What do we need to know about the wives of the remaining GOP candidates? Do they fit the mold of a Bess Truman, who inspired her husband Harry S. Truman, but was mostly hands off when it came to day-to-day politics, or do they follow more of a Bill and Hillary Clinton “two for the price of one” relationship? Here are a few tidbits about each to help you decide.
We already know a lot of infamous things about Callista, the second mistress and third wife of Newt Gingrich. On the eve of the South Carolina primary, Newt’s second wife accused him of wanting an “open marriage” so he could be with his wife and then-girlfriend Callista. Interestingly, conservative religious voters there didn’t shun him for that. So could Callista be Newt’s “secret weapon” that will take him at least to the Republican Convention? That’s entirely possible. While she doesn’t say much on the campaign trail and she seems quiet at Newt’s side with the overly-perfect Nancy Reagan wannabe look, don’t underestimate the role this former Capitol Hill staffer. Gingrich’s campaign has been declared DOA several times, but some news reports contend that Callista is the one who held the effort together to give her husband a chance for the presidency. Perhaps she’ll be the subject of Iron Lady 2?