A couple of months ago I wrote about the interesting public soap opera of Kellyanne and George Conway. I felt the story needed a bit of an update.
Now while nobody really knows what goes on in a relationship aside from the people directly involved, liaisons with a political context have a very different dynamic than other types of romances.
Plus, though we all (including me) certainly feign the vanity of being focused on politics because of the sport of the thing or out of policy ideals, the minor celebrity aspect of it also interests us. Or nobody would be talking about the Conways.
The popular perception, at least in the DC conservative circles I run in, is that the lovely, charming, sharp Kellyanne is moored in a dysfunctional marriage with the toad-like Vichy collaborator, her husband George.
Political marital partnerships, as stated above, especially, shall we say, cross-filed (of different views) relationships are difficult to navigate. As a single guy here in the DC metro area who is in the throes of definite middle age, I’ve dated occasionally both liberal and conservative women who disagreed with me politically.
One lass, a liberal not a leftist, asked me to take down a picture I had in my place of the president (a pic a friend took at the inauguration). I said I would if she took down her Obama pic. She said she didn’t feel she had to because my pic was “offensive” and her pic was not. Our personal duet lasted less than five minutes after that conversation. Another lefty galpal told me I had to get over my “ancient irrational hatred of communism” that she said had a bygone historical basis because “the Russians attacked Pearl Harbor, which started the Cold War.”
Conservative women have their own issues, though they tend not to be intellectual or ideological. I’d write more on that subject, but I’m limited in this space to less than 10,000 words.
My general point being that politics is more than about politics, but also reflects deep values, principles, ideals, even temperament. That’s why politically divergent intimate rapports, much less marriages, have a rough go of it. As someone who seems smart, strong, and decisive, I doubt Kellyanne Conway would be in a marriage where basic values, as evidenced over politics, would be so different. Also, if that were the case (I mean the cross-filed aspect), I doubt it started with Trump.
So, my revised theory is she isn’t in that type of marriage at all. I bet she is in a fine marriage. However, as they are both DC pros they have worked out a Mrs. Inside and Mr. Outside shtick to leave their options open no matter what happens. This goes on much more in Washington than you’d think.
She keeps solid her rep with the populist right. He keeps channels open with the anti-Trump types and Vichy GOP in the event the president crashes and burns or against the day he leaves office. He’s an attorney and, before she signed on to Trump duty, she was a noted and successful pollster. Both want clients after the president leaves the stage and/or after she leaves his service.
Yeah, this is mere Page Six speculation, and remember my opening caveat about the only people who truly know. But I have too much respect for her strength of character and intellect to think she’d want to have to deal with that kind of noise at home.
For conservative women will put up with a lot. But her husband’s constant and snide professional sniping is way past the call of duty.
Also, a quick final note. A report just came in that White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders, an excellent individual and public servant, will be leaving the administration in about two weeks. Dealing with a spitefully biased leftist press on a regular basis and not having the Secret Service tase the lot of them qualifies that woman for sainthood.
Her professionalism, expertise, and dedication to her job and president will be really missed. Interestingly, the gubernatorial seat in Arkansas (a virtual GOP lock), where she’s going home to, opens up in 2022. Her dad was a previous governor.
Happy trails Sanders. Hope to see you back in the game soon.