With all due respect, Charles, I just popped over from my furious attempt to make some deadlines for my next book and read your post about Fred Thompson’s wife.
“…more importantly, much of this Times article is predicated upon figuring out whether conservative evangelicals like us will vote against Senator Thompson because of what his wife looks like. Look at the portion I quoted above–it references “so-called values voters” as its reason for concern. Well, this “values voter” thinks there are good and bad reasons to vote for Governor Romney and against everyone else, including Senator Thompson. Those include the fact that Governor Romney has exhibited leadership on the issues we care about on the most difficult terrain, is talking sense on the threats our nation faces, has a long history of running huge and complicated enterprises well, and has lived out–through pretty much his entire life–the social values we hold dear. No other candidate can claim to have done all of those things. You’ll note, of course, that nowhere on that list is whether a particular candidate happens to be married to a spouse who’s thought to be good-looking. That’s because–believe it or not–the “values” that voters like us have actually don’t condemn beauty.”
Well, obviously men aren’t opposed to other men having hot wives! As the sole wife on the EFM roll, I thought I’d just jump in and say that it’s the delicious irony of the “trophy wife” that the Times is tapping into. It’s not that Jeri is beautiful, it’s that she’s as young as his other children. A wife that came after a first marriage, children, and a time playing the field.
Fortiesh-aged women voters are a GOP strength–and I honestly think it’ll pain them to see a guy who looks like he came from central casting for the next Metamucil commercial with a woman who looks like she came from the latest ad for Gap Kids.
It also taps a little into one of pet peeves–politically and spiritually. That GOP voters are sometimes all aghast at gay marriage, while they wink at heterosexual divorce. It plays perfectly into our own lamentable hypocrisy–my sin’s okay, while yours is reprehensible. It’s like we try to make legally sure that people treat the marital institution with respect…as long as heterosexuals can get a divorce when they “feel bored,” “find someone hotter,” or “want to pursue a different path.”
Now, I know nothing of the circumstances of Fred Thompson’s first divorce, nor do I intend to investigate whether it was permissible Scripturally. I’m just thankful there is one frontrunner in what used to be called the “Faith and Values” party whose first wife IS his trophy wife.