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July 24th, 2013
05:37 PM ET

Anthony Weiner's wife Huma Abedin goes 'all-in'

The of story Anthony Weiner and his wife Huma Abedin sparked a discussion and debate around the country Wednesday. What Abedin did after another scandal for her husband unfolded was unprecedented, even shocking to many people.

The country has seen sex scandals before. And yes, the political sex scandal trade seems to be a male-dominated industry. But in terms of the spousal response, in the past it has broken down in two ways: the good wife, or the gone wife.

The good wife is a response so familiar they made a TV show out of it. Examples include Hillary Clinton by Bill Clinton's side after the Gennifer Flowers scandal, and at least near his side after Monica Lewinsky; and Silda Spitzer, who was not happy, but still stood by husband Eliot's side after his prostitution proclivity went public.

The gone wife is one who does not stand by when the scandal hits. The most recent example is Jenny Sanford, who was nowhere to be seen after her husband's so-called hike on the Appalachian Trail turned out to be another kind of physical exertion with his Argentinian mistress.

Now there is a third way: The go all-in wife. Huma Abedin was not timid, but talking, not standing, but charging head first into the scandal discussion.

"We've never seen anything like this, a woman get up and not just stand silently by her husband in that good wife way ... but actually defend her decision," said Hanna Rosin, senior editor at The Atlantic and co-founder of Slate's women's section 'Double X.'

Rosin wrote a piece titled "Bravo Huma"  Wednesday for Slate.

"This is not something I can ever remember any cheater's wife, let's call them, doing in a past political scandal," said Rosin.

"She didn't seem like a victim, but she still seemed like she was in therapy," said CNN chief political analyst Gloria Borger. "What I thought was missing was, 'This is why he would still be a great mayor.'"

For more analysis from Hanna Rosin and Gloria Borger, check out the video below.

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