Thursday, April 12, 2007


In this edition, Jay Carney says he is also "discomfited" by Fred Thompson's likely entrance into the presidential race. Still, one doubts he'll be inspired to express such discomfit in the pages of the print edition, as he did with respect to John and Elizabeth Edwards.

Aside from the general issue of the fact that illness shouldn't inspire others to micromanage your life, what's obvious is that the "Fred Thompson shouldn't run even though he has cancer" won't inspire the same amount of commentary as "John Edwards shouldn't run because Elizabeth has cancer." And, if it does, it'll be about whether voters should be concerned about his illness, and not about his obligations to his wife and two small children.