She’s Getting Too Old for Him

Rupert Murdoch, 82, is divorcing his third wife Wendi, who is 44, after 14 years of marriage and two daughters.

I always thought that they were two people who really deserved each other.  He had the gold, and she had the digging equipment.

Perhaps he wants a wife who is young enough to be his great-grandaughter.

Makes for an Awkward Christmas Card

House Speaker John Boehner’s daughter, Lindsay Marie Boehner, is engaged to a Jamaican construction worker, Dominic Lakhan, who has been arrested for marijuana possession.  Boehner opposes marijuana legalization, even for medical purposes.  And he’s probably not thrilled to have a son-in-law with flowing dreadlocks in the family Christmas card that goes out to his conservative donors and constituents.

Colbert Busch Leading Sanford

A new PPP poll shows Dem Elizabeth Colbert Busch leading former GOP Gov. Mark Sanford by nine points (50 to 41) in the upcoming special election to Congress from South Carolina’s First District.

PPP leans Dem, so this poll may show a wider lead than she really has, but even so, this is a conservative district that Mitt won by 18 points.  A lead of any amount shows how much trouble Sanford is in with the election coming up on May 7.

I think the GOP figures they’ll get rid of Sanford now and Colbert Busch in 2014.

NRCC To Sanford — No Money for You

In the light of Jenny Sanford’s claim that former SC Gov. Mark Sanford has trespassed at her house on numerous occasions, the NRCC has announced that it won’t contribute to Sanford’s campaign for his old House seat in Charleston.  That election is May 7, and Sanford’s court appearance on the trespassing charge is May 9.  The NRCC had been considering an infusion of millions of dollars in the next few weeks.

Sanford admits that he was at Jenny’s house, without her permission, on February 3 to watch the Super Bowl with one of their sons.  In his statement, he claims that he was unable to reach her.

But their divorce agreement says “neither will hereafter enter into the residence of the other without the specific permission of the other.”  It doesn’t say “best efforts” to reach the other, and it doesn’t say one of their children can give permission.  If Sanford wanted to watch the Super Bowl with his son, he should have done so at his house, about twenty minutes away.

Moreover, this wasn’t a one-time event.  Jenny’s complaint alleges that her ex-husband “has entered into a pattern of entering onto Plaintiff’s property…without her permission and against her wishes.”

You’d think Sanford would at least honor his divorce agreement during his campaign, that he’d be on his best behavior as he seeks votes.  To me this shows a continuing pattern of recklessness and cluelessness that makes him unfit for office.

Sanford refers to his ex-wife’s house on Sullivan’s Island as “the beach house.”  No, Governor, it is Jenny’s house now.  But given that you never respected her feelings, I don’t know why you’d respect her property.

Good for the NRCC in saying, “No soup money for you!”

Liar, Adulterer, Trespasser

Mark Sanford’s ex-wife Jenny has accused him of trespassing at her house on Sullivan’s Island outside Charleston, and the former Governor has to appear in court on May 9, two days after the special election in which he hopes to win back his old House seat.

According to their divorce agreement, the Sanfords must get permission before entering the other’s home, but Jenny apparently keeps finding Mark in her house.  She has custody of their four sons.

So he wasn’t home with her when he was supposed to be, and now he’s there when he’s not supposed to be!  He’s just a strange dude.  And this doesn’t help him with women voters.

Quote of the Day

“I don’t have any thoughts on the race that I am currently interested in sharing with the public and I have no plans to endorse.  I remain completely focused on the four wonderful men in my life [her sons] and happily so.”

Jenny Sanford on whether she endorses her adulterous ex, former Gov. Mark Sanford, in his race for his old House seat against Dem Elizabeth Colbert Busch.

That’s okay, Jenny, we all know you’re voting for Colbert Busch.

Sanford Celebrates with Mistress

Former South Carolina Governor Mark Sanford won the GOP primary run-off for his old House seat tonight.

That was expected.  The surprise of the night was that his mistress/fiancee, Maria Belen Chapur shared the stage with him at his victory celebration.

Sanford will face Stephen Colbert’s sister, Elizabeth Colbert Busch, in the general.

 

Quote of the Day

“When I climbed the Capitol steps in January, I promised myself that I would return to the Senate with an open mind and greater respect for others.

“Same-sex couples should have the right to civil marriage. Our time on this earth is limited, I know that better than most.  Life comes down to who you love and who loves you back– government has no place in the middle.”

Sen. Mark Kirk (R-Illinois) becoming the second GOP senator to support marriage equality.

At least Rob Portman now has some company at his lonely table for one.

But it shouldn’t take having a gay child (Portman has a gay son) or a near-death experience (Kirk had a stroke) to see the light on this one.

Fathers and Sons

From “Study of Men’s Falling Income Cites Single Parents,” Binyamin Appelbaum, NYT:

“The decline of two-parent households may be a significant reason for the divergent fortunes of male workers, whose earnings generally declined in recent decades, and female workers, whose earnings generally increased, a prominent labor economist argues in a new survey of existing research.

“David H. Autor, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, says that the difference between men and women, at least in part, may have roots in childhood. Only 63 percent of children lived in a household with two parents in 2010, down from 82 percent in 1970. The single parents raising the rest of those children are predominantly female. And there is growing evidence that sons raised by single mothers ‘appear to fare particularly poorly,’ Professor Autor wrote in an analysis for Third Way, a center-left policy research organization.

“In this telling, the economic struggles of male workers are both a cause and an effect of the breakdown of traditional households. Men who are less successful are less attractive as partners, so some women are choosing to raise children by themselves, in turn often producing sons who are less successful and attractive as partners.

“’A vicious cycle may ensue,’ wrote Professor Autor and his co-author, Melanie Wasserman, a graduate student, ‘with the poor economic prospects of less educated males creating differentially large disadvantages for their sons, thus potentially reinforcing the development of the gender gap in the next generation.’

“The fall of men in the workplace is widely regarded by economists as one of the nation’s most important and puzzling trends. While men, on average, still earn more than women, the gap between them has narrowed considerably, particularly among more recent entrants to the labor force.

“For all Americans, it has become much harder to make a living without a college degree, for intertwined reasons including foreign competition, advancements in technology and the decline of unions. Over the same period, the earnings of college graduates have increased. Women have responded exactly as economists would have predicted, by going to college in record numbers. Men, mysteriously, have not.

“Among people who were 35 years old in 2010, for example, women were 17 percent more likely to have attended college, and 23 percent more likely to hold an undergraduate degree.”

Having raised a son in a two-parent household, this theory makes sense to me on a gut level.  I was the one who made sure my son had the latest video game he wanted, my husband was the one who made sure he did his homework.