Michelle Cottle, on the unhappy Mrs. Spitzer:

... how many men do you think would really do the same for their wives? Consider it: You wake up one morning to discover that the papers are awash in juicy details (and even juicier innuendo) about how you are such a loser that your woman went out looking to pay some young stud to scratch her itch. You are utterly humiliated. You want nothing more than to phone the meanest divorce lawyer in the state. Instead, you get to shower, shave, put on your special-occasion tie, and try your best to look aggreived yet supportive while standing two-steps behind your lying, cheating tramp of a wife--possibly even holding her hand--in front of God and 10,000 drooling reporters all thinking that you must be the most pitiful creature on the planet. Riiiight. That's gonna happen a lot.



Leaving aside the prostitution angle, it's hard to think of many recent adultery scandals involving politicians' marriages where the wife was accused of stepping out on her husband. There was the Andrew Cuomo/Kerry Kennedy marriage, where he charged her with adultery after they had already filed for divorce. There was the case of Nicolas and Cecilia Sarkozy: She conducted a public affair in 2005 - when he was conducting an affair as well, needless to say - and then returned to him during his campaign for the Presidency. (And we all know how that turned out.) Those are the only examples that spring to mind; can anyone think of others?

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