Elizabeth Edwards on 'The Colbert Report': Smart, charming, irreducible

With yesterday’s terrible news of Elizabeth Edwards’ passing, there’s been a lot of infuriating headlines about the woman’s life. No doubt, she got a bum rap when it came to husbands. Former vice-presidential candidate John Edwards did her wrong, and maybe never deserved her in the first place. But the sparkly-eyed mother of four, best-selling author, attorney, homemaker, public speaker and activist deserves a richer legacy than that of a disappointing man’s betrayed wife. She was better than his flaws and bigger than her disease. For an example of her articulate goodness and conviction, look no further than her calmly impassioned 2008 appearance on The Colbert Report, after the jump. (Colbert himself appears to fall in love with her at the 3:26 mark.) What a lady.

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