Earlier this evening, news leaked that David French is Bill Kristol’s mystery candidate. David French is a veteran of the Iraq war, a recipient of the Bronze Star, and a constitutional lawyer. He’s the author of seven books, an adoptive father, and a stalwart conservative. He is not a career politician. He also happens to be one of my favorite writers—which is why I link to his National Review articles continuously. As I said several months ago, he’s always right.
David French is always right. https://t.co/fCRd5tqN5K
— Denny Burk (@DennyBurk) February 7, 2016
I think he’s a fantastic candidate. A long-shot? Yes. A spoiler? Hopefully. But I don’t want to weigh-in right now on all of that. More on that later.
What I want to do now is briefly address one particular attack that emerged on Twitter almost right after the news came out. It started with a tweet from a Politico reporter.
— Kevin Robillard (@PoliticoKevin) May 31, 2016
The tweet is now making the rounds, and people are using it as an attack against French. It’s a ridiculous attack for several reasons.
(1) It’s inaccurate. The story to which it refers does not say anything about French “letting” or not letting his wife do anything. The story says that David French and his wife sat down together and strategized together about how to protect their marriage during his long deployment to Iraq. They had seen how long deployments wreaked havoc on other marriages, and they didn’t want their marriage to succumb to those same pressures. They were wise and right to do this, and they did it together.
(2) Spouses who make concrete plans for fidelity to their marriage covenant ought to be admired and emulated, not attacked and caricatured. The French’s did a wonderful thing, and more couples ought to do the same. Why? Because good marriages happen on purpose, and bad marriages happen by default. That the French’s decided to plan for fidelity is a good thing—good for their marriage, good for their children, good for their Christian witness.
(3) I’ll take the French’s plan for fidelity over the Republican nominee’s serial adultery any day. Not only did the Republican nominee commit countless acts of adultery, he bragged about the married women he’d slept with. Are we really going to lampoon the French’s heroic fidelity while lauding the braggadocio of a serial adulterer? If someone is going to be disqualified because of marital issues, that someone is not going to be David French.