I feel a delicious schadenfreude at the consternation among some in the Republican party these days that is being caused by the wives of presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani and likely candidate Fred Thompson, the mediocre actor and undistinguished former senator who is contemplating a run himself.
Frederick of Hollywood and Rudy both have younger, ambitious wives who have alienated the professionals working on their respective campaigns, causing defections, firings and resignations in both camps.
In fact, both The Times (here) and The Washington Post (here) ran features Sunday about the wives, the trouble they've caused in the campaigns and the rumblings among the campaign workers. The candidates are beginning to realize that their ol' ball and chains are causing some trouble and are trying to head it off with these soft, humanizing interviews.
The fun is watching the right-wingers – who spent much of the 90s demonizing Hillary Clinton as a woman who "didn't know her place" – being hoisted on their own petard and now scrambling desperately to defend the Machiavellian schemings of Judi Nathan (Rudy's prize) and Jeri Thompson.
Nathan, especially, seems like a nightmare. She demands a separate seat for her Louis Vuitton bag on campaign airplanes (she calls it Little Louis! I wonder what she's calls Rudy's...er, well, never mind), she demanded a first-class ticket be bought for her by clients as she wanted to accompany him everywhere when he was out earning millions on the backs of the 9-11 dead giving high-priced speeches, and, of course, she famously pursued him when he was still the married mayor of NYC. That lead to him finally announcing the end of his marriage during a televised press conference, the first time his then wife, Donna Hanover, heard he wanted a divorce. Very classy. Judi is also apparently the main cause behind the alienation of Rudy's two teenage kids, both of whom have said they won't campaign for their father and barely talk to him now.
And of course, let's not even get into the underlying fact that the holier-than-thou “family values” party apparently has no problem with Rudy being on wife #3 and Fred on wife #2. Not to mention, Jeri looks like she works the pole (as former Republican congressman and now MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said, a not-so-veiled reference to her somewhat slutty outfits and an obvious boob job.)
Hypocrisy in the GOP?
Say it ain't so.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
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Frederick of Hollywood? Too funny!
Oh the New York Times and the Washington Post ran stories about the wives, what a surprise. But there's no liberal bias in the media right?
Im curious why is it ok for Hillary to be a domineering b----h but not a Republican wife? Interesting.
Jeri is quite notorious. Wait until more gets known about her, they're just scratching the surface. Never mind her, did you see Big Brother tonight? I think Eric is finally going down.
Now when exactly was Hillary thought of as a domineering b---ch anonymous? I thought the rap against her from the repugs was that she let Bill cheat and no "real woman" would do that? Not to mention, she was an accomplished lawyer for many years before she was First Lady and worked in the House of Representatives back in the 1970s. And Judi and Jeri are accomplished how???
Is Fred Thompson with his wife or is that Jenna Jamison!! :)
First Lady Judi Nathan. Oh that sounds soooo good. I think we would all be proud lol
we haven't had a decent looking First Lady since Jackie O, go Fred! And what if she is a liberated woman, do the feminists have a problem with that?
She's not good looking obob, she just looks trashy.
Obob, it's not that they're liberated, I don't know any feminist who has a problem with that - it's that the right-wingers went out of their way to denigrate strong women, like Hillary, but now that there's a couple of Republican candidates with strong women behind them - ahh, NOW it's ok. It's the hypocrisy factor is all.
The rumor is that Jeri left a string of unpaid medical bills before she hooked up with Freddy. Hmm, now I wonder what kind of medical bills those could be! :)
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