Why does Huma Abedin stay with Anthony Weiner? After her husband's second scandal has emerged, women (and men) across the U.S. are saying "dump the [fill-in-the-blank-with-an-expletive]!"
Is it just as easy as assuming Abedin's got battered wife syndrome, or is there more to it? Why is this powerful, strong, highly connected woman not walking away from her husband's repeated online affairs?
Abedin's marriage is no ordinary one. For starters, she is a Muslim and he is a Jew. Talk about controversial. Then, both Abedin and Weiner had powerful political careers before getting married-- Weiner as a U.S. Congressman and Abedin as the right hand for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
In 2012, after Weiner's first online indiscretions aired, Abedin stayed by his side. Now, again, she takes the podium in Weiner's defense.
Not all marriages are marriages based on love. Some have politica motive. Could Abedin be using this scandal to create and mold her own public image?
Huma Abedin is no rookie and no naive, oppressed womah. She is a prodigy of Hillary Clinton, having worked by her side for years. And from the looks of it, Abedin is borrowing a page from the playbook of Hillary.
Some political commentators are calling Abedin's performance "riveting," claiming that she is "taking an embarrassing situation and owning it."
Her husband's scandals propel Abedin into the limelight, launching a media frenzy over everything from her political savvy to her fashion choices.
Not all commentators are awed by Abedin. Adam Weiss told the New York Post that Abedin was "power hungry," citing that for Abedin, "power is more important than dignity."
Abedin and Weiner have a child together: 20-month-old Jordan Weiner. As with many couples, they could be staying together to spare their son a life of shuttling back and forth between parents.
As an educated woman who had a child later in life, her decision to stay with Anthony could have much more to do with the child than her own personal emotions.
Perhaps TIME magazine writer Elizabeth Dias said it best:
"Yesterday Abedin knew the decision she was making to speak on her husband’s behalf, and, it as a choice that most likely takes into account her own political future, potentially as chief of staff to the nation’s first woman president, as well as her personal future, as mother to a 20-month old, Jordan."