Oops, your sexism is showing

Crooks and Liars has a partial transcript from a recent Scarborough show where he not only drools over Fred Thompson’s hot, younger wife, he suggests she used to be employed in the pole-dancing arts. (You might know Thompson because he is a former U.S. Senator or from his various TV roles such as one on Law & Order … or the rumor that he’s joining the wingnut circus for president.)

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.

I have to agree with C&L that this is a rather shocking display of overt sexism, even for cable news networks. Usually, they have the good sense to get one of their lunatic guests to say such silly things for them.

And isn’t this just the latest insult hurled on a male presidential candidate’s wife? (See: Hillary Clinton, Elizabeth Edwards, Elanore Roosevelt, et al.) Here Thompson’s wife is called a stripper (or perhaps a whore?) because she is attractive and younger. Given all the shit that Hillary has taken over the years for being unattractive (and it just never stops, especially with new books out now), you’d think that a presidential candidate who has an attractive wife would be seen as an advantage. Oh. I forgot about the boobies thing (see last post).

So, check list of things that are a liability if you are a woman running for office or are the wife/partner of someone running for office: brains, a career, your own life/goals, breasts.

And since I make it a habit to be oblivious to the disturbed rantings which pass for “news” on 24-hour cable news channels, many thanks to the Minx for the tip.

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