Eugene Robinson: What was Mrs. Spitzer thinking?
Washington Post Writers Group
But what was she thinking?
Why did Silda Wall Spitzer literally stand by her man, not once but twice? What compelled or inspired her to accompany Spitzer on Monday as he responded to the breaking story with a terse apology, and then again on Wednesday when he announced his resignation?
Standing next to him at those two appearances this week, she looked in shock. The strain of crisis is always painfully visible on the spouse's face in these I-have-sinned news conferences. The intent may be to minimize the infidelity by showing that the wife is still there, that she continues to play her public role, that she still believes in her husband. But the effect is the opposite. You look at her lifeless eyes and her expressionless mouth, and you think: Look what he's done to that poor woman.