Joe Scarborough must need to push more misogyny buttons to get promoted into the regular Imus-replacement gig. We've had our fun in Lefty Blogistan with Mrs Fred Thompson (thanks, TBogg!) but in this on-air conversation with Craig Crawford, Scarborough really crosses the line:
SCARBOROUGH: Have you seen Fred Thompson's wife?
CRAWFORD: Oh, yeah.
SCARBOROUGH: You think she thinks she works the pole?
Works the pole? Works the pole??!?? MSNBC says JoeScar meant Jeri Thompson is into stripper-cise, a "Hollyweird" exercise craze:
"A spokesman for the news network said . . . that the comment has been taken out of context and that it is 'irresponsible' to suggest Scarborough was employing sexual innuendo. 'Works the pole' could have been a reference to poles that some strippers use in their acts. MSNBC says it was a reference to an exercise routine that a growing number of women are performing."
Not gonna linkup to the righty bloggers who call JoeScar out for this idiocy (you'll have to go through Howie Kurtz, like I did) but here's a sample:
"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."
If you also think Joe Scarborough went too far down the slope of "lovely lady = Pretty Woman = stripper" here's where to register your opinion: firstname.lastname@example.org (joe's boss) or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.