December 11, 2009 at 5:59 pm , by mhickey2
I always cringe a bit when I see political wives stoically stand by their cheating husbands and vow to forgive and forget. (Think Hillary Clinton. Elizabeth Edwards. Silda Spitzer.) So I wanted to stand up and cheer for Jenny Sanford when I read the news this morning that has filed for divorce. (In case you missed the headlines earlier this year: She’s the wife of South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford who made a total fool of himself last summer when he disappeared from work for a few days. When he finally turned up, he told his staff that he was “hiking the Appalachian trail,” but it eventually spilled out that he was cavorting with his lover in Argentina.) Fortunately, Mrs. Sanford was not by his side at the press conference when the governor revealed more than anyone wanted to know about his affair. Mrs. Sanford’s announcement of her divorce comes a few days after her impressive interview with Barbara Walters and a few months in advance of the publication of her memoir, Staying True. Personally, I’m sorry that their marriage could not be saved, but I applaud Mrs. Sanford for behaving like one classy lady throughout it all —for not standing ashen-faced at her husband’s side playing the role of pathetic victim.