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stand by your man? March 12, 2008

Filed under: america the beautiful — erinleete @ 1:31 pm

Since I started this blog a few weeks ago, I have contemplated the type of content I wanted it to contain. I thought that I would try to avoid politics, but a recent event has really caught my eye.

During the fall semester of my senior year in college, I wrote an analysis of the New York gubernatorial race. The winner of that race, is the newest politician to be added to the sex scandal list: Eliot Spitzer. Spitzer has been linked to a prostitution ring and is now considering stepping down from office. But what interests me most is his wife, who stood beside him as he apologized, very rigidly and seemingly without much authenticity or sincerity. We have seen other women in politics do that too including former New Jersey First Lady, Dina Matos McGreevey, and former First Lady turned presidential candidate, Hillary Clinton.

McGreevey publicly sympathized with Spitzer’s wife on Larry King. Both of these women chose to stand behind their husbands who didn’t chose to stand behind them or the commitment that they made. What could have compelled these women to respond as if they supported their husbands, when the pain is probably overwhelming? Duty? Because they are in the public eye? Was it an effort to minimize the transgressions and perhaps save her husband’s job? Part of me thinks that such a show of support sends the message that extramarital affairs don’t destroy marriages. Obviously, I cannot empathize with Mrs. Spitzer, nor do I know how I would respond in the same situation. I just wonder if she had a choice in the matter and what she really intended to say when she stood by her husband as he announced to the world that he was unfaithful to her.

I wonder what message would have been sent if she hadn’t stood beside him.



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