Jenny Sanford has opted to explain herself, her husband’s affair and her plans for the future to Vogue, the women’s fashion magazine, for which she poses in a cottony white one-piece, with a matching skinny belt and dangling straw hat. So what say she of her husband’s drifting?
The only explanation that makes sense to her is that her husband is in thrall to an addiction as potent as the one cast by any drug. “Over the course of both pastoral and marriage counseling, it became clear to me that he was just obsessed with going to see this woman. I have learned that these affairs are almost like an addiction to alcohol or pornography. They just can’t break away from them.”
I am no shrink or marriage counselor, but I find her latter explanation a bit more credible than the addiction-as-explanation thing. She tells Vogue that politicians are drawn to become self-centered pricks: “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. As a wife, you do your best to keep them grounded, but it’s a real challenge.”