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The Good Wives

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Some TV shows need good writers to be successful, others need only to watch the news to get story ideas. For example, The Good Wife, which airs on CBS, has drawn upon real-life political scandals for its plot lines. 

The latest news reports have revealed that disgraced politicians, former Governor Eliot Spitzer (D-NY) and former Congressman Anthony Weiner (D-NY) are now in heated races for key positions in their home state of New York.

Weiner is only one in a string of politicians to get caught in an embarrassing public sex scandal, with an infuriated electorate calling for his resignation.

Only two years ago, former California Republican governor Arnold Schwarzenegger confessed a decade-old secret: that he had fathered a lovechild with a former housekeeper and had kept it from his wife, Maria Shriver (both women gave birth the same week!). The couple announced their separation shortly thereafter.

Not to be outdone, former presidential candidate and senator John Edwards (D-NC) had been federally indicted relating to charges stemming from the use of campaign funds to allegedly cover up his affair with campaign staffer Rielle Hunter. He also fathered a daughter with Hunter out of wedlock, a fact which surfaced soon before his wife Elizabeth, a cancer patient, passed away in December of 2010.

Wiener’s racy text messages and tweets came to light after one of his female “friends” came forward, threatening to tell all to the media. Wiener’s wife, Huma Abedin, is so far standing by her man. But for how long?

Schwarzenegger’s wife left him as soon as she confirmed the news with the housekeeper, only moving out because he refused to leave at Maria’s request. I’m sure he had no intention of her actually ever finding out, but the timing was right since his term was already over. Bankrupted California and broke up the family–nice job!

Elizabeth Edwards stood by her husband, even after news of the affair broke, but finally decided to end the marriage when paternity tests confirmed that he was the father of his mistress’s child. Cheating on his wife, a cancer patient? What a class act. His political career, while not exactly stellar, is now definitely over.


These Good Wives are not uneducated women: Elizabeth Edwards was a lawyer, Maria Shriver, a well-known journalist, and Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (who incidentally was also publicly humiliated by her husband).

These Good Wives are not uneducated women: Elizabeth Edwards was a lawyer, Maria Shriver, a well-known journalist, and Huma Abedin, a top aide to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton (who incidentally was also publicly humiliated by her husband).

What do these men (so far they have only been men) think they will accomplish with these foolish deeds? Do they think it’s worth it to compromise their marriage, traumatize their kids, and be the laughingstock of the nation, thus becoming fodder for night after night of Entertainment Tonight coverage?

What’s even more surprising to me is that they are able to get right back in the fray and the public seems to have a short-term memory about all of it. I wonder if a woman could have gotten away with something similar? Or would a woman have done something like this to begin with?

 

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2 thoughts on “The Good Wives

  1. Women can totally do stuff like this too as they are also humans but the society will never let then forget that. .. look at Kim kardashian, she’s still famous for her sex tape more then she’s famous for anything else

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