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…but I continue to disagree.
First of all, I didn’t write a post about Fred Thompson’s wife. I wrote a post about how much the New York Times stinks. I’m not interested in writing posts about other people’s wives–or finding smutty articles about them in the paper. That’s why I weighed in.
It is interesting, though, that your take is what it is. When I read the Times piece yesterday, I was absolutely outraged. So I sat down for over an hour and wrote that post.
Then my bride read both. She thought the post was amusing but didn’t think the actual Times article was that bad–or, therefore, that my outrage was all that righteous–largely for the same reasons as you.
I think there must be a male-female divide here. You ladies seem to think think Mrs. Thompson’s breached some part of the female code of ethics by acting as she has, thus inviting pieces like this; guys like Hugh Hewitt and me think that no matter what, she’s a lady and shouldn’t be picked on. Not only that, I’d suggest that those of us who think our wives (sans plunging necklines) make Mrs. T. look like Mr. T can’t stand the thought of seeing them treated similarly someday.
Maybe I just don’t understand the term “trophy wife,” but I think all the things the Times harped on are irrelevant and that you’re reading what you think into what they wrote. The piece I read was about rating necklines, shoes, and hair; deciding who’s a “home wrecker”; and taking shots at a woman who is not running for anything. You’re raising a reasonable concern about hypocrisy, the sanctity of marriage, and who can be a credible messenger on that point. Fine–I’m with you, 100 percent. If I didn’t prove that by my most recent post on Mayor Giuliani, I’m not sure what else to say.
In any event, I think all of us who are commenting on this race should focus our attention on the folks who are running for president, not their spouses. That doesn’t mean they aren’t important; I for one would be lost without my wife. But they still deserve to be treated differently than those who have thrown themselves into the political fray–especially those spouses who happen to be wives. Because even women who wear stuff you and Mrs. Mitchell never would are still women, and for that reason alone they don’t deserve to have their names and reputations dragged through the mud.
Then again, maybe I’m just exerting some sort of oppressive chauvinism by believing this. Given that I went to college and was an out-of-the-closet conservative, this wouldn’t be the first time I was accused of that crime.

About Charles Mitchell

EFM's resident Yankee, Charles Mitchell, works in the non-profit arena in his native Pennsylvania. He and his wife, Charissa, live near the state capital of Harrisburg with their daughter, Adeline, and are members of a congregation of the Presbyterian Church in America.

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