The headline on Conor Friersdorf's latest at the Atlantic offers a sentiment everyone can support, especially in this season of Eliot Spitzer and Anthony Weiner: Let's Spare Political Wives Their Awful Ordeals.
"Campaigning beside one's wife, bringing her to press conferences, and especially involving her in public life after you get caught cheating on her ought to be seen for what it is: a transparent PR gambit. Politicians could stand on stage cradling adorable puppies in their arms, but they never do, because even people who love puppies would understand and react against the cartoonish manipulation. I want to live in a country where campaigning with one's wife is equally distrusted, because even if she's extremely intelligent, accomplished, and articulate, she's usually being used as little more than a cynical prop rather than a thinking human with distinct ideas or a willingness to reveal how she'll influence her spouse."
- Bob Davis