Eliot Spitzer

Political wife, a thankless job, but somebody's got to do it

Marriage, that delicate union precariously balanced on the flimsy notion that is romantic love, can be a difficult proposition in the best of circumstances. Toss it into the political arena and you have Shakespearean drama. The 2016 presidential election is proving this true once again.

I began thinking about political wives, our long complicated history with them, when Melania Trump was eviscerated for cribbing lines (rightly so) from a Michelle Obama speech. I think her husband is a hate-monger, but I so sympathized with his wife. How could the campaign have allowed this to happen to her?

While a junior staffer eventually took the fall, the damage had been done. Melania's...