Standing Alone

A local print media piece on women standing by their political men when scandal hits. I’d like to advocate separate press conferences. Somewhere I read yesterday its all a PR ploy to keep the reporters from asking tough questions. The injured spouse is standing right there. Only a clueless clod would start grilling the pol in front of the shell-shocked wife.

That makes sense to me. For once, I’d like to see a politician stand alone and take his medicine. Instead of hiding behind his wife.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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6 Responses to Standing Alone

  1. jposty says:

    It couldn’t possibly be because she is very active in his gubernatorial policy decisions and was a high priced criminal lawyer who enjoys power like someone else we know who went through this… cough cough Hillary Cough.

    -James
    http://www.thepoliticus.org

  2. Freder1ck says:

    what about for better for worser?

  3. Todd says:

    Good questions.

    From what I read of Silda Spitzer, she pretty much put her career on hold to raise young daughters. What she’s done since they got older, I don’t know. Lawyers get a bad rap for being “high-priced,” but lots of other professions do a lot less and get paid a lot more.

    And maybe it’s a sign of “for better, for worse” when a woman stands up with her husband. But it strikes me as too convenient, perhaps. Just color me skeptical.

  4. Liam says:

    I am inclined to Todd’s cautions – but I would add that I would also discourage political spouses from holding the Bible at swearing-ins…. – and it should be noted that the inimitable Edith Wharton expressed the traditional American social view on the shared happiness and misery of spouses: “It was Beaufort when he covered you with jewels, and it’s got to stay Beaufort now that he’s covered you with shame.”

  5. Jimmy Mac says:

    “what about for better for worser?”

    That doesn’t mean that she has to consent to be paraded out looking like a deer in the headlights of the car that is about to kill her.

  6. Todd says:

    Ah! The “somewhere” I saw this point raised was on the America blog I saw this question raised. Michael Sean Winters’ fine post: http://www.americamagazine.org/blog/entry.cfm?blog_id=2&id=9E247131-5056-8960-3271B283ADB72F59

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