By Madeline Holler
News that Al and Tipper Gore were splitting up after 40 years of marriage blew up the Internet yesterday. In a carefully worded email sent to friends, and forwarded to the press, the couple announced that "after a great deal of thought we have decided to separate. This is very much a mutual and mutually supportive decision that we have made together, following a process of long and careful consideration."
Mutual for whom? Al and Tipper didn't consult us. We should have been consulted! And what is a "mutually supportive" break-up, anyway? She'll kick in for his bachelor pad if he'll keep her on his health insurance?
Do you feel the sadness, the confusion, the anger? Along with the rest of the Web, we're in something of a Kubler-Ross freefall - somewhere between Stage 2 (Anger) and Stage 3 (Bargaining). How could they?
We expected Al and Tipper to stay together forever, making out like teenagers on the world's stage and proving to the rest of us that when the kids are grown, and the soul-sucking jobs are in the past, romance can - and will - endure. Al and Tipper made it past the hard stuff. Why, then, why are they giving up now?Read More »from What Al and Tipper's separation means to moms