In The Tempest, Shakespeare wrote “Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows.” In recent years, that phrase has been reworded to “Politics makes strange bedfellows.” The literal meaning of the quote is that people with nothing in common may come together solely because of shared political interests.
Today’s new story about one of the most famous contemporary political couples, makes me think of that quote in a different context – what about a couple who are completely opposed to each other politically?
I’m not talking about one spouse voting Democrat while the other votes Republican, or mere political disagreements at the Thanksgiving dinner table. I’m talking about two people whose lives and careers are dedicated to competing politics – which really must make for interesting household conversation.
Love Conquers Politics
One famous political couple, James Carville & Mary Matalin, were long the model on how political opponents could remain happily married. But they don’t hold a candle to the pressures of today’s political power couple. And I’m not talking about Donald & Melania Trump.
Yes, I’m talking about Kellyanne Conway (Counselor to President Trump) and her husband, prominent attorney and leading anti-Trumpite George Conway. While it’s not unusual to see them publicly disagree on key issues of the day, it’s on separate shows, and you never hear one talk about the other publicly.
But this week politics took an interesting twist when Kellyanne defended Trump’s conduct with respect to Cohen, repeating Trump’s assertion that he never directed disgraced former attorney Michael Cohen to break the law. Husband George seems to have actually publicly fact-checked her by calling B.S. on that claim, asking:
“Given that Trump has repeatedly lied about the Daniels and McDougal payments—and given that he lies about virtually everything else, to the point that his own former personal lawyer described him as a “f****ing liar”—why should we take his word over that of federal prosecutors?”
In We Just Disagree, Dave Mason may as well have been singing about the Conways when he sang:
“So let’s leave it alone ’cause we can’t see eye to eye
There ain’t no good guy, there ain’t no bad guy
There’s only you and me and we just disagree”
It’s never a good idea to pick a fight with one’s spouse, but fighting about politics in public for all to see seems to me like asking for trouble. And should things come to a head, at least in Colorado the domestic relations judge would not even care who won that argument. Right vs wrong, and politics, are meaningless in a no-fault state!
ADDENDUM 3/8/2023. Sad news that the Conways have announced their divorce. Given the inevitable strain of their bitter, and very public, political differences, I guess it’s a testament to their strength that they lasted as long as they did.
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