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I wonder where we will find the next generation of political leaders if we have to screen for such a panoply of character flaws. Weiner is smart, rose from humble beginnings, and can talk circles around his opposition. All, so it seems now, gone to waste.
I don't begrudge Ivanka for enjoying her job. I enjoy mine (most of the time). But let's not pretend that the vast majority of women don't have more practical problems.
A: These were all intelligent, accomplished, articulate women. It seemed off to me that they would play this subservient role to rescue their husbands’ careers.
For organizations that encourage and train women to run for political office, this has been a very busy four months since Election Day.
Trump’s visit cast her as nurturing and selfless, with little risk. No tyke was going to pop up and ask whether she had permission to quote Dr. Seuss.
“If you bungle raising your children, I don’t think whatever else you do matters very much” -- Jackie Kennedy in a 1959 interview with NBC TV
Jacqueline Kennedy was by turns pragmatic and bereft about her husband’s seemingly compulsive sex outside of their marriage.
To whom did Huma look for this example? Her mentor Hillary Clinton. “At the end of the day,” Abedin has said of the senior woman’s advice, “every woman should have the ability and the confidence and the choice to make whatever decisions she wants to make that are right for her and not be judged by it.”
From mapping a path to power to laudable notions of holding the family together, "Why They Stay" examine the uniquely challenging Faustian bargains that political wives grapple with.
In the end, it probably wasn’t Huma Abedin’s injured wifely feelings that ended her marriage so much as her professional pride.
Why They Stay is about the lives of politically married women who have stood by their men after sex scandals. It covers Eleanor Roosevelt, Jackie Kennedy, Hillary Clinton, Silda Wall Spitzer, Huma Abedin Weiner and several others. ORDER A COPY BY CLICKING HERE.
Marriage is a mysterious thing and political unions are even more so. In the engrossing and important Why They Stay Anne Michaud peers into the heart of some of the most famously troubled political marriages of the past 100 years in an attempt to understand why accomplished women ranging from Hillary Clinton to Silda Spitzer put up with men many others would have quickly kicked to the curb. Her answers will no doubt influence how we think about these scandals going forward -- not to mention the ones still to come.
--Helaine Olen, author of Pound Foolish
It’s a story we’ve heard often: Prominent politicians suddenly find themselves ensnared in humiliatingly public sex scandals, but their wives decide to stay with them. With a prodigious amount of research and deft storytelling skill, Anne Michaud goes beyond the headlines and explores the stories of both spouses, on both sides of the Atlantic, revealing the pain, the loyalty, and the calculations behind the wives’ decisions. Every political couple should read it.
-- Bob Keeler, author and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist
Anne Michaud breathes life into headlines that I thought I knew so well with fresh details about well-known political spouses like Hillary Clinton, Silda Wall Spitzer and Huma Abedin. Her thorough reporting helps cast them into an entirely new light to show how their personal struggles reflect the internal struggles women have faced for centuries.
-- Christine Haughney, former New York Times staff reporter
I found it really interesting, meticulously researched and well-documented. Why They Stay doesn't revert to sensationalism but really goes to the question of why they stay in the marriage.
-- Stephen F. Medici, author of The Girls in Pleated Skirts