Ever since The Washington Post published Ashley Parker's profile of Karen Pence, wife of Mike Pence, progressives have fixated on the vice president's personal behavior as it pertains to his relationship with his wife.
In 2002, Mike Pence told the Hill that he never eats alone with a woman other than his wife and that he won’t attend events featuring alcohol without her by his side, either.
That's it. Digging a bit deeper, some context is provided.
The Atlantic reports:
...Pence told [The Hill] he often refused dinner or cocktail invitations from male colleagues, too: “It’s about building a zone around your marriage,” he said. “I don’t think it’s a predatory town, but I think you can inadvertently send the wrong message by being in [certain] situations.”
The 2002 article notes that Pence arrived in Congress a half decade after the 1994 “Republican revolution,” when Newt Gingrich was the speaker of the House. Several congressional marriages, including Gingrich’s, encountered difficulty that year.
Pence seemed wary of this. “I’ve lost more elections than I’ve won,” he said. “I’ve seen friends lose their families. I’d rather lose an election.” He even said he gets fingers wagged in his face by concerned Indianans. “Little old ladies come and say, ‘Honey, whatever you need to do, keep your family together,’” he told The Hill.
The Indianapolis Star adds:
During his 12 years in Congress, Pence had rules to avoid any infidelity temptations, or even rumors of impropriety. Those included requiring that any aide who had to work late to assist him be male, never dining alone with a woman other than his wife, and not attending an event where alcohol is served unless Karen was there.
In a 2002 interview with The Hill, Pence called it, “building a zone around your marriage.”
"If there's alcohol being served and people are being loose, I want to have the best-looking brunette in the room standing next to me," Pence said.
Progressives have rebuked Pence, calling him a "misogynist," as well as claiming that his personal relationship guidelines are "insulting" and "archaic."
Perhaps Democrats simply prefer their male politicians in the mold of Bill Clinton or John Edwards.