Mrs. Sanford's Defiance and Defense
We have political strife in Iran, a debate about automation in the Metro crash investigation. and assorted other issues, but our Readers Who Comment are spending more effort on the story of the woman scorned in the Case of Not-Exactly-Hiking South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford.
Post reporter Phillip Rucker tells us about Jenny Sanford, the woman who did not stand by her man when he confessed last week to marital infidelity, the woman who also is credited for her husband's political successes, and who now says "His career is not a concern of mine."
One of Mrs. Sanford's friends calls her a hero. Readers argue about that. Several readers wonder why the Post is spending its time on this story (even as the readers are doing the same) and a number complain that the Post never treats Democratic infidelity with the same amount of attention. None of them were in the Post newsroom, as I was, during the Clinton situation and watched a rather large number of reporters dispatched to work that story. But I digress.
We'll start with this pleasant exchange, which has several versions making the same points:
smb1 offered that "Man, when republicans get caught the Wash. Post is sure to cover every little detail. Don't recall Dems getting such wonderful press."
To which metroman76 replied, "Calm down Mr Paranoid Right Winger the post gave New York Gov. Spitzers affair plenty of front page space. Besides... this is the first time a politician has not dragged his poor wife in front of the cameras to show us all what a great guy he really is."
dotellen said, "Sounds like a first-class woman who mistakenly picked a second-rate man."
And NobleDog wrote, "Very classy lady. Good for her and the children.
Sounds like she has too much integrity to be in politics."
FutureJumps said, "Maybe she will run for Governor when he quits!"
A friend of Jenny Sanford's is quoted in the story as calling her a hero, a term picked up in the headline and by a number of commenters, with somewhat differing opinions.
For example, moxiemom1 wrote, "A hero, really? Good mom,classy lady, but hero? Please!"
And bandmom22 said, "I don't think she's a hero. I think it was great she didn't stand with him, looking weepy at a press conference. And she should have left it at that..."
kansasgal1 wrote, "It is nice to see a strong wife who refuses to passively stand by after the humiliation. He should receive the real response and receive it just as publicly as he dished it out to her by his disappearing act."
demtse suggested that "THe people of SC should throw Sanford out of the governors mansion. He has been nothing but a total embarrassment to the state. First, he turned down stimulus money. Then he has been outed as a whoremonger"
RetiredVeteran said, "If Governor Sanford was really a dedicated public servant who put the best interest of his constituents ahead of his own personal interests he would have reisgned last week rather than drag his family and his state through the moral gutter, but the "dedicated public servant" is a romanticized myth..."
Lhh3239 wrote, "If you want your spouse to be faithful to you, you shouldn't marry a politician (or other famous person) in the first place."
sginnc said, "Sorry neither of these people deserves praise. She has been married to and supported a man foolish enough to call great attention to himself during his stimulus package debacle and they both knew how vulnerable he was... They are the product of their mutual ambitions."
gsms69 wrote, "For gosh sakes Phillip Rucker, Republican or Democrat, give them some privacy if this is their private home. When they get back to the governors mansion, the adults (not the kids) are fair game..."
jsc-2 said, "As much as I feel for Mrs Sanford, it's ridculous to say every woman in South Caroline would vote for her for governor."
Paula_G agreed, writing, "Absolutely right. As a female South Carolinian voter there is no way I would ever vote for this woman. She's as wrong on the issues as her husband and that's what counts when I step into the voting booth."
dsrobins said, "Jenny Sanford should split from Mark. He has proven himself a total scumbag. As she departs, however, let's hope she takes him for everything he is worth as well as everything he may earn in the future. It's the least she deserves for having to live with such a worm."
jandrew23boyle wrote, "Every time there is a Republican scandal, the Republicans point out past Democratic scandals, as if that justifies there own. Every time there is a Democratic scandal, the Democrats do the same thing... I'd love to say we deserve better than this but I'd be lying. We have the vote, we can stop this whenever we want. So let's do it."
We'll close with ghhugh, who said, "...I would hope that Jenny Sanford would take this vacation and extend it as long as she can for the good of the boys. They need privacy. Let Gov. rattle brain shoot off his mouth and walk the crooked road. The longer she and the boys are not media fodder the better it will be to steer their own course."
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