simply good and decent people. And good and decent people want everyone to do well — those who agree with them and those who do not. We fight for the right of voices with which we disagree to speak out, for the right of people to say things we don’t believe to be true, even for the right to be malicious and mean-spirited. If we fight for the right for LI to say what she says, how in the world can we use our disagreement with those words as an excuse not to be compassionate in her fight with cancer. Being willing to have her voice muted by illness is the same thing as not wanting her voice to be heard. It is not Democratic or democratic.
I hope others will join me in wishing her Godspeed in this fight, for the easiest road that she can have, and even for the development of compassion about others who have faced hardship and disease without the support network she — and I — have. As I go through treatment for this same disease, I think often about the women who fight breast cancer without health insurance, without a supportive husband, with a physically demanding job that doesn’t know or doesn’t care that she is exhausted and weak and aching, with children but no child care. I find it absolutely impossible that LI won’t also have those thoughts run through her head or that she won’t rethink her position on health care or the social safety net. Pray for her health AND her enlightenment, if you must. But pray, with me, for her good health.”
On the one hand, I think it’s nice that Elizabeth Edwards wished Laura well, although I found her speculation about Laura now supporting socialized medicine and “the social safety net” now that she’s gotten sick to be incredibly condescending.
On the other hand, is it not more than a bit disturbing to find the wife of a man who could have been Vice President hanging out in a moonbat pit like the Democratic Underground? Ya know, it sort of makes you wonder: is she wearing a tinfoil hat right now? Does she think Bush is Hitler? Is she loonier than Teresa Heinz Kerry, but just better at hiding it?
When I make fun of the Democratic Underground at RWN, usually I have angry liberals falling all over themselves in the comments section to claim that the DU Is full of lunactics and totally unrepresentative of the Democratic Party. Meanwhile, the wife of the man who could have been the Democratic VEEP apparently hangs out there. It’s scary.
Anyway, because this thread has started getting some attention, the DU mods have cleaned out the most embarassing replies (something that appears to have become standard procedure for them over the last few months). In this case, 15 different comments were deleted. But here are a few that they decided to leave alone:
Ex_Catholic: “She Probably Gave it to Herself…All that Hate, Lies, Anger…”
TheDebbieDee: “I’m sure that in her case it’s because of all the hate she carries….around – it must be eating her up! (No pun intended.)”
Marnieworld: “She’s another Ann Coulter. David Brock wrote much about Ingrahm in “Blinded by the Right.” She is part of everything evil in the GOP since the revolution in the late 80s. F*ck Laura Ingrahm. F*ck her.”
warrens: “Me too, but I hope she goes bankrupt. And they take her house and slap a lien on all her future earnings to pay off all the medical bills. And I hope the doctor operating on her is one of the gay students she outed at Dartmouth and he remembers her and makes little jokes about scalpels slipping…you get the idea.”
CO Liberal: “I’m Not Surprised. Judging by the amount of hatred she spews on a daily basis, I’m surprised her body has lasted THIS long.”
Dawgs: “I hope she gets better, but I hope her career is ruined by this…She is scum.”
Hat tip to Michelle Malkin for the story.
*** Update #1 ***: For those of you wondering, yes, it is THE Elizabeth Edwards and she has posted at the DU before. See this interview where she admits to reading the DU, this post by her at the DU where she speaks to the “doubting Thomases,” and finally this previous post by a DU admin who confirms it is the real Elizabeth Edwards posting at the Democratic Underground.
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