Jenny Sanford should stop while she’s ahead.
Up until now, the first lady of South Carolina has been a model jilted wife. This former Wall Street executive didn’t stand by her man as he gave a rambling account of his six days AWOL in Argentina and pathetically copped to adultery. Neither did she go into hiding.
Instead, she did what many a self-respecting cuckolded wife would love to do, given the temperamental wherewithal and a public stage: She cast herself as a loving, forgiving spouse who will accept Gov. Mark Sanford back but is not about to put up with any crap.
Jenny’s statement to the press was a case study in effective public relations. She emerged looking dignified, resolute and adult. (Some have said she also sent all the right signals to the fundamentalist faithful.)
South Carolinians have certainly known that side of Jenny Sanford, but for the rest of the country, it has been a grand introduction.
That acquaintance made, now’s the time to draw the curtains and say “no comment.” Do we need to know how the first lady discovered her husband was stepping out on her? Or that she warned her husband not to go to Argentina after she kicked him out of the house? It’s all so tawdry, and we’ve already had plenty of that from her mooning husband.
Jenny Sanford doesn’t need to say another word to secure the moral high ground, and she shouldn’t.