Ann Romney

What's in her shopping bag?

What's in her shopping bag?

"Never marry a politician or a football coach," begins a bit of wisdom that came my way once. "Not if you ever want to see your husband."

That's true enough.

The wife of legendary Washington Redskins coach Joe Gibbs used to make cassette recordings of family news for him to play on his pre-dawn drives to the office. But when she began recording her frustration with his interminable absences, he simply stopped listening to them.

Betty Ford's loneliness was so profound that it produced a rehab center that has become the cultural shorthand for drunken wife. And former Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell will spend a year and a day in prison because she...