Joe Scarborough's Don Imus Moment. Where Is GOP Outrage?

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Where is the conservative outrage? Where is it? Where is Mitt Romney condemning Joe Scarborough? Where is Rudy Giuliani condemning Joe Scarborough? Where is John McCain condemning Joe Scarborough? Where is Hugh Hewitt condemning Joe Scarborough? And what of Craig Crawford diminishing the reputation of Congressional Quarterly with on air fantasties and perversions about Republican candidates' wives?

Joe Scarborough and Craig Crawford of Congressional Quarterly entered into a conversation about whether Fred Thompson's wife "works the pole." Whether that's a reference to being a stripper or some sexual reference, either way it is totally inappropriate.

Jeri Thompson is not running for President. Yet Joe Scarborough thinks it is hilarious, on national TV/Radio, to suggest she "works the pole." The transcript:

SCARBOROUGH: Have you seen Fred Thompson’s wife?
CRAWFORD: Oh, yeah.
SCARBOROUGH: You think 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.

Somehow, because Jeri Thompson is very attractive, MSNBC and the lefties have decided she's fair game, from posting pictures of her online with crass comments to implying she is a stripper.

When will the right express outrage and demand that the wives of candidates not be smeared?

By the way, MSNBC's phone number is (201) 583-5000. You can reach Congressional Quarterly at (202) 419-8500.

UPDATE: Extreme Mortman and Michele Malkin are equally angered by Scaroborough's remarks.

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moments before Scarborough was speaking about an excersise with a poll and than this topic came up immediately. If he was referring to her looking like a stripper that's pretty bad, but if he wasn't than it's tasteless at worst.

This was reported at Captains Quarters blog I believe.

even though I agree with posters downthread that Scarborough's become an idiot and needs to start taking his meds, and if he really did make that kind of disgusting comment it wouldn't shock me.

all that said, it does bring to the fore the "wife issue" that confronts all of our leading candidates and maybe-candidates have except, ironically, for the Mormon. Rudy and Newt with 3 wives each, Fred and John with two (and Fred's current one half his age!...though I think the current trophy wives for the other three are all significantly younger than the candidates too)

...outrage kings will be stepping in to defend Ms Thompson from this obviously crass and insulting comment.

"Wubbies World" - MSgt, U.S. Air Force (Retired): "Call to Me and I will answer you, and I will tell you great and mighty things, which you do not know." -Jer 33:3-

Joe has been getting closer and sounding more like Keith Olberman after each of his shows.

Keith used his usual alternate reality to downplay the JFK plot. It was all brought public by a bias US attorney and Fox News.

I remember when Joe started Scarborough Country several years ago. It used to be a great show on news and current events from a conservative viewpoint. It seems to me that Joe has abandoned all aspects of the previous format. I'm not referring to this latest comment on Thompson's wife, but his show in general over the past year or so. I don't know if Joe himself has changed his political views, or the producers at MSNBC have made a business decision to cater to left-of-center viewers, but significant changes have been made.

Joe portrays himself now as a "Republican who's not afraid to go after his own party". That's totally fine, and I do a lot of that myself, but that is the ONLY thing Joe does nowadays - bash Republicans. Some of it is legitimate, surely, but when you run countless stories about "Is Bush deranged?", "Is Bush Dumb?", "The Collapse of Bush", plus numerous stories bashing FoxNews and Bill O'Reilly, I begin to question what exactly is going on at Scarborough Country.

For instance, his "balanced" panel on Iraq always consists of two or three liberals and Pat Buchanan, the token "conservative". Of course, since Buchanaon opposes the war, there really is only one viewpoint on Iraq, even though Joe creates the illusion of balance by bring a "conservative" on the show. After the first story, which is usually soom doom and gloom story on Iraq, he usually follows it up with a segment on Fox News, Bill O'Reilly, or whomever may be attacking MSNBC. Finally we get a fluff piece on Paris Hilton or Lindsay Lohan.

I used to be a fan, but Scarborough Country is not the place it used to be. In Joe's defense, this may just be a business decision made by the higher-ups at MSNBS to tilt left and cater to that market.

“.....women and minorities hardest hit”

Just because you have the right, doesn't mean you should.

Scarborough and Crawford are cretins.

from the House, whereupon he promptly left his wife and family and married someone much younger than he, his comments about Fred Thompson and his spouse are all the more abominable. Talk about glass houses!

here is that conservative politicians and their families are not a protected class.

Don Imus just chose the wrong target.

"A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition." -- Rudyard Kipling

..if one were talking about suing him for libel.

What people are saying here is more like "Joe Scarborough showed his *** last night..." will be banned immediately.

to pull your head out of your watchpocket and actually read the comment you'd look a lot smarter.

No one is talking about suing him.

Jeff bans for a potty mouth. I do it when confronted with evidence of invincible stupidity.

"A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition." -- Rudyard Kipling

Speaking to you from liberal-land...

I have no particular problem with outrage or lack of outrage regarding this particular comment. I was similarly agnostic about Imus.

I will say, however, that claiming this as some sort of liberal conspiracy is kind of silly. I mean, I'm a liberal, and all my partisan instincts cry out for Joe's downfall. The guy's simply not a leftie, even if he doesn't always toe the party line.

PLEASE go after him. It's only the fact that I fall way libertarian on the "people should be allowed to say what they want" continuum that stops me from joining this effort.

Please find something important to worry about. Murtha, Pelosi, and their ilk are clearly getting away with something right now while you worry about petty things.

It was a joke, get over it. She wasn't "smeared." They made a crass joke at her expense in a 10 second soundbite. And you know that Joe is hardly a leftie.

Talk about feigning outrage on such a stupid issue. When did we become a world where no one can be offended?

For the record, I like Joe's show and I don't think Imus should have been fired.

And congratulations Fred, your wife is hot.

oldest professions (the thespian arts) to the oldest.

I read that Joe is being considered to fill Imus morning spot.

Just because you have the right, doesn't mean you should.

When will the right express outrage and demand that the wives of candidates not be smeared?

Every day this site gets a little bit more bizarre - crass comments about candidates' wives are off limits now on the right? It's like the past 15+ years of Hillary smears never happened.

Of course, I agree with the specific point raised. But man, the disconnect here is amazing.

Wasn't Hilary a Co-President by her very own words coming out of her very own mouth???

Hardly, off limits, ya think???

I was going to talk about Kucinich's wife being less than half his age, but he isn't really a serious candidate worth talking about, Elizabeth even less worth talking about...

about Hillary?

As opposed to the ones about felonies committed by her to help herself and her husband?

Now, there were crass comments about Bill, but somehow or another, he just seemed to invite them, don't you think? And even then, they eventually ballooned into felonies (hint: it wasn't about the sex, it was about suborning perjury after the fact).

so Scarbrough didn't cross the Imus line. That is today's reality. At Wonkette, the comment may be crude, but it still made me laugh: "Nothing says gravitas like banging a hot blonde." I'm sure Jeri will be an asset to the Thompson campaign (and she certainly has assets), no matter what Scarbrough or anyone else says. I'm sure we all know that a political wife can be a major liability. You can sum it up in three words: Teresa Heinz Kerry.

Jeri Kehn, an attorney, was a political media consultant at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard and McPherson in the nation's capital when they married in 2002. She also previously worked for the Senate Republican Conference and the Republican National Committee.

She isn't some kind of arm candy bimbo, heck she is almost 40, I think (although a fine looking woman).

Still doesn't make her a legitmate target of this kind of sleaze...not sure what would...

an exercise? Do you actually believe that? The excuse is almost as bad as what he said.

they were referring to a pole dance exercise only moments before- as I understand it. I am not saying it's right, but the cut and paste quote might be taken his comments out of context. It's a possibility. Just because on the surface it gives opportunity for Fred supporters to call foul does not mean there could be another answer to the situation.

Negates any of the sleaze in that comment... I'm not outraged by the comment, but it clearly shows a distinct lack of class.
Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself. - Milton Friedman

younger than he is Thompsons wife is only 26 years younger than Fred

Nobody is really worried about Kucinich. But they are very threatened by Fred so they attack anything they can no matter how stupid.

Just because you have the right, doesn't mean you should.

yet i haven't heard a word about her.

Kucinich's wife is also several feet taller than he is... apparently Glenn Beck said something about them recently... it was in the Plain Dealer today...

Or at least Media Matters is trying to make a stink about it...

You're right!

We are all heroes, you and Boo and I. Hamsters and rangers everywhere, rejoice!

I was there... well, kinda... I work in Cleveland City Hall and I was there on that day in August of 2005...

I had work to do, so I came in Saturday, only to be told I couldn't get into my office because Kucinich had "rented out" (I put that in quotes because he didn't actually pay for it) City Hall for his wedding party... and I wasn't on the list.

She kinda looks like a young (and skinny) Fergie; the British royal, not whatevertheheck that thing from the Black-Eyed-Peas is...

In any case, at least here locally in NE Ohio, she figures more in his campaign than he does... he is off on TV, mouthing off at Bush and promoting his Department of Peace, while she is the one that "presses the flesh" and gets all the attention.

Erick, forgive me please for what is more or less a hijack of this thread, or at least an angled turn. I promise not to make a habit of it, and apologize for using your bandwidth to spread a word that I think needs some spreading.

While people have been debating just how thoughtless and crude Joe Scarborough was in an off-the-cuff remark about Jeri Kehn, I'm convinced that the more interesting, contemporaneous story that the conservative blogosphere seems to be missing is the Hard Left's testing of some genuinely nasty and absolutely deliberate memes they intend to use against her and, through her, Sen. Thompson.

Libby Spencer has written about this for two days running now, at Newshoggers and her own blog, and she's very up-front about it: She has no supporting evidence, but is nevertheless willing to label Ms. Kehn as a "gold-digger," "trophy wife," and the like (all the while insisting that she means no offense by those terms), and to label Sen. Thompson as an adulterer, lecher, and serial liar.

She's not the only one, either: I skimmed dozens and dozens of comments to like effect over at dKos.

Sen. Thompson's wife is an accomplished woman and according to everything I've read about her, an asset to him, to his campaign, the Republican Party, and the United States of America. But she's also an attractive blonde who's almost 25 years younger than he is. My humble blog has gotten four times its normal daily traffic today from people running Google and Yahoo image searches because I've posted a series of pictures of the two of them. (I think the series helps -- one picture alone makes you wonder, but when you see several, in which they're obviously completely comfortable and smitten with each other in a mature and loving way, the shock value dissipates rapidly. When you learn their entire history, it goes away completely.)

As I read on one left/libertarian blog's comments that were at least skeptical of the Hard Left pitch:

So, she’s simultaneously a hot, young bimbo and a 40-year-old political player and veteran of the dirty GOP machine.

Well, yeah, that's the meme in a nutshell. I'm not suggesting we respond to the Hard Left's sexism and bigotry with more of the same, or with anything other than calm and good humor — I'm sure that's what the Thompsons will use as this comes up again and again over the coming months. But knowledge is power, folks; and foreknowledge is awesome power. It is inevitable that the Hard Left will ride this tactic harder the more success Sen. Thompson's campaign begins to have!


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