Here Come Pundits Pretending They Loved Elizabeth Edwards Mark Halperin is surely just the first of many to phonily eulogize her By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Dec 8, 2010 10:41 AM CST 16 comments Comments In this March 26, 2007 file photo, Elizabeth Edwards greets members after arriving for a speech at the City Club in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File) (Newser) – Now that Elizabeth Edwards has died, it's time for the "DC establishment types who hated her when she was alive to pretend they admired and liked her," predicts Max Read on Gawker. Edwards wasn't popular among the DC pundits, and even if she was a "difficult" person, Read writes, "she didn't deserve the bizarrely personal, kick-her-while-she's-down attacks she had to put up with." But now, expect those same attackers—or some of them, at least—to come out of the woodwork with all sorts of fake sentiment. Exhibit A: Mark Halperin, who cited unnamed insiders calling her "an abusive, intrusive, paranoid, condescending crazy-woman" in his book about the 2008 elections, Game Change, appeared on Hardball last night—where, far from calling her crazy again, he described her as "valiant," "so strong," and "a very tough person." Despite the fact that Halperin was likely booked before the news broke, it was "incredibly insensitive" for him to actually speak about her, writes Alex Pareene on Salon. "His mere presence was an insult to her memory." Click to watch the video of Halperin's thoughts on Edwards.