Posted at 7:30 AM Jul 07, 2009By Jennifer Mathieu
Through a series of apparently carefully calculated statements quoting everyone from Desmond Tutu to the Bible, Jenny Sanford appears to be willing to stay with her husband. "Forgiveness opens the door for Mark to begin to work privately, humbly and respectfully toward reconciliation with me," she said, acknowledging her husband's "lack of judgment" and "egregious offenses." Although she admits to having asked Mark to leave prior to his Appalachian journey, she now states, "I believe Mark has earned a chance to resurrect our marriage."
I was surprised to find a lot of the buzz surrounding Ms. Sanford has been positive. Ruth Marcus of The Washington Post writes that Jenny is a new political role model with nerves and determination and a "practical vision of real love and what it takes to make a marriage work." Sorry, but I think to make a marriage work, your husband has to at least admit to loving you.
Kathleen Deveny of Newsweek is calling her a "media genius" who has "demonstrated a far savvier political instinct for self-preservation and political spin than her husband." (Frankly I don't think it takes much to beat Mark Sanford at the spin game.)
I know that you're never supposed to judge another couple's marriage. And I'm not saying that adultery should be an automatic reason to bail. But what I am saying is that if a man openly professes his love for another woman when he's supposed to be with you, it's time to hit the road. Or better yet, have him hit it. Jenny, pride is gonna keep you warmer in bed a lot longer than that cheating bastard ever will. Kick him to the curb. Otherwise, you deserve a big ol' "WTF?"