Dustin and the good wife

I just came from the well-attended sex news conference of the attorney general and Democratic gubernatorial candidate, Dustin McDaniel, and I offer a dual lead:

1. The best thing about it was that Dustin’s wife, Bobbi, didn’t stand beside him in that cliched pose like some kind of obeisant and scorned-but-enduring fount of long-suffering forgiveness. She was there. She walked in with him. Then she took a seat to listen to Dustin talk about how wonderful she was. Good for her. This represents an advancement in political “good wife” obligation and imagery.

2. If everything McDaniel said holds true, then he will weather this matter and emerge actually stronger as the frontrunning Democrat for governor and last best chance against wholesale Hutchinson-ization.

He says he made a brief mistake, is ashamed, has owned up and asked forgiveness. He says he must re-prove himself, and will. He says there are no other women. He says there was no compromising of the attorney general’s office or the public trust or the state’s interest in this brief inappropriateness. He saye he texted this woman, Andi Davis, but isn’t much worried if any of those texts are captured by the State Police in connection with any investigation stemming from that shooting death of a man in her driveway for which no one has been charged. He says his wife forgives him and no financial backers have asked for their money back and no legislative endorser has rescinded.

It was an altogether unpleasant event, for me and a whole lot more for him. Public news events based on the rubbing of extra-marital body parts have always distressed me. But this was a vital gauntlet run.

McDaniel said all the right things. He maybe laid on the love of wife and family a bit thick, but maybe that’s just penitence and humility, both of which he needs.

The issue here is judgment and behavior. The interesting thing is whether both are now improved.




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  1. He cheated on his first wife. That’s why they divorced. He’s a serial cheater. And he lied today about no other women.


    8 Jan 13 at 12:11 pm

  2. As history shows us over and over again, we take our leaders from those who appear to be headed on a course which fits our own particular blend of ideals, bias or prejudice. If we like the direction in which they seem to be headed and come across well and half-way literate, they will win if there are more of “us’ums” than of “them’uns.” Fealty to one’s spouse, ironically, is often still one of the tests of “electability,” as in the question, “If they cannot be loyal to their spouse, how can we be really sure if they are all that all trustworthy and honest. Will they “steal” from us as well?”
    Yet we all know of many of our leaders that were dishonest with their spouses and with us (the generic “us”), e.g. Bill C., JFK, Ike, LBJ, but we kept re-electing them. The postulate that appears to arise is that if the lack of fealty comes out, is widely known as true by the applicable electorate, AFTER he or she is FIRST ELECTED and he or she has already proved his or her mettle in the political wars, no one cares. But someone who has not proved squat cannot even dream of really being elected if the bad information comes out first…our latent sense of morality will take over just as we start to check the box, pull the lever or whatever in the polling booth.
    I do not pretend to know McDaniel, but it looks to me as if he and his supporters are fooling themselves if they believe he is electable.
    As I recall, Asa had the same issue arise a few years ago (If I am wrong–excuse me), but, regardless, he has proved himself at least literate–even if misguided and aligned with a gaggle of miscreants. And he will clearly be elected if McDaniel is his opponent.
    Our Democratic Party NEEDS another candidate.

    Don Switzer

    8 Jan 13 at 1:15 pm

  3. This election selection is bothering me as much as the national one we just got through, where are the statesmen? where are the leaders? Term limits on Gov . Be damned.

    Don Brown

    8 Jan 13 at 1:44 pm

  4. Craighead, do you know that as fact, or just what you had heard?


    8 Jan 13 at 5:48 pm

  5. Don Switzer—it was not Asa Hutchinson who had an extramarital affair on his wife, but his brother Tim Hutchinson who was a US Senator at the time.

    Dana Watson

    9 Jan 13 at 11:38 am

  6. He said that ‘he didn’t break any laws’. Doesn’t God’s laws count anymore ?

    Clell Lewis

    9 Jan 13 at 11:48 am

  7. Why can we not have somebody who is at least partially honest in a political race? Is it a well know fact, and requirement, for political office that a candidate must be required to lie, cheat and steal? Or is there a type of ceremony after winning a race that you are ‘christened’ into these behavioral traits? Will the world ever know?


    9 Jan 13 at 11:54 am

  8. He actually denied a Freedom of Information request on his cell phone and e-mail records. She also was the opposing party during 4 or 5 cases his office was involved.

    If he can’t be a responsible human being as AG, then I don’t want him as Governor.


    9 Jan 13 at 11:56 am

  9. Clell – Well put. Our elected officials appear to be the best that money can buy, just as Alabama has fielded the best foothball team that money can buy.

    Glenn Buercklin, Sr.

    9 Jan 13 at 12:02 pm

  10. will emerge stronger??? you have got to be kidding……that will go down as one of the most ignorant things you ever said(wrote)…..that is pathetic Brummett….you are better than that…..


    9 Jan 13 at 12:29 pm

  11. If he repeatedly cheats on his wives, how can the voters be expected to trust him? He does not derserve a 3rd (that are known) chance.


    9 Jan 13 at 1:35 pm

  12. one is that we have not established your conclusion “repeatedly.” two, as i will explain in a column tomorrow, we could trust jfk to stare down khruschev even if jackie could trust him for a second. we could trust clinton to outduel gingrich even if monica was under his desk at the time. not a moral judgment, just a job assessment.


    9 Jan 13 at 2:01 pm

  13. Mr Brummett said ” COULD emerge stronger”
    Oh, and I’m not really friends with John Brummett, but cant you be a little more civil.And Can you say ” President Clinton”

    mike graves

    9 Jan 13 at 1:36 pm

  14. Doesn’t it bother anyone that the media is reporting this as an inappropriate relationship rather than what it was, adultery?


    10 Jan 13 at 9:49 pm

  15. I predict a split in the GOP regarding the gov race
    ASA will be considered a has been who ran against Win Rock
    Same old GOP song, run an old white man proclaiming ” less govt less taxes” while the Dems run an energetic newcomer( perhaps Sen Larry Teague)
    Voters will be frustrated at the lack of doable bills passed by tea party and elect a conservative Dem

    mike graves

    11 Jan 13 at 8:23 am

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