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Sunday, June 24, 2007
Ex-girlfriends and ex-wife confirm Fred Thompson's "trophy husband" status on Jeri Kehn's arm
Further to my June 4th post entitled Fred Thompson and Jeri Kehn: Trophy wife, trophy husband?, the Sunday Times of London's Washington correspondent quotes several of Sen. Thompson's ex-girlfriends directly with ecstatic endorsements, and repeats his own statement that his ex-wife has told him she intends to campaign for him. (h/t Allah at Hot Air.)
Combined with his commanding height, resonant voice, distinctive looks, and wicked sense of humor; his career accomplishments in Tennessee, Washington, and Hollywood (and the presumptive wealth that accompanies the latter); his since-reconfirmed fertility; and the number of prominent and successful career-woman competitors whom Ms. Kehn had to best before reeling him in — doesn't this report make Fred exactly the sort of catch that an ambitious woman moving in Washington's circles of power would want to show off to her peers, to prove that she is indeed capable of landing someone extremely desirable by their standards?
I repeat — I think there is just as good an argument that Sen. Thompson is a "trophy husband" as that Ms. Kehn is a "trophy wife."
The new picture I've reprinted here is from Sen. Thompson's official almost-campaign website, ImWithFred.com. Probably a third of the internet traffic my blog has gotten this month has been to my June 4th post, many via image searches through various search engines that turned up one or another of the various pix of them together that I've scavenged from around the net.
Beware of relying on such searches, though: I've seen several blogs link, and even republish, as being photos of Ms. Kehn, photos that are actually of a blonde country-western singer whom Sen. Thompson once dated. In its inscrutable ways, Google's image search for "Jeri Kehn" now includes a picture from my blog on its first page of returns — but the "hot babe" picture it shows is actually of Jeri Ryan (dressed as ST:Voyager's Borgalicious "Seven-of-Nine"), the ex-wife of former Illinois senate candidate Jack Ryan, about whom I wrote in a 2004 pre-election post commenting on John Kerry's having dated Morgan Fairchild.
(And yes, I do look for excuses to post G- and PG-rated pictures of very attractive women. So? A blogger in Ken MacLeod's new thriller, The Execution Channel (review forthcoming), secretly runs three porno websites to support his blogging! I have my standards, but I don't mind if Ms. Kehn's curves, or public curiosity about them, boost my blog's traffic — no more than she likely minded if they boosted her career opportunities.)
I'm also impressed with former Thompson girlfriend Georgette Mosbacher's comments in the London Times' piece about both Thompson and Kehn:
"It says a lot about his character that his ex-wife and ex-girlfriends think he is fabulous," said Mosbacher. "Character is important in a president."
Mosbacher is a friend of Jeri Kehn, Thompson's second wife, whom he married in 2002. At 24 years his junior, Kehn has been described as a "trophy wife" but the former Republican consultant is as clever as she is vivacious, according to Mosbacher.
"Just because Jeri is fun and beautiful, one should not make the mistake of stereotyping her. She is not someone who seeks the limelight and will not be out front, but will be very supportive," she said.
Ms. Mosbacher, the ex-wife of Houston oil baron and former U.S. Commerce Secretary Rob Mosbacher, is among other things an attractive socialite herself, and she has also endured her share of catty remarks about being a "trophy wife" — notwithstanding CEO jobs with a pair of companies and political clout in her own right (co-chair of the Republican National Committee's Finance Committee). I suspect that she and Ms. Kehn are both used to being misunderestimated. A critic or opponent who stereotypes you hands you much of the power you may need to later surprise and quite possibly humiliate him or her.
(A last comment: It's by no means crucial to Ms. Kehn's own list of accomplishments, but I'm not certain that she is in fact an attorney, as has been reported — or quite possibly simply assumed — at various places around the net. The Nashville Post story that I quoted earlier, for example, said that she "was an attorney and political media consultant at the once-powerful Washington [law] firm of Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard, and McPherson and Hand ... [b]efore that firm merged with DLA Piper in 2002." But Verner, Liipfert offered services besides legal advice, and it hired a fair number of politically savvy and well-connected non-lawyers, among them a famous former Governor of Texas, the late Ann Richards. I don't find Ms. Kehn's name among the online list of current members of the D.C. Bar Association, although that could also simply reflect her retirement from practice. If anyone can lay hands on definitive info one way or the other, please let me know by email or in a comment. Thanks!)
