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It never happens to the bad guys

Posted by Charles II on October 24, 2014

Kevin Drum has cancer. He has hopes for a remission, but it’s a long and painful way back. Here’s prayers for a guy for whom my greatest criticism is that he is too nice.

3 Responses to “It never happens to the bad guys”

  1. Scaife had cancer, so it can and does get the creeps. But yes, Kevin is a good guy.

    • Charles II said

      Despite alcoholism and adultery, RMS lived comfortably to 82. I hope Kevin makes it to 60. Multiple myeloma is a very nasty disease with an average survival time of 5 years. Because his is Stage 3, he probably has a lot less time.

      So, yes, we all die, even the worst. But over at Eschaton, we tried to think of bad guys who had died young and could only think of Lee Atwater and Andrew Breitbart. Breitbart did not suffer, and his evil lives on. I’m sure there are more, but I can think of so many people who live on and on, getting worse and worse with age.

      • There was Ron Ziegler, but he was fairly minor in the scheme of things. And the only reason Dick Cheney, who seems to have spent his entire adulthood ignoring the advice of his doctors, is still alive though increasingly in pain, is because he’s rich enough to afford to have an ambulance follow him literally everywhere, including hunting trips where he shoots his hunting buddies in the face. Much depends on how the rich and evil use their money on themselves. (Meanwhile, Warren Buffett, who is relatively benign as the hyper-rich go, has aside from the unorthodox condition of his marriage lived a comparatively modest life, and is poised to make it into his nineties if not beyond.)

        Kevin has a very nasty disease, but he also has a good boss (MJ) and enough cash from his past life to be able to get the treatments he needs for a disease where the treatment protocol is rapidly evolving. His odds are currently less than 50-50 of making it to 2020, but they stand a good chance of increasing if he can switch around his therapies so the tumors don’t get habituated to particular treatments. If he had lung cancer he’d have far less of a five-year survival chance.

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