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February 1, 2004 - The problem with strong, educated women with opinions....
The problem with strong, educated women with opinions? They ruin everything!
In the magazine on last
week I wrote about Teresa Heinz Kerry. The idea was we're really not ready,
should John Kerry become president, for an outspoken strong-willed first lady.
We have become accustomed to Laura Bush.
Cherie [Blair] said Bush 'stole' power and tackled him on executions
You get the idea.
Stephens writes that Mrs Blair behaved impeccably at her first meeting with the President "for
all her outspoken resentment on the flight" and "to the great relief of her husband and aides" she had been at pains to make
friends with Laura Bush.
Damn. It's embarrassing when your wife is an actual attorney with strong views! She might even express
Stephens also states that later in the evening Mr Bush had been embarrassed by his wife. Laura Bush had made it clear that her views on abortion were a great deal more liberal than his.
Really? No one ever knew that. Laura knows usually enough to keep
her damned mouth shut. A good woman.
"Cherie is nothing but an embarrassment, to her husband and the rest of the country. The criminal-consorting, hypocritical, spurious 'human rights' lawyering, crystal gazing bit? I wouldn't worry about anything this dumb cow has to say."
posted on 01/24/2004
1:00:06 AM PST by ScudEast
posted on 01/24/2004
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posted on 01/24/2004 1:24:07 AM PST by dennisw ("We'll put a boot in your ass, it's the American way." - Toby Keith)
And the backlash began this week.
Michelle Malkin, Townhall, January 28, 2004
It goes something like this:
Its only a matter of time before we witness another Howard Dean Moment in the Democratic presidential race - but not, I predict, from any of the Democratic presidential candidates. Skulking in the campaign background is a ticking time bombette with a volatile temper and acid tongue who makes Dean look like Mr. Rogers on Prozac.
She's the wife of front-runner Sen. John Kerry, Teresa Heinz. Formerly known as Maria Teresa Thierstein Simoes-Ferreira, the hotheaded widow of the late Pennsylvania GOP Sen. John Heinz is self-aggrandizingly known among her wealthy liberal friends and fellow environmental radicals as "Saint Teresa" (and that's pronounced Teh-RAY-zah, you ninny!).
Though she has been married to Sen. Kerry since 1995 - "I would have bashed him over the head" if he hadn't proposed, she, uh, joked - she only recently and reluctantly allowed herself to be known as "Teresa Heinz Kerry" in hubby's political brochures and during campaign events and press interviews. "They'll call me Mrs. Kerry, because that's what's natural to them," she complained to Elle magazine last summer. "I don't tell them to shut up... I don't give a st, you know."
Okay then. We'll just call her Howard Dean in haute couture.
You get the idea. You can click on the link for the whole rant.
And of course Ann Coulter weighed in.
She concentrated on the girly-boy husband.
- "For over thirty years, Kerry's primary occupation has been stalking lonely heiresses."
- "Kerry is like some character in a Balzac novel, an adventurer twirling the end of his mustache and preying on rich women."
Just a gigolo
Once you read past the rant on Kerry's political failings, you get to the domestic issues:
For over 30 years, Kerry's primary occupation has been stalking lonely heiresses. Not to get back to his combat experience, but Kerry sees a room full of wealthy widows as "a target-rich environment." This is a guy whose experience dealing with tax problems is based on spending his entire adult life being supported by rich women. What does a kept man know about taxes?
In 1970, Kerry married into the family of Julia Thorne - a family estimated to be worth about $300 million. She got depressed, so he promptly left her and was soon seen catting around with Hollywood starlets, mostly while the cad was still married. (Apparently, JFK really was his mentor.) Thorne is well-bred enough to say nothing ill of her Lothario ex-husband. He is, after all, the father of her children - a fact that never seemed to constrain him.
When Kerry was about to become the latest Heinz family charity, he sought to have his marriage to Thorne annulled, despite the fact that it had produced two children. It seems his second meal ticket, Teresa Heinz, wanted the first marriage annulled - and Heinz is worth more than $700 million. Kerry claims he will stand up to powerful interests, but he can't even stand up to his wife.
Heinz made Kerry sign a prenuptial agreement, presumably aware of how careless he is with other people's property, such as other people's Vietnam War medals, which Kerry threw on the ground during a 1971 anti-war demonstration.
At pains to make Kerry sound like a normal American, his campaign has described how Kerry risked everything, mortgaging