We’ve seen it all before in real political life. Hilary Clinton stands by her man after he has engaged in oral sex with Monica Lewinsky in the Oval Office. Huma Mahmood Abedin, now the latest victim, stands by her sexting-addicted husband Anthony Weiner.
It’s like a season of CBS’s epic drama, The Good Wife. The show examines the twists and turns of a political wife who stood by her husband after torrid affairs and a corruption scandal landed him in jail. The Good Wife, Alicia Florrick, is left to pick up the pieces for her family. She re-enters the workforce as a junior associate with a prominent Chicago law firm. Four seasons later, she’s granted partnership in the firm.
The Good Wife, Alicia Florrick remains by her husband’s side. Last season, her law firm defended husband Peter Florrick and his campaign as they dealt with charges of voter fraud after he is elected Governor of Illinois. Alicia defends him along with the senior partners. Its’s ironic under the circumstances. It’s why we keep watching.
This early interview with Julianna Margulies, who plays Alicia Florrick on The Good Wife, paints the picture of the modern day political spouse -
A reporter asked why political women don’t tend to get caught in sex scandals. “Women do not have the time,” Margulies answered. “Dear Lord! Between the kids and the job and the cleaning and the cooking, we just don’t have the time!”
Margulies admits that she, too, tended to look askance at the political wives who stood by their wayward men — until she took the role. “[The part] gave tremendous respect for them — so quick to judge until I stood in Alicia’s shoes,” Margulies said. “It’s not like these are silly little women waiting for their husbands to come home. A lot of them have two degrees and are incredibly accomplished.” Read more here.
Enter Huma Abedin, wife of the Weiner (a.k.a. “Carlos Danger”). She shows a striking resemblance to The Good Wife.
In the real life saga, former Congressman Anthony Weiner, who resigned due to a “sexting” scandal in 2012, appears to be rebuilding trust in his marital relationship after the birth of the couple’s first child. After the bitterness, blame, denial, lying and cheating, Weiner decides to run for Mayor of New York; his fully supportive wife at his side. She is once again betrayed; her husband once again caught again “sexting” under the alias “Carlos Danger”.
More people are watching the Weiner-Abedin union now with greater scrutiny. What most people don’t know is this: The saga gets even juicier.
The man who asked America to define what the meaning of the word “is” is regarding sexual relationships presided over the Weiner-Abedin wedding as officiant. Weiner (a Jew) marries Abedin (a Muslim). And Bill Clinton officiates.
It doesn’t get much better than this.
If the true life episode with Weiner and Abedin wasn’t an episode of The Good Wife before, it is most likely going to play a role now.
The question on most women’s minds is this: “Why is Huma Abedin staying with Anthony Weiner?”
Surely, I don’t know, and nobody else seems to either.
If you’re a politico, you may think that she was drawn to his power. He was a New York Congressman in a safe district. The two had met through Democrat politics.
Abedin, 36, who got her start as an Intern in 1996 for then-First Lady Hilary Clinton, is a smart, beautiful woman who clearly caught the eye of Mrs. Clinton and Anthony Weiner. Hilary brought her to the U.S. State Department as her traveling chief of staff. This is one of the most important roles in the U.S. government.
Those who know Huma Abedin say that she is brilliant, calm, and a great public servant. U.S. Senator John McCain, the 2008 nominee for President, defended Abedin in 2012 against charges made by other Republicans including Rep. Michelle Bachmann, who alleged that she had ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.
McCain’s voice is important as he is the go-to guy on U.S. Senate on Foreign Affairs and a former Prisoner of War. U.S. Senators Lindsay Graham and Scott Brown also defended Abedin. McCain called charges against Abedin “an unwarranted and unfounded attack on an honorable woman, a dedicated American and a loyal public servant.”
Ironically, it was CBS, the station the runs The Good Wife, who first reported McCain’s statement.
As a woman who has run for office and served in public service on the opposite side as an appointee of Reagan and Bush, I am sad for Huma Abedin. She clearly has talent and what appears to be a good public service record. While our politics could not be more different, I’m struggling with how I feel about her. Struggling because she’s going through hell right now.
Huma’s world is clearly much different than my own. She was born in Missouri and moved to Saudi Arabia as a small child. Her life experiences have shaped who she is, for good or for bad. Clearly, she is trying to make a difference; her philosophy tied to her strong loyalty to Hilary Clinton.
So, for Huma, a woman with these accomplishments, continuing the “Weiner for Mayor” campaign seems pretty silly under the circumstances. Even if she was trying to help Hilary win the Democrat nomination in 2016, neither of these women need this man in office, anywhere.
So that would leave only one reason that Huma Abedin stays with Anthony Weiner: Maybe she loves him.
What do you think?
Should Huma Abedin stay with Anthony Weiner?
Should Anthony Weiner drop out of the NYC Mayor’s Race?
Will Huma’s loyalty to Anthony be an impediment when Hilary runs for President?
No matter what happens, the good wives, Hilary and Huma, seem destined to stay together.
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This commentary originally appeared at ThoughtfulWomen.org and is reprinted here with permission.