Thursday, June 07, 2007

Fred Thompson's Wife - First Lady or First Babe?

[Bump]: If you're going to have a 'Tennessee Stud' for President, then it follows that you can expect to see a 'First Babe' on his arm.

Just when I think the mad Google rush to peer at THIS amazing photo of Jeri Kehn -- Fred Thompson's wife -- is finally over, this blog is slammed once again, and again, and again.

Here's one reason:

Rightwingers are drooling and opining that "Jeri is one hot babe." With what appears to be pure unadulterated lecherous glee, they say Fred Thompson's wife is "our potential future First Babe" -- or -- as the New York Post calls it:

Jeri Kehn is the . . . "BABE WIFE" (!)

The salivating New York Post also reports that Fred Thompson became known as "'The Tennessee Stud' during his D.C. bachelorhood."

There you go. If you're going to have a 'Tennessee Stud' for President, then it follows that you can expect to see a First Babe on his arm. You know, if Republicans weren't so busy wrecking our nation, they could have themselves a seriously naughty made-for-teevee movie.

But there's more.

The latest salacious shocker comes from MSNBC's conservative Joe Scarborough (Scarborough is the Imus replacement). Here’s the transcript (but see the video at Scarborough has an “Imus moment):

SCARBOROUGH: Have you seen Fred Thompson’s wife?
CRAWFORD: Oh, yeah.
SCARBOROUGH: You think she thinks she works the pole?
CRAWFORD: That’s what a Hollywood career will do for you, I guess.
SCARBOROUGH: What do you mean?
CRAWFORD: You get wives like that.
SCARBOROUGH: I mean, look at that guy. God bless him, I love his voice. But I mean, you know. He ain’t Robert Redford in “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.”
CRAWFORD: Well I would like to see him back into politics because I think he’s a lousy actor.

Works the pole???

I know you'll find this hard to believe, but there's no shortage of discussion at rightwing blogs about the many meanings of works the pole. The presumably red-faced MSNBC denies everything. The passage was taken out of context. Joe was merely referring to "an exercise routine that a growing number of women are performing." Heh. That may be, but if you've caught Scarborough's early morning show, you've noticed that it is considerably more earthy than his evening show.

But wait -- a column in the Boston Herald by Margery Egan (GOP wives are a pol’s breast friend) reports that the Republican "cleavage-industrial complex" has arrived! By which the columnist means to say that the GOP front-runners’ wives are "dressing like their granddaughters at the junior prom."

"Does the heaving bosom play well among Bible Belt Republicans? Among New Hampshire primary voters? How else to explain, as debate week begins, the bursting out all over by GOP front-runners’ wives? What’s with this ample - and aging - display of decolletage? . . The only wife of a GOP heavy-hitter who hasn’t practically bared her chest is Ann Romney. ."

Egan names names: Mrs. John McCain, Mrs. Giuliani, Fred Thompson’s child wife. But does the columnist really mean to suggest that being stuck in adolescence is a Republican thing?

One thing we're sure of, "stuck in adolescence" better describes the men in search of new and improved sexy trophy wives than the women who strive to be them. Clearly, there is something not quite right about our Republican presidential wannabes' maturity level.

But just imagine it: President Tennessee Stud!

More on "she works the pole":
Jesus' General -- Sometimes a cigar is just a Polish gardner
The Carpetbagger Report -- Media election/appearance obsession turns ugly
Michelle Malkin -- Still dissing women at MSNBC
Shakesville -- You Have GOT to be Kidding Me