Prom, Marriage And Death

May 13, 2011

This week the New York Times got interested in political marriages.

First came a page one profile of Newt Gingrich and his third wife Callista, with whom he conducted a six-year afffair that overlapped with his efforts to impeach Bill Clinton for lying under oath about his own infidelity. Just a little footnote on that one: Some of you may have forgotten that, on the very day that the House voted to impeach Clinton, Gingrich's elected successor abruptly resigned rather than subject his wife and family to coverage of his own extramarital affairs.

It seemed like a wildfire, spreading from its original source. Not long after that, we started to hear the phrase "the politics of personal destruction." And that's why, later in the week, the Time reported on page one that Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels has doubts about running for president because he and his wife have been married twice. To each other. Long story.

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