Don't Mock Mike Pence For Protecting His Marriage, Commend Him

by MOLLIE ZIEGLER HEMINGWAY March 31, 2017

Liberals were horrified to learn that Mike Pence doesn't dine alone with women who aren't his wife and doesn't drink if she's not around. They shouldn't be.

Among the many norms broken by the media in the last year is the relative lack of profiles of the wives of the president and vice president. So it was nice to see a basic profile of Karen Pence, wife of Vice President Mike Pence, in the Washington Post. Even though Mrs. Pence holds political and religious views different from those held by most in the media, the article is mostly respectful of her as a person.

A problem arose when the story's author marketed the piece on social media:

This particular tweet was one of many that Parker sent out to promote her story. This one went viral. People of various political stripes all assumed she was mocking the Pences for their marital conduct. On the Left, people found the protective mechanism horrible. Here's a sample of their response:

So the GOP is up in arms over Sharia law, yet Mike Pence won't have a business meal with a woman that's not his wife. Sure, that checks out.   - Philip Sherburne (@PhilipSherburne) March 29, 2017

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We could go on, and on, and on. Clara Jeffrey, the editor-in-chief of Mother Jones, attempted to plumb the depths of misogyny evinced by Pence's actions in support of marital fidelity.

Still other Twitter sages expressed profound disgust with Mike Pence calling his wife "mother," though I can't post their vile tweets so you'll just have to trust me. My parents didn't call each other "mother" or "father" and my husband and I don't do it, but I've certainly encountered it across the country and globe, so the reaction against it suggests a certain lack of reading or travel.

Anyway, is Mike Pence a monster for not dining privately with women who are not his wife? What about not boozing it up at parties unless his wife is around?

Not only is he not a monster, he sounds like he's a smart man who understands that infidelity is something that threatens every marriage and must be guarded against.

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Mollie Ziegler Hemingway is a senior editor at The Federalist. Follow her on Twitter at @mzhemingway


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