Paragons of Marital Excellence

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  1. This is a pretty interesting post. I think about this one a lot as my marriage matures. While I would never argue that romance is unimportant in a marriage, I think it’s important to remember that it waxes and wanes with time and the events in our lives. What’s often more important is that a marriage be a very strong partnership. My wife and I aren’t always madly in love with each other but we are great partners and that actually deepens our love in a lot of ways.

    I think Bill and Hillary are one hell of a couple. They’ve been in the game a long time and they’ve carved out two pretty unique rolls for themselves. I think they have a lot more to offer before they go off into the sunset.Report

  2. Avatar Jaybird says:

    Jim Henley has a pretty good post about this as well.

    Here’s his finish: It’s an odd marriage – only odd people rise to that level of political eminence. But it’s too durable to assume, in this era, that it’s just a career move. I believe that if they were animals on the paradigmatic veldt and one of them died, the other would hang by the body and howl for days.

    That last sentence just chokes me up.Report

  3. Avatar gregiank says:

    “paradigmatic veldt”????? Who talks like that? Should they be slapped or applauded for that?Report

    • Avatar Mike Schilling says:

      “The main animals inhabiting the paradigmatic veldt are the elks, the moose, and the knights of Pythias.”Report

  4. Avatar Rufus F. says:

    Good post. I’ve often thought there’s sort of a Holmes/Moriarty thing going on with Bill and Hillary- they’re brilliant rivals who need each other to spur themselves to greater heights. One could defeat the other, but then what would they do with themselves?Report

  5. Avatar Mike Schilling says:

    “… the Clinton marriage, however hollow from the inside”

    Keeping in mind that all of us have close friends whose marriages are complete mysteries to us, how, exactly, would Dreher know this?Report

    • Avatar North says:

      @Mike Schilling, Exactly. I’m always amused by all the various wise pundits (especially the moral ones who preach from airport bathroom stalls or from the arms of their gay “luggage boys”) who purport to somehow know what exactly is in the hearts and minds of the Clintons.

      It’s entirely possible of course that the relationship is as cold blooded as they claim. But how the hell would these poobahs know?Report

  6. Avatar Parmenides says:

    No one knows what goes on inside of a marriage. That’s about the beginning and the end of it. We can conjecture. We can think about it. But at the end of the day the first sentence of this comment holds true.Report