Okay, you tired of the RWA brouhaha? Me, too. Definitely time to give some other folks what-for!
I didn’t have a topic for today, however, until I heard that South Carolina Governor John Sanford, after being “missing” for several days, then reportedly hiking in the Appalachian Mountains, and then reportedly hiking in Argentina, admitted he’s been having an affair with an Argentinian woman for the last year. This, of course, comes on the heels of the admission of “family-values-lovin'” Republican Senator John Ensign’s affair. The list of other straying politicians is, of course, legion, and includes plenty of Democrats as well as Republicans.
Okay, so, here’s the thing. It’s not really that I care that much whether a politician is getting a little on the side. I mean, from a practical point of view, I don’t see that a politician’s marital fidelity has much bearing his effectiveness as a legislator/executive. It might make him (or her) a total jerk and a lying asshole, but it doesn’t make the person incapable of doing his job.
That said, I do care when the politician in question espouses holier-than-thou positions about morality and values, and then goes out and violates them withough, apparently, the slightest attack of conscience. That’s what’s always gotten to me with the various Republican bigwigs who’ve been caught in extramarital shenanigans; they want the rest of us to live up to standards they themselves cannot adhere to.
Even worse than the politicians, though, are the wives who stand beside them while they confess their sins and apologize to all they’ve “let down” with their behavior. (Actually, I think the only thing they’re sorry for is that they’ve been caught with their hands in the cookie jar.) I threw up a little in my mouth watching Eliot Spitzer’s long-suffering wife make sympathetic eyes at him during the news conference when he announced his resignation, and I couldn’t even bring myself to read the reports after John and Elizabeth Edwards were on Oprah.
So, I’m laying it on the line for the ladies. If your husband cheats on you and you stick with him, that’s your decision. But do NOT expect my sympathy for how you’ve been wronged. Because honestly, if you don’t pitch his sorry ass to the curb, as far as I’m concerned, you either don’t think you’ve been wronged or you don’t care that much. You’ve basically given him tacit approval to do it again…and again…and again. And chances are pretty good, he will.
Yeah, I’m talking to you, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. And yanno, staying with the rat bastard was probably in your best interests. It’s just that I think you cared a lot more about becoming President than you did about where he puts his junk, so please don’t pretend otherwise.
And I’m out!
P.S. I still love Bill Clinton. I know it is wrong, but…I can’t stop. Probably some sort of disease…