Am I in the minority of those who disapprove of Elizabeth Edwards's decision to leave her husband out of her will? If so, then at least there is comfort in the proverb "What is popular is not always right, what is right is not always popular."
I can't believe it is the year 2011 and I find the need to say this. Just because you've got breast cancer and your husband (reportedly) is a lying, cheating, overpaid scumbag doesn't take away from the fact that he's your husband, and as his spouse, you should think of your soulmate on your deathbed. At least that's what I would do if I were in her situation. But congratulations Elizabeth Edwards: by leaving your husband out of your will, you've just lowered yourself to the level at which a great deal of people view him: as a lying, cheating jerk.
"But John Edwards has plenty of money, so naturally his wife didn't see the need of leaving him anything."
Nonsense. Ever heard of the saying "money doesn't buy happiness"? That's number one; number two: stop making excuses for injustice. Just because you're living a crappy life doesn't give you permission to make others' lives worse. Injustice is no excuse for injustice. And yes, one of the worst things you can do to someone else (let alone your own spouse!) to make their life worse, regardless of how that someone else has treated you, is to exclude them from something that is good.
Finally, something for the record: if John Edwards was the one with cancer and people portrayed his wife as a lying, cheating, overpaid scumbag(ette), I would be slamming John Edwards if he left his wife out of his will. I hate double standards.