Richard Mellon Scaife, that horrible little man with an immense fortune who has been propping up institutes loudly supporting right-wing family values, creationism, and gutter-scraping attacks on Democrats, is getting a divorce. Not just any divorce — a train wreck of a divorce, prompted by Scaife’s gallivanting about with a prostitute, and with scads of amusingly petty behavior. And the money involved is impressive.
Unfathomable but true, when Scaife (rhymes with safe) married his second wife, Margaret "Ritchie" Scaife, in 1991, he neglected to wall off a fortune that Forbes recently valued at $1.3 billion. This, to understate matters, is likely going to cost him, big time. As part of a temporary settlement, 60-year-old Ritchie Scaife is currently cashing an alimony check that at first glance will look like a typo: $725,000 a month. Or about $24,000 a day, seven days a week. As Richard Scaife’s exasperated lawyers put it in a filing, "The temporary order produces an amount so large that just the income from it, invested at 5 percent, is greater each year than the salary of the President of the United States."
Take him for everything he’s got, lady, and then throw the money away on diamond dog collars, a team of tanned, buff pool boys, and whatever silly overpriced frippery tickles your over-privileged patrician fancy. It’s got to be better than using it to fund the Heritage Foundation.
Isn’t it so typical, though, that a rich old bluenose who thinks he knows best how other people should live their lives doesn’t even try to meet his own standards, and is flaming out spectacularly in such a tawdry scandal?