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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.Echoes of John Edwards statements on how his own narcissism led to his extramarital dalliances? Certainly. And a fairly pithy description of the fame bubble many politicians live in -- where it's easy for an ego naturally inclined that way to flourish out of control. The only real trouble with her analysis is that, when the subject changes from affairs in general to her own situation, Jenny Sanford, too, seems to have been sipping the Kool-Aid.
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.And, later:
"My husband has got some issues that he needs to work on, about happiness and what happiness means . . . I think when a lot of men get to this midpoint in life, they start asking questions that they probably should have asked a long time ago." She added, "Midlife aging is different for men than for women."So, first his affair was not his choice but the result of a compulsion, then he's going through a mid-life crisis (which women, apparently, do not have), and we still need to fret over whether this man has the capacity for happiness?
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