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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Apology Uniforms

Red, white, and blue diagonal striped tie, dark suit (with pin), pursed lips, (surprisingly) loyal wife, powder blue suit, pearl necklace, American flag.   

APTOPIX Spitzer Prostitutio.JPGUS NEWS NJGOVERNOR 1 PH.JPG

UPDATE: Wonkette beat me to the punch here.

Posted by Adam Kolber on March 12, 2008 at 05:07 AM | Permalink

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Why is it surprising that she is loyal? Do you really expect someone's long-time partner to jump ship based on a few indiscretions? She owes her position to him just as much as he owes his to her.

Posted by: S.cotus | Mar 12, 2008 9:52:27 AM

I love how even a blog post that hardly makes an assertion can still be controversial. Nevertheless, I'll respond. Saying "surprisingly loyal" is not the same as saying "it is surprising that she is loyal," although one might hold that view as well. "Surprisingly loyal" means that the extent of her loyalty seems surprising (e.g., not that Eliot Spitzer's wife might remain married to him in these circumstances, but rather that, while she is no doubt experiencing her own considerable anger at her husband, she is putting on a brave face to support him, while being scrutinized by millions and millions of people). You may not be surprised by this, but I think one can legitimately be surprised.

Posted by: Adam Kolber | Mar 12, 2008 10:26:26 AM

Adam,

Did you see the similarities on your own, or did you find these together somewhere? It's pretty interesting, actually.

Posted by: Orin Kerr | Mar 12, 2008 4:18:53 PM

If you consider the common cultural attitude towards the "indiscretions" of males vs. females, yes it is surprising S.cotus. Women who have husbands/boyfriends that cheat on them often find themselves under scrutiny for being sexually frigid or no longer "hot". Whereas men who have wives that cheat are pretty much allowed to paste a scarlet letter right on her forehead So yes, it might sting the pride of a woman enough that she would immediately jump ship.

Not to mention that a call girl ring is a bit more than an indiscretion.

Posted by: A. Anderson | Mar 12, 2008 5:21:53 PM

Prostitutes report 20% of their business is couples sex.
Mrs Spitzer may have been paying the cabana boy to "shampoo her rug".
:)

Posted by: Chuckling Canuck | Mar 12, 2008 5:59:18 PM

cheat with woman = tie stripes slant to lower right
cheat with man = tie stripes slant to lower left

cheat with both = zigzag?

Posted by: confucius | Mar 12, 2008 6:34:24 PM

Apparently, Wonkette posted something similar yesterday, though I hadn't seen it until a Volokh Conspiracy comment pointed it out. (I do think the Prawfs' photo comparison does a somewhat better job, pursed lips and all.)

Posted by: Adam Kolber | Mar 12, 2008 8:05:43 PM

What you don't think men whose wives cheat on them get shit for not being manly/satisfying enough? Hell, I think the social shame on it is significantly greater, to the point where it is much more frequently kept quiet.

Posted by: TruePath | Mar 12, 2008 8:25:19 PM

cheat with woman = tie stripes slant to lower right
cheat with man = tie stripes slant to lower left

cheat with both = zigzag?Are you kidding? Paisley!

Posted by: Malvolio | Mar 12, 2008 9:18:57 PM

You should credit wonkette. Even if you did discover this independently, they had it up first. It's the polite thing to do.

Posted by: anonymous | Mar 12, 2008 10:04:55 PM

Maybe some of these wives are "surprisingly loyal" because they actually know what the hell has been going on ... and in some cases, even consent to it. I mean, seriously, Hillary knew Bill was a sleeping-around kind of guy. She's evidently bi herself, and who's to say they didn't have an open marriage?

Posted by: Manji | Mar 12, 2008 10:06:58 PM

anonymous: Good idea. I have done so.

Posted by: Adam Kolber | Mar 12, 2008 10:31:07 PM

A. Anderson-- Yeah, your analysis definitely describes what's happened to Spitzer. Everyone's pretty much blamed things on his wife for being unattractive, and he hasn't really suffered any consequences at all.

Posted by: Jim | Mar 13, 2008 6:25:48 AM

Wait, who's the guy on the right? I missed that scandal.

Posted by: A. Non | Mar 13, 2008 12:32:32 PM

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