I think Dean wrote the best thing that has been written about the Edwards and the dilemma they face. I didn’t watch the Katie Couric interview, but reading it this morning makes me wonder if perhaps CBS ought to have left the matter for a few weeks down the road, or if the interview ought to have been much less focused on the disease and much more focused on the campaign. Because Katie Couric lost her husband to cancer she has quite a bit more leeway in an interview such as this, but it is jarring to read Couric asserting to the Edwards that “Some have suggested that you’re capitalizing on this,” and”Some people watching this would say, “I would put my family first always, and my job second.” And you’re doing the exact opposite. You’re putting your work first, and your family second.”
Yes, the Edwards are public figures and they have a very public health crisis, but it seems to me that they should be able to set the terms of the discussion, and should not be subjected to questions like these, or questions about their children. It isn’t decent to press them on these matters, no matter how gently put the probes or how experienced the questioner.