David, I agree entirely with your point. Unless your spouse is Ken Mehlman or Bill Clinton it never turns out well when she (it is almost always “she”, so please hold the “don’t say it’s always the wife” complaints) starts directing traffic. Some have noted that Thompson’s wife is actually a GOP consultant so the danger is not as great but I think the concern remains the same. Spouses by definition are in a poor position to offer objective advice. Presidential races are like no others and the direction of the campaign and the clear lines of authority are almost always best left to those who have that unique experience.