The XX Factor

Jenny Sanford’s Hints

Emily, I suspect S.C. Gov. Mark Sanford’s wife, Jenny, was hinting at her husband’s infidelity during her interactions with the press while her husband was AWOL. If she were really putting up with his affair and trying to cover for him, wouldn’t she have said that she knew where he was but that he was trying to lay low? Laughed off the inquiries with a harmless quip about a slow news day? The “Where in the World Is Mark Sanford?” game was stoked in large part by the fact that even his wife couldn’t pinpoint his location on a map. Yesterday, she told CNN, “I am being a mom today. I have not heard from my husband. I am taking care of my children.” That sounds like a woman who knew exactly where her husband was and who he was with-and was tired of grinning and bearing it. And if that’s true, good for her-she didn’t expose their troubles, but she didn’t try to gloss over them, either.