First we heard CIA Director Gen. David Petraeus admit to an extra-marital affair with his biographer that cut short his time at the CIA, which was shocking enough.
Then we heard how the affair came to light: that Petraeus' paramour had been sending "threatening" emails to Petraeus' friend, Tampa socialite Jill Kelley. (There's always a Florida connection somewhere.)
The story started like this: Jill who?
But by the time the circus was over, by the time Saturday Night Live had its fun and the national media decamped from Kelley's Bayshore Boulevard mansion, this vortex-of-a-story had sucked in everyone from Gen. John Allen to Bubba the Love Sponge to Tampa Mayor Bob Buckhorn. Big-shot Tampa lawyer Barry Cohen even got involved.
At the center were sisters Jill Kelley and Natalie Khawam. We quickly learned about their financial and personal troubles, and how far a smile can take two social climbers up the military's chain of command.