|Quoting UALPHLCS (Reply 170):|
Is it smart politics to take advantage of Elizabeth Edwards' cancer for donations?
It wouldn't be, if they were doing it. But unless I missed something, and the letter asks for money so that Edwards can win the presidency out of sympathy for what he's had to go through with his wife's illness (that
would be tasteless), all they're doing is asking people who have already shown interest, out of their own volition, whether they want to contribute to the campaign based solely on Edwards' platforms.
Is it opportunism? You obviously say it is. But remember that when talking about polticians, the scale changes, since there is not one politician in this country (and I'd venture to say on this planet) that isn't at least a little bit of an opportunist - if they weren't, they wouldn't survive in politics. The question, therefore (at least in my mind), becomes whether John Edwards is any more opportunistic than your average politician. I haven't seen anything that would suggest to me that he is, and I still believe that the reason he is still in the race is because he and Elizabeth feel that they do not want to see an illness derail what they have both been working for for so long, not because he thinks he can make some more money off of his wife's condition. In fact, as mentioned in the article that Pope posted, it says that "while Edwards has enjoyed a big surge in donations since he and his wife disclosed the return of her cancer, the campaign has not mentioned the "C" word in any of its fundraising solicitations. In fact, an e-mail sent to supporters on March 22, the day of their famous news conference, omitted the usual link to contribute money."
So it would appear that they are going out of their way to avoid collecting donations purely out of sympathy.
Perhaps the author of the article checked the box at the bottom of the page ( http://www.johnedwards.com/news/thank-you-20070322/
) that says "check here to recieve further emails from the campaign" - I saw nothing in the article to indicate that she did or didn't, though I have sent a message and not checked the box in order to test the theory.
If you want to dub him tasteless, fine, but it's going to take more than this to convince me that John Edwards is using his wife's condition to gain money.