First Trophy?

“Is America Ready for a President with a trophy wife?”

“The question may seem sexist, even crass, but serious people — as well as Fred Thompson’s supporters — have been wrestling with the public reaction to Jeri Kehn Thompson, whose youthfulness, permanent tan and bleached blond hair present a contrast to the 64-year-old man who hopes to win the hearts of the conservative core of the Republican party. Will the so-called values voters accept this union?

“Meanwhile, much of the brouhaha around Mrs. Thompson, 40, is being stirred by photos of her in form-fitting gowns circulating on the Internet. “One picture on the Internet and all of a sudden she’s reduced to being a bimbo?” said Mark Corallo, media advisor to Thompson’s nascent political campaign.”

One photo? Check out this site. She’s not exactly a wounded wallflower, folks.

“On a morning cable news show last month, Joe Scarborough, the commentator and former Republican congressman from Florida, compared Mrs. Thompson to a stripper…On the Web site, Mr. Thompson not only won votes thanks to his wife, but one anonymous poster said, “I think he’s my new idol!”Mr. Thompson’s supporters, on their Web site, put it this way: “It couldn’t hurt diplomatic relations to have a smart, pretty blonde as first lady.”

“But that comment was quickly attacked. One writer described the May-December marriage as “gross,” while others said Mrs. Thompson was an outright liability. Political analysts said there is very little evidence to suggest that candidates’ spouses affect their electoral outcomes. But one political scientist, Karen O’Connor, the director of the Women & Politics Institute at American University, said Mr. Thompson may lose with one key group whose support he needs: Republican women.

“I think women have an innate ‘ick’ reaction when they see a wife so much younger and vital than her husband,” Professor O’Connor said.

The sexism in this story, of course, is rampant. But, you tell me. Is Thompson’s wife a liability? Should she be a liability? Should she be viewed as empowering for women, or does she further the stereotype of “lookism” and objectification?

Cross posted from AoF

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10 Responses to First Trophy?

  1. Ginny in CO says:


    My first reaction on seeing a different set of pictures was “Another thing a Republican could get away with or even helped by, where a Dem (and wife) would get slimed, smeared, tarred and feathered.”

    The comment on that site that also made me shake my head: ‘It wouldn’t hurt to have a cute blonde as First Lady’. Obviously I have the wrong hormones and probably definition. I think of cute or pretty as mostly facial. Hillary to me is a more attractive woman. (The guy writing is a Republicon.)

    More to the point, while the cute blonde may do no harm, we really need a FLOTUS that could do some good. Mrs T may be smart and outgoing enough to be much more than an arm decoration for Fred. I still think THK would be the most awesome First Lady the whole world would love. That would have been major brownie point for over no less than 90% of the globe.

    I am not going to fault her for dressing in a style that many women would love to under her current status. Once Fred announces, she will need to work on a little more sophistication and less visibility of certain areas of skin – whatever the function.

    No argument on whether this can be done in beautiful style. Another cute blonde named Diana was quite exceptional at it.

  2. Darrell Prows says:

    Ginny: I agree with the point of the article that this lady is going to do some good by helping Thompson to lose. Every middle aged Republican married guy out there is going to have to tell his wife that it’s just wrong for old guys to marry women that young. The wives will all believe it, and some of the husbands are going to have to say it often enough that they’ll start to believe it also.

    (Show that picture of her putting her body on Wolfowitz and that won’t go over well either, even among people who haven’t heard the stories of him being a dirty old man.)

  3. Dennis K fared much better than Old Fred in the young wife department. His wife is classy and quite lovely. This one is still dressing for Hollywood nights out, instead of tailoring her wardobe for the right occassion. Yes, any smart woman knows how to dress the part, but she doesn’t seem to get it.

    Which leads me to the next question (which is a bit on the catty side)… What on earth is she doing with him. She’s pretty, young and I’m not sure what she does, but eeewww… what is she thinking?

    I would tend to think that the hypocritical type republican men will think she’s just wonderful while the uptight republican wives will cringe.

  4. Ginny in CO says:

    I agree with a comment at the link and Pamela. Republican women are going to reject Fred no matter what hubby says.

    I also think she makes Fred look older than he would if his wife was closer in age.

    Pamela, she is a lawyer. Their courtship was actually very reasonable. It was a very sensible amount of time after his wife died-two years in my book.

    They met at a political function I think and dated for a reasonable time before getting hitched. On those points he scores fine.

  5. Ginny

    Well good for her, I didn’t know she was a lawyer. You’d think given that she’d know when to dress a little more conservatively.

  6. Wait a minnit!

    The new Mrs. Fred Thompson is a big-boobed (enhanced?) bottle blonde gold-digger twenty years her liver-spotted beau’s junior?

    And that’s different from your average MCP GOP (redundant, I know) Mr. Burns wannabe …. how?

    The only fashion faux pas that our Bovine Ms. Neo-Thompson commits that I could see is that she doesn’t have that water-buffalo slash battering-ram heavily hairsprayed (two cans of Aquanet per application, at least) classic hairdo that Republican women so favor.

    Anthropologists theorize that post-Ice Age Cro-magnon Republican women acquired this adaptation in response to locked Democratic pantries, larders and food storage facilities. 😮

  7. Whoops! I meant 😯

  8. Looking at those pictures, it looks more like he hired an escort for those functions. She luv him long time!

  9. spacelysprockets says:

    What happened to live and let live? Thought it was the right that was hateful and petty.


  10. spacelysprockets = troll