For her game-changing performance as the politician's woman scorned, South Carolina first lady Jenny Sanford has us fawning in admiration.
Not only does she manage to castrate her creepy, lying Appalachian Trail hiking, soon-to-be-ex husband Governor Mark Sanford in a memoir The New York Times calls an "elegant evisceration" - she does it without ever seeming to relinquish the high ground.
Why expose the father of her children as a "laughably cheap, self-absorbed, soulless, cheating, first-class jerk?" asks a reporter. Because he's a laughably cheap, self-absorbed, soulless, cheating, first-class jerk?
But Jenny merely looks puzzled. "It's not the book that put him in a bad light," she says.
And later in the interview there is this: "He didn't have a lot of experience courting women, let's just say." Take note Mrs. Spitzer: a kick in the cojones doesn't get any more elegant than that.
Of course, as campaign manager for Mark Sanford's three congressional and first gubernatorial elections, Jenny Sanford does have to answer for her role in foisting this guy upon the citizens of South Carolina. But if this book is half as entertaining as it looks, they might be willing to forgive her.
Photo: Roses are red, violets are blue... the best revenge is in hardback at a bookstore near you.