Why Politicians Shouldn’t Marry Comedy Writers

We’re seeing a beautiful Wes Anderson film in this. (Sadly, we doubt that Wes does.)

Bob Kerrey’s wife, Sarah Paley, rues his political career, disses Nebraska, in Vogue essay

Here’s an interesting twist on the adoring political spouse: Does it matter to voters if a wife or husband really, really doesn’t want to be part of the campaign?

Consider the case of Bob Kerrey — war hero, former governor and senator from Nebraska, presidential candidate. After a dozen years working in New York, the high-profile Democrat, 68, jumped back into politics earlier this year when he decided to run for his old Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Ben Nelson.

Exciting news? Not for his wife.

“My friends were understanding, some even as outraged as I that he would choose his country over his family,” Sarah Paley wrote in an essay for Vogue’s July issue. While she insisted her husband would be a great senator, Paley seemingly hates everything else about his decision; she even wrote that she fantasized about a career-ending sex scandal.

The former “Saturday Night Live” writer, 55, met the glamorous bachelor in 1995 when he was still in office…

Is this Paley being funny? Or is it — as some critics suggested — a condescending, East Coast put-down? A few Nebraskans noted that her essay wasn’t written for voters, but for Vogue, for whom she posed wearing a Narciso Rodriguez dress and Manolo Blahnik heels.

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To us, the real question is, “Is this the Washington Post being funny?” And we honestly don’t know if we hope so…or hope not.

2 thoughts on “Why Politicians Shouldn’t Marry Comedy Writers

  1. AlexH says:

    (As was once said about the FBI,)
    I wasn’t aware that the Washington Post had the ability to be funny, or a sensa uma.

    • LB says:

      I think they think their bloggers do. And this may be from one of the blogs. It’s not marked very well (another sign of newspaper cluelessness re the web), so I’m not sure.

      Great to hear from you, Alex.

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