Where Are All The Political Husband Stories, Huh?

The media may say that they’re just reporting the news, but what signs of restraint or maturity have you seen in the coverage given to the numerous and varied “truth is stranger than fiction” tales of people married to politicians?

Not much, given the recent Newsweek cover with the title “The Good Wife 2012.”

Example of how media frames narrative about SOME political spouses especially since they are not all "she"

Example of how media frames narrative about SOME political spouses especially since they are not all "she" (do you know Michele Bachmann's husband's name without looking it up?)

Inside the issue, we find an article titled “The Real Running Mates.”

The idea that The Wife controls the decision-making of The Men Who Would Be Leaders has been particularly strong this year. I think my all-time favorite headline is this one, from Outside the Beltway: Haley Barbour’s Wife Is “Horrified” at the Thought of a Presidential Run. Take a look at the URL and note the choice of browser title for “Wives With White House Veto Power,” a post by Michelle Cottle for the Daily Beast. It reads, “Mitch Daniels’ Wife Helps Nix Run: The Rise of the Political Spouse 2012.” Where are all the articles that talk about how supportive the spouses can be?

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