Joe Scarborough offers his keen insight and classy analysis into today's political scene in an interview this morning with Congressional Quarterly's Craig Crawford. During the Morning Joe program on MS-NBC, Scarborough suggested that Fred Thompson's wife is a whore (via the Palmetto Scoop):
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.
Anyone who has watched Scarborough for any length of time knows that Scarborough can be an ass. What we didn't know was that he could also be tacky enough to attack someone's wife in the most personal of terms. Thompson's wife is beautiful, but that doesn't make her a whore or a stripper. Perhaps it speaks to Scarborough's view of women that he immediately associates one with the other.
The counterbuzz around Thompson has started to center on his supposed "trophy wife", as if he somehow should be blamed for dating beautiful women after his divorce. Thompson remained single for several years before marrying his current wife; he had also dated country singer Lorrie Morgan for a while as well. It's hardly a scandal, it hardly makes Jeri Thompson a homewrecker or a whore, and it hardly qualifies as unusual.
This is nothing more than character assassination, and especially egregious as it targets someone who isn't even a political player. Scarborough should be ashamed of himself.
UPDATE: Michelle Malkin: "I suppose it's an improvement that they didn't say anything about Mrs. Thompson's hair." She wonders whether Joe would let anyone say that about his wife without demanding an apology.
Actually, I'm kind of hoping that Fred has another video out this afternoon about this. Can you imagine how he'd take Scarborough apart, given what he did to Michael Moore?
UPDATE II: Fred got divorced in 1985. He got remarried in 2002, seventeen years later. Jeri Kehn turned 40 in January, meaning they got married when she was 35 years old and he was 60 -- hardly robbing the cradle. Why this is anyone's business but Fred and Jeri's is beyond me.
UPDATE III: CQ comenter Rich says the segment started off with the traffic and weather reporter, Tracy, talking about how she "works the pole" for exercise to stay in shape. That topic continued for some time, and then Craig Crawford came on, which is when Scarborough made this comment.
That only mitigates it a little, in that Scarborough may not have meant to insinuate that Jeri Thompson was a stripper, or worse. I'm still mystified why Scarborough thinks that Jeri's appearance requires some lecherous reference.