Jenny Sanford a Model for the Betrayed

Guv's wife 'neither enabler nor victim'
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Jul 1, 2009 8:55 AM CDT
Jenny Sanford, wife of South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford, speaks about her husband's recent affair admission at the family beach house in Sullivans Island, SC, on Friday, June 26, 2009.   (AP Photo/Alice Keeney)
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(Newser) – Jenny Sanford is showing the world “a new and improved version of the betrayed political spouse—neither enabler nor victim,” writes Ruth Marcus in the Washington Post. She’s not taking the stand-by-the-cheater for the cameras approach; she hasn’t released a “supportive” and “euphemistic” statement. Instead, she’s “concluded that the person who is humiliated by her husband's affair is, in fact, her husband, not her.”

Sanford isn’t "standing by" her husband’s “side, but she is not hiding in a hole, either.” While he rambled to the press, she released an “elegant and thoughtful statement.” She took a “mature view of adultery,” a “practical vision of real love,” and showed “investment-banker steel,” Marcus writes. “Now she still has her feet on the ground even as her husband is head over heels—with another woman.”