The emancipation of Jenny Sanford 

She who laughs last: The Sanfords, in happier times.     (ap)

Just as Gov. Mark Sanford's career sinks under the accumulated drama of his personal and professional transgressions, his scorned wife's prospects are suddenly looking up. Coincidence? The NYT notes that Mrs. Sanford is trademarking her name, launching a bunch of projects and may run for office. Hello, Jenny!

Ms. Sanford, who is independently wealthy, moved out of the Governor’s Mansion with their four sons and cardboard boxes of belongings and rebuffed Mr. Sanford’s efforts at reconciliation. A defiant Vogue interview and some choice words about her husband later, Ms. Sanford had become a reluctant poster woman for not standing by her man.

“All I can do is forgive,” she told Vogue.

Yes, well. Being independently wealthy certainly helps one get on with it, but still. It's nice to see her out and about. In the initial aftermath of the Argentine affair, it looked rather grimly like Jenny Sanford would get stuck in genteel, pursed-lip, stoic silent preppy wronged spouse martyrdom. But she's apparently taking the Princess Di route, and we like it.

She is writing a memoir, “Staying True,” to be released in April by Ballantine Books, about grappling with her husband’s marital infidelity. She has applied to trademark her own name in order to sell clothing, mugs and other items. She will appear next month on a Barbara Walters special on ABC as one of the “10 Most Fascinating People of 2009.”

She has set up a privately financed personal Web site, complete with news releases and photographs. And she has endorsed a candidate to succeed her husband, State Representative Nikki Haley, a Republican and the only woman in the race.

Meanwhile back in South Carolina, state lawmakers are pondering whether to impeach the governor, who is also under investigation by a state ethics panel for something like 37 violations. Sanford, as per, is acting like there's nothing going on.

Sanford: Who? Me?                                                       (ap)


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