Friday, March 14, 2008

Spitzer's Wife

I agree with Maggie Gallagher: the innocent wives of guilty adulterers should not be expected to stand by their men during the public confession of guilt. That should be his humiliation, not hers. If she chooses to keep him afterwards, that should be credited to her moral heroism. And if she stands by him when he denies the charges, that is honorable marital loyalty.

Adulterers should do the perp walk and press talk alone.

4 comments:

Tausign said...

Interesting points Ms. Gallagher makes. Having a wife stand there as if to say 'if she forgives me, shouldn't you?...is ultra devious and canniving. If that's truly the message that is being conveyed (even subconsciously)...well that's tragedy upon tragedy.

For our part, the social loss of the meaning of marriage and the excuse of peccadillo's is getting a little tiring. It's foolish to count these as 'private matters' only. How much will be made in book sales?

Quotidian Grace said...

Amen, I couldn't agree more. Of course Mrs. Spitzer and all the other Mrs.es who have been standing there could have refused to do it. Why on earth didn't they? That's the real question. After all the wronged spouse has the power in this situation.

Gruntled said...

I suspect that she did it because the man she still loves asked her to. And even though she is steaming mad at him, that counts. He shouldn't have traded on that love, but he probably did.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Mrs. Spitzer urged her husband to refuse to resign, to fight to the death, and to hell with the citizens of New York...Have none of you read Macbeth?...She's no victim and it takes two to tango.