Women have historically forgiven straying husbands, it’s almost an ingrained belief that men are much more likely to cheat on their wives, so it comes as only a small surprise to most women when infidelity is discovered. The reasons for such tolerance are firmly embedded in our ideas of the differences between the sexes and the role we each play in a marriage. The oldest story tells us that men are naturally weak at controlling their sexual impulses and legendarily needy for the ego stroking provided by women, making them easy prey for young gold digging immoral hussies. This old rule of thumb applies doubly to powerful men. While we will eventually forgive the man, we never ever forgive, or forget, the other woman.
Which brings us to Judy Giuliani, newest wife of presidential hopeful Rudy Giuliani. After a very sordid, highly public affair with this very married man and a very messy divorce for Rudy, Judy won the prize of wedded bliss to New York’s mayor. In the process, she wreaked havoc with Rudy’s relationship with his children (they aren’t supporting his candidacy), humiliated his wife and exposed Rudy’s lack of moral character to the public. As you might imagine, Judy isn’t running well in the polls with women, which translates into trouble for Rudy. Women historically surpass the male vote in elections and right now about 40% of the women polled say they think Judy’s affair makes her unsuitable to be First Lady.
Will the women of America punish Judy’s unforgivable adulterous home-wreaking by pulling the lever on election day for Rudy’s opponent? I think they might.