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Well played, Mrs. Sanford. Now retreat.

Post by Kim Bradford on June 26, 2009 at 1:37 pm with 2 Comments »
June 26, 2009 1:37 pm

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.

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  1. ermelson says:

    No argument with the sentiments expressed here, but a comment on the author’s word-usage. By definition in any English-language dictionary you care to consult, cuckold is the term for a husband of an unfaithful wife. It comes from French, and refers to the cuckoo’s habit of laying its eggs in other bird’s nests. Unfortunately, there doesn’t seem to be a convenient word for ‘cheated-on wife.’ But cuckold won’t do: you can no more be a cuckolded wife than you could be a pregnant father.

  2. Kim Bradford says:

    Strictly speaking, you are correct. However, in more informal uses (as in blog posts), cuckold has been used to refer to wives as well. The correct term for “cheated-on wife” is cuckquean, but who in the world knows what that is?

    Thanks for reading and commenting.

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