WaPo's Marcus: Harvard-Grad Mrs. Spitzer 'Serious Person' Not Some Tammy Wynette

In a revealing moment of MSM elitism, WaPo editorialist Ruth Marcus, discussing the decision of Silda Wall Spitzer to appear with her husband Eliot yesterday, wanted people to know Mrs. Spitzer is a Harvard law grad and a "serious" person, not a Tammy Wynette type.

Marcus was interviewed by Contessa Brewer on MSNBC this afternoon, and the pair turned to the question of why political wives tend to appear with their husbands who have been caught up in sex scandals.

RUTH MARCUS: I just don't think that we should also lump all these women together. And to use a line that got Hillary Clinton in some trouble back in the 1992 presidential campaign, Eliot Spitzer's wife is not some Tammy Wynette, stand-by-your-man kind of woman.

She continued . . .

She's a very serious, Harvard-educated, Wall Street-working, mergers-and-acquisitions lawyer who is now involved in a children's charity. She is a serious person, and she's not simply kind of dragged up there on stage by her husband. So I am sure that every spouse needs to sort of, after an event like this, decide what's right for their future. But at the moment, you just sort of go on with the part of your job.

Could Marcus possibly be more condescending? Are women who are not Harvard-educated and haven't worked on Wall Street less "serious" than those who have? Are they less proud? More likely to look the other way? Or is this simply the elitism of the MSM as typified by Marcus, who let it be known she is herself Eliot Spitzer's Harvard Law classmate?

Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein
Mark Finkelstein is a contributing editor for NewsBusters.