Perino: Sanford affair proves we need to ‘elect more women.’

danaCommenting on Gov. Mark Sanford’s (R-SC) extramarital affair with a woman from Argentina, former White House Press Secretary Dana Perino writes in the National Review: “If the constant stream of these confessions by unfaithful husbands is any guide, we’ll be treated to more and more of these stories.” She then suggests an interesting solution:

While I am not able to explain, I do think I know the answer to all of this: Elect more women. No woman I know has the time for such trysts, nor do I know any who say the desire one. They’re too busy trying to keep all the plates spinning at home, at work, and at the gym to make sure none fall and break.

Right-wing anti-tax activist Grover Norquist had quite a different takeaway from the Sanford saga, suggesting that women might be the problem. “It does indicate that men who oppose federal spending at the local level are irresistible to women,” he said.


Kate Klonick writes, “I mean, of course we should elect more women to office. But is Perino really suggesting (and is [Kathryn Jean] Lopez really agreeing!?) that the impetus to women in office is because they’re too busy (read: too sexless) to be having affairs?”

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