January 14, 2015

This is one of those stories you laugh at because it is silly, but in the back of your mind you kind of feel bad because it could be the sign of a public meltdown of some kind.

posted by feloniousmonk at 03:59 PM on January 14

In the front of my mind, I hope she gets away from this guy safely because the statistics for women seeking protection are pretty depressing in that regard.

posted by kokaku at 04:25 PM on January 14

Casually traveling back in time to the early 2000's:

I wish Ray Lewis had dated her and pissed her off.

I wish Karl Rove had outed her to Robert Novak.

posted by beaverboard at 05:03 PM on January 14

That's... kind of presumptuous you guys. It's quite possible he's telling the truth about her claims. When even Jezebel has to reluctantly admit that evidence shows women initiate or commit 70% of domestic violence- certainly, that women are not solely the delicate flowers of our sexist, rigid gender role posturing- then maybe we shouldn't be so quick to assume Busch hasn't been victimized himself. Women are people too, so they can lie, they can be mentally ill, they can be deceivers and manipulators, and they can be physically aggressive and violent.

The article is painfully short on any details besides gossipmongering, but it does at one point state that Busch and others are claiming Driscoll said these things about herself. Maybe Busch hit her as described in a one time incident, or maybe he had a habit of being abusive, and he's making up crap now to deflect it. Or maybe she's making things up, just as she made up being an international assassin. Or maybe, improbably, she is an international assassin.

We could be dealing with one or both being deeply troubled people, but it's a little early to be certain of anything or to read from your Pocket Guide to Sexism as to how men and women behave.

posted by hincandenza at 06:19 PM on January 14

That Jezebel link discredits the study on which you're presumably basing that 70% claim. One critic says the researcher "excludes from his study post-separation violence." How can you make a general claim about domestic violence if you don't include incidents after the couple separates? That's often the most dangerous time.

As for Busch, telling anyone this claim about his ex is capital-C crazy.

If it's false, he spread a baseless allegation in court and that shows really bad judgment.

If it's true, he just pissed off an assassin.

An assassin!

That's as smart as hitching a ride late at night from Greg Maddux in his unmarked white panel van.

posted by rcade at 10:07 PM on January 14

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