Between an unflattering portrait in a political tell-all and a husband clinically incapable of producing a positive headline, Elizabeth Edwards is back in the news. Today Jennifer Palmieri defends Mrs. Edwards in the Washington Post, offering a more positive picture of her friend. (The Wire will decline to join the brawl, and leave the actual parsing of the op-ed to others.) We will point out, though, a curious rhetorical choice when Palmieri attempts to showcase her friend's finer qualities:
Most everyone knows she is brilliant, one of those people who can quote Henry James and Paul Krugman.That's a pairing for our Atlantic 50 #1 we don't see every day.