Elizabeth Edwards finally reached the breaking point with husband John, the former senator and 2004 Democratic vice presidential nominee. Various news outlets report the Edwardses are separated. Under North Carolina law they can’t get divorced until a year later. “She said, ‘I’ve had it. I can’t do this. I want my life back,’” her sister, Nancy Anania, told People magazine.
Most Americans probably would say she stuck it out longer than anyone could have expected. In 2008 John Edwards admitted an affair with campaign videographer Rielle Hunter and earlier this month acknowledged he fathered Hunter’s child, born that same year. As someone else noted, switch a few thousand votes in Ohio in 2004, and John Edwards would’ve been a heartbeat from the presidency. Scary.