Dad29 notes that Susan Estrich thinks that Boomer women will be upset about Fred Thompson's young-enough-to-be- his-daughter wife. She notes that some women voters will be turned off by the fact that Fred shares no generational experiences with his wife. She can't recall where she was when JFK was shot (unless you believe in reincarnation, that would be nowhere, actually) or remember the same music, etc.
Patrick McIlheran comments on the insular grandiosity of Baby Boomers about their "shared experiences" and I think that the phenomenom that he refers to certainly exists. Look at all those obnoxious television commercials for retirement planners.
But I think there is a simpler explanation for Estrich's point which is, I think, true. Jeri Thompson will be a negative. Older women - with some justification - resent the fact that men their age are attracted to younger women. They resent the societal emphasis on youthful (as opposed to mature) feminine beauty. Jeri and Fred will remind them of that.
I must confess that I have two reactions to this. The first is rooted in my formative high school years as a nerd who was overlooked for older cooler (and generally "badder") guys. Part of me wants to say that payback is a bitch.
But that's all Shark and no Shepherd.
Susan is right. Putting aside baby boomer parochialism and the politics of the sixties, marital companionship may well be diminished by the absence of shared experiences.
So, being a creative nerd, I crafted a solution. I married someone who is roughly my age but looks twenty years younger.
(K: How many points do I get for that?)