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Subject:If you want to see your kids...
Time:12:47 am
bellaballanda twittered a link to this story about the wife of South Carolina governor Mark Sanford. In reading it, I was particularly struck by this quote:
"You would think that a father who didn't have contact with his children, if he wanted those children, he would toe the line a little bit," she said.
My first reading of this was that she was saying that if he wanted to see his children he was going to have to toe the line. On rereading it I'm less certain of my interpretation, but the insinuation is certainly there. For the sake of this discussion, I'm going with my initial interpretation.

My reaction was, "How dare she?" The underlying implication are that they're her kids rather than their kids, and that she should have some ultimate authority as to what involvement he has in their life. To me it seems almost equally valid for him to say, "If you want to see the kids again, you have to let me have this affair." The world would explode if he did that, though, while her statement goes by with little notice.
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ronsrants
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Time:2009-06-28 02:18 pm (UTC)
She's a handful, that one.

Yeah, she took the kids and told him to "tow the line." She also told him not to go see his mistress. I guess he only heard the first part.

-R
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prock
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Time:2009-06-28 03:18 pm (UTC)
It's "toe" the line, not "tow" the line.

And yes, being governor he should have at least some inkling of laws and how they are enforced.
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whipartist
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Time:2009-06-28 05:42 pm (UTC)
Yes, yes, it's toe. I got it right in my initial discussion, but was half-asleep when I wrote that.
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andrewhime
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Time:2009-06-28 05:13 pm (UTC)
*shrug* Given how divorces usually go in this country...
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omahas
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Time:2009-06-29 04:41 am (UTC)
Bwahahaha!! You're joking, right? Please. The guy just took off for four days or so without telling anyone to go boff his mistress again, after being caught doing it for years and being warned not to do it again or else. What did you think the "else" was?

She damn well has the right to leave him and take the kids with her. Then they go to court and the court decides how much contact the two of them get. And somehow, I doubt that the court is going to say, "Yeah, we'll stick the kids with the guy who drops off the face of the earth to go boff his mistress cause his dick itches."
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courtneydisney
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Time:2009-06-29 08:18 pm (UTC)
Yeah, he wasn't too worried about "their" kids when he took off - I'm guessing the kids spend the majority of their time with her anyway, even during the marriage.

I'd love to see him fight for full custody of the kids, but I seriously doubt that will happen.
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