Phil, I agree in part. As I have written before, the Jeri story line matters only in so far as it adversely affects the campaign and the appearance that Thompson is the captain of the ship. Interestingly, this is precisely the point that Thompson seeks to address– declaring that she was acting at his behest. As for the comments he made at NRO, a candidate and his wife can’t simultaneously complain that the press got it wrong and refuse to talk to them, even to confirm basic facts. More importantly, if you are going to have a Seinfeld non-campaign (right now it is about nothing) the press will have a field day. The way to have fended this off was to have entered in a timely fashion and laid out a bold agenda. That is water under the bridge now and we’ll have to see if Thompson can steer his own course in September.