Legislate Pillow Talk Now!

Well before she was George Will’s wife, Mari Will, or Mari Maseng back then, worked in politics as communications director or deputy or assistant to GOP politicians: Bob Dole and President Reagan primarily. As well as a handful of presidential candidates in later years like Perry and Bachman, and she has offered her services to Romney. It’s what she did and what she does. So does the fact that she is the wife of a columnist as influential (perhaps a little less so lately) as George Will mean that he can’t write about a candidate she’s working for? Like Scott Walker, her current employer? Or is George Will’s recent mention of the fact his wife works for Walker enough?

While the ethics of pillow talk might apply - to the extent there is ethics in pillow talk - when one of a couple works in government and the other in the media, does it even apply here? It may be that voters would like to know what George bases his favorable opinions of Walker on and if his wife's job has anything to do with that opinion, but does this truly give Walker any advantage at all? Or is it just something that both Walker's campaign and George Will himself should have mentioned up front months ago as a courtesy to voters and nothing more? If anything, it puts Walker - who still has not declared - in the news a little more.

Imagine pillow talk being legislated. Arm's length relationships would take on a rather distinct tone and perhaps daily spousal conversation disclosure forms, DSCD's for short, would have to filled out - with a tidy little smartphone app one would think but one suspects George Will would prefer paper. And then digitally signed, something like the customs declaration forms you hurriedly fill out while trying to get the flight attendant to take your breakfast tray away before the the plane lands. If George Will is indeed trending libertarian, he might chafe at such restrictions on personal freedoms, as might many of us.

And what might really annoy him is the thought that somehow his opinion of Scott Walker has been influenced by that of his wife. He might even suggest that it is his wife that needs to disclose that her husband's approval of Walker motivated her to seek employment with the Wisconsin governor. Call it pillow talk.

Posted by Keeley at June 5, 2015 8:20 PM
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Comment #395838

Gee, how is this even noteworthy?

Seems to me this has all been done before. Mary Matalin and James Carville immediately come to mind.

So what exactly is the point of this thread?

Rocky

Posted by: Rocky Marks at June 6, 2015 10:21 AM
Comment #395840

Rocky,
It is a strange article. One would think examples where spouses are hired in order to bribe or otherwise influence politicians would be worth examining.

What should we make of the wife of Supreme Court justice Clarence Thomas working for the Heritage Foundation as a ‘lobbyist’ for $400,000/year, and the justice concealing the employment by omitting it from documents, and refusing to recuse himself from cases brought by Heritage, and even going so far as to ask the other justices to hear Heritage cases only to be voted down 8 - 1? The Supreme Court is not subject to the same Code of Conduct as other judges, otherwise Thomas would and should have been impeached on the spot.

Or the wife of Senator Ted Cruz working for Goldman Sachs?

Posted by: phx8 at June 6, 2015 1:36 PM
Comment #395842

phx8,

The example given of Will and his wife, in theory, shouldn’t be any big deal. Will certainly appears to be conservative, and one can only assume from the previous selection of employers that his wife is as well.

If Scott Walker wins the Presidency we are all truly screwed.

Oh, and BTW, I am quite sure Will’s “pillow talk”, at this time of year, is only about baseball anyway.

As far as the Clarence Thomas thing goes, it stunk from the beginning, why would it change now?

Rocky

Posted by: Rocky Marks at June 7, 2015 3:46 PM
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