Simply judging her based on how she handles her marriage seems sexist in that subconscious, pernicious way (I can't think of any male candidate whose marriage has been scrutinized), but then to somehow blame the victim of an affair for her response to it and to assume she must have dubious intentions is an example of the absurd double standard powerful females are held to: She can't be too strong because then she's a bitch -- and, in this case, a power-hungry, self-interested bitch -- but she also can't have moments of weakness because then she's too "emotional" (and other such negative traits still attached to females) to serve. And, for the record, this is coming from someone who can't stand feminazis, or anyone who enjoys playing the victim for that matter. You say your opinion is shaped by being exposed to affairs. (I have plenty of my own experience in that regard, both with couples who should've broken up as a result and with couples who worked through it and stayed together happily for the same reasons that Hillary described. But that's for another thread.) OK, so you personally don't think you would tolerate being cheated on, and you find it hard to respect people who do tolerate it. Fine. But then you make a giant leap to assume it was for her own political gain. And it's not just you who makes that argument; Fox News pundits and those other sacks of shit like Chris Matthews repeat it over and over as if it were fact. Also, analyzing how much they love each other by, if not kissing, what?, their body language? (do they stand disproportionately farther apart from each other than the other candidate couples? um, i don't think so? wtf is going on here?) during public, professional events seems absolutely bizarre. And as for her "using him" to campaign for her, what other candidate's spouse isn't out there on the campaign trail? The Republican candidates never miss an opportunity to extol their constituents' favorite traits in their wives: beauty, charm, reticence, child-rearing abilities, etc. Obama self-effacingly (in a totally calculated, affected way) admits to Michelle scolding him or correcting him or advising him. John Edwards' wife is fucking DYING OF CANCER, yet he dragged her out on the campaign trail with him, rather than quietly spending her last few months alive with his family, but no one seems to malign his character for it. (Eh, I just reread that part of your post, and you weren't actually arguing against Bill campaigning with her, so nevermind I guess. But I'm going to leave this paragraph, because it's still important I think.) Just so you know, I think we probably have more similar stances than I have with several other people here, so I don't have any particular bone to pick with you. I just think this is an interesting conversation.