On the Corrupting Influence of Power
Key quote from Vogue Magazine's interview of Jenny Sanford (wife of philandering South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford):
Politicians become disconnected from the way everyone else lives in the world. I saw that from the very beginning. They’ll say they need something, and ten people want to give it to them. It’s an ego boost, and it’s easy to drink your own Kool-Aid.Of course, there's also the Vogue interviewer's attempts to qualify Mrs. Sanford's devout Christianity in these 2 excerpts:
Her one-page statement saying as much was written without the help of spin doctors or media consultants. It came from her heart and her head. It mentioned God without making you squirm.In other words, "she's devoutly Christian, but she's cool", unlike all those other scary zealots. This betrays the interviewer's prejudices, which appear to be based more upon the straw man of religious conservatives painted by the left and their media cohorts than it does any actual experience the interviewer may have had with actually meeting and getting to know any religious conservatives. So, it's not surprising that, upon having the opportunity to ... you know ... actually speak with a devout Christian conservative, the interviewer is surprised that she doesn't fit the stereotype and therefore assumes that she must be different from all those other yokels. In fact, if the interviewer had bothered to get to know any other Christian conservatives, she would find that the majority of them are no different than Mrs. Sanford in how they live out their faith.
The Sanfords are conservative Christians, but they’re not the teetotaling, proselytizing sort. There are bottles of wine on the kitchen counter. Ayn Rand is on the bookshelf, but so is Gabriel García Márquez. The Bible sits front and center on the coffee table, alongside Forbes magazine. “You could be friends with her for 20 years, and she would never bring up the religious stuff,” says her friend Marjory Wentworth, poet laureate of South Carolina and a self-described liberal who once worked for The Nation.
But for pure unadulterated media bias, this passage takes the cake:
Before Jenny Sanford came along, the options for wronged political wives were pretty poor. You could suffer silently (see Silda Wall Spitzer), deny everything (hello, Hillary), or make catty asides about the harlot who caused your husband to stray (Elizabeth Edwards). Then came Jenny Sanford.The author of the piece starts off mentioning 3 Democrat sex scandals - by name - right off the bat, but then follows up with a reference to "yet another conservative Republican politician" who has disgraced himself. I make no apologies for the Republicans and their scandals, but that passage is just brazenly pathetic.
Early this past summer, just as the world was savoring the news that yet another conservative Republican politician had tumbled from grace ...
All in all, the key take-away from this interview, apart from Mrs. Sanford's quote about the corrupting influence of political power, is that Mrs. Sanford is a beautiful and dignified lady, and that her husband's greatest sin may be his rank stupidity in not recognizing and appreciating what he already has.