— Dan Zak (@MrDanZak) August 23, 2017
Not that it’s easy to sympathize with Louise Linton, but why should only one partner in the relationship be taking so much stick on the internet?
— Steven Mnuchin (@stevenmnuchin1) August 20, 2017
— Bakohn (@Bakohn) August 20, 2017
In a purely sociological sense, both Linton and Mnuchin have fallen victim to shifting social standards. Since approximately the 1950s, an aspiring businessman has been more or less required to find himself a wife who was not only comely and young (or working hard to appear young), but also an educated and ideally successful partner. Having achieved a highly satisfactory level of social/economic success (Skull & Bones, Goldman Sachs, IndyMac), Mnuchin could afford a (third) wife who was not only 18 years younger than he, but an actual (tv & remake) ‘movie star’. After working hard to achieve enough success that she could partner an independent production company, Linton assumed she could take a (second) husband and an ongoing role as a high-profile trophy wife.
Alas for romantic dreams, in today’s turbulent world, a Treasury Secretary is required to be not only wealthy but also socially conscious (thus his former classmates’ request that Mnuchin speak up about that whole Charlottesville embarrassment). And a High-Placed Public Official’s trophy wife — someone whose “job”, by definition, is to be seen traveling to all the newsiest places while wearing easily-identifiable high-dollar goods (preferably donated, for marketing purposes, by the best brands) — is required to demonstrate a conspicuous modesty about her good fortune. When Mnuchin fluffed his social-responsibility test, the news only appeared on the political pages; when Linton #failed her So-lucky-God-and-the-market-have-blessed-me audition, she immediately became fodder for the voracious celebritainment media she’d formerly courted…
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 22, 2017
— Schooley (@Rschooley) August 22, 2017
also wait does the treasury secretary's wife think paying taxes is like a kind of credit to a government rewards program https://t.co/64XRHnI7xn
— Alexandra Petri (@petridishes) August 22, 2017
As a side bar, because I am a a natural-born hater, I find this grace note intriguing…
Bernie kicks off Ohio town hall by criticizing TV coverage of Mnuchin Instagram story. (I think it's a good story) pic.twitter.com/aQaYyzciW0
— Dave Weigel (@daveweigel) August 22, 2017
(Why would a proud leftier-than-thou Independent have such sympathy for the sufferings of a rich man’s wife at the hands of the media, just because she might’ve gotten a little… overambitious on the wings of her husband’s success? Maybe he’s just that generous a soul!)