Over the past week, we have watched incessantly the indiscretions of now former Governor Eliot Spitzer played out on every media outlet. Today, there are new shocking allegations regarding former New Jersey Governor James McGreevey. Much of the media coverage mentions former Idaho Senator Larry Craig. Virtually every time any of this trio are mentioned, they are pictured with their respective spouses.
Like many others, we wonder what motivates these and other women to stand with their husbands after such a horrifying betrayal. Analysts say a political spouse is part of a team, and when she's standing before the cameras - even silently - she is taking one for the team. Part political theater, part open-air therapy, these excruciating public confessionals demand three things of the spouse: to hold her family together at a moment of crisis; to support the person she supposedly loves; and to provide a least a shred of future political viability for her man.
As one pundit said, "This is the scandal. As for how spouses behave during these crises, it's none of our business. Absolutely none of us can know how we'd react in that situation or judge others."
Whatever the reasons, many believe that these political wives deserve kudos for working through their difficult times, while others believe they're crazy for putting themselves through such a dog and pony show. Either way, it makes for great TV.