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Re: Wendi Stands By Her Man

Derb, my friend Bruce Feirstein, the great screenwriter and humorist, who’s had extensive experience working in China, has penned this important update in Vanity Fair on the hitherto-unexplored but crucial subject of Trophy Wives vs. Tiger Wives. Hollywood, please copy:

To paraphrase Jane Austen, it is a truth universally acknowledged that a married man in possession of a vast fortune must be in want of a second, younger wife. You know the archetype: a flashy, high-maintenance former beauty queen, who started by redecorating the corporate board room and moved on to the C.E.O.’s bedroom. Blonde and Botoxed, she’s the flesh-and-bones equivalent of a midlife-crisis Corvette.

Obviously, not all second wives fall into this category.

Having watched endless clips of the way Wendi Deng Murdoch leapt to her husband’s defense in London this week, we decided it’s time to retire the old cliché and advance to the next “I want one of those” babes, to satisfy the covetous little Goldman Sachs partner in all of us.

Herewith, a comparison chart:

You’ll love the chart, which treats such critical subjects as Pedigree, Maternal Instincts, and, of course, Shoes.

Michael Walsh — Mr. Walsh is the author of the novels Hostile Intent and Early Warning and, writing as frequent NRO contributor David Kahane, Rules for Radical Conservatives.

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