UPDATE (Tue Jun 26 @ 7:15pm): I'm advised — via an email from a trusted correspondent who's well connected to do such checking, and who was kind enough to do so (but prefers not to be named) — that Sen. Thompson's spouse generally goes by "Jeri Thompson," and that she is not a lawyer herself. I'm guessing, too, that within the next few weeks, Sen. Thompson's expanded official web presence will include more, and more definitive, biographical information about her as well.
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(1) Carol Herman made the following comment | Jun 24, 2007 10:45:27 AM | Permalink
This is the least of Fred Thompson's problems! Most people take for granted "even though their parents never had sex," they still didn't come from the cabbage patch. And, the stork wasn't what brought 'em.
Yes, first wives grow old. The old "zip" is gone. And, in our current world, old women lose their abilities to charm men; even if they keep their bodies young. And, do the disrobing dances, well.
That's what nature provides.
And, good for Fred! His little girl looks GORGEOUS.
And, in spite of what you think, it's very easy for him to have sex with Jeri. Why not?
This is a handicap?
When Reagan was running, what was supposed to be his handicap was his first divorce. Nope. Didn't stand in the way.
We live in a world, now, where people have probably guessed, that what Hillary calls a marriage, is a fake. Those two haven't coupled in ages.
And, the lying about it stinks.
As to the biology of why older men are attracted to younger girls, the best literature has come up with is the Cinderella story. Her mom? Probably died in childbirth. Her dad? Wealthy enough that he didn't think it would be too hard to remarry. And, when Cinderella got treated poorly? We got a story.
That was then. Today? Well, at least the Chinese are honest. They say they want children, so they can be taken care of in their old age.
But, again. In our world? Inusrance works just as well.
And, happy people are happy people to be around. Another curse for those first-wives, when they refuse to "give it up." Fred has my permission to fart in their general directions.
The only things first-wives do in our world, now? If, unlike Martha Stewart, they're not wise enough to close their pocket books? Is to make lawyers rich. Why feed the sharks?
Carol, you're precious.
Beldar, excellent post. My family, especially my mother, loves my wife. My wife's family, without any noticeable exception, loves me. Who got the better deal is a question that sometimes comes up in my house. I have managed to get the upper hand on "who is smarter". I just ask, "Well, who married whom?"
(3) DRJ made the following comment | Jun 24, 2007 1:40:55 PM | Permalink
Good post and I think you might be right that Jeri Kehn Thompson is not an attorney and/or is not a practicing attorney. If this March 2007 World Net Daily article is correct, "Jeri Kehn was a political media consultant at Verner, Liipfert, Bernhard and McPherson" when she married Fred Thompson.
(4) Carol Herman made the following comment | Jun 24, 2007 11:45:31 PM | Permalink
NK: It's nice to be smart. And, nice to marry smart. I've discussed this with a wonderful friend, who is divorced. And, the conclusion I've drawn is that we did amazing things with our eggs.
And, both of us has kids who shine because they not only have smart moms; but wonderful, and smart, dads.
Does divorce teach lessons? You bet! I grew up in a world where this was supposed to shame women. I grew up in a world where healthy Catholic women had hysterecomies by the time they were 35; because they took their church's teachings, seriously.
Of course, in the old days, divorces were tough to get. And, warring parties stayed married.
The world's changed.
Well, it changed in Martin Luther's lifetime, too. But we really know the affects when we look back. There's enough there to amuse.
And, I agree with you. Beldar is a delight. I don't feel that I have to "agree." But he sure makes me think out loud.
Sometimes, I think lots of lawyers get confused about the public. Because all they have to do, when picking juries, is make sure enough angry people get subpeona'ed so there's a body count in the room; and then? There's a process that picks the most stupid.
You have no idea how high the distrust is, these days, for lawyers.
I hope, someday, the biggest complaint against Fitz is that he was able to run his show for more than 6 years! Started in Dubya's first term. He was supposed to be a "one-termer." But in 2004 he won. Fair and square.
And, the old media just went insane.
(5) DRJ made the following comment | Jun 25, 2007 11:10:57 PM | Permalink
The more Fred Thompson rises in the polls, the more attacks there will be on him and his family. I don't envy politicians these days.
(6) DRJ made the following comment | Jun 25, 2007 11:29:04 PM | Permalink
This Nashville Post article states Jeri Kehn Thompson is an attorney but not even Wikipedia knows what law school she attended.
Nashville Post link: http://www.nashvillepost.com/news/2007/6/1/the_inner_fred
(7) DRJ made the following comment | Jun 25, 2007 11:30:17 PM | Permalink
Sorry. I know you already linked the Nashville Post article. I meant to link the Wikipedia post but I goofed.
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