It was the best of times, it was the worst of times for two noble public servants, Gov. Bob McDonnell and Gov. Chris Christie. Former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell was indicted and later found guilty on corruption charges, using the power of his office to promote business interests of a “friend” who showered the McDonnell family in $177,000 worth of gifts and loans. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie was implicated in a scandal dubbed “bridge gate” when several leaked emails suggested his office conspired to create traffic on George Washington Bridge for political retaliation against Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich who did not endorse Gov. Christie for re-election.
Both men quickly came forward to address those allegations and present the true guilty parties – crazy women. They gave the media the scapegoats, some sordid personal details, and the headlines wrote themselves. The politicians’ defense played on inherent sexism in our culture and gave us two stories: one of a nagging, crazy wife, and one of a woman scorned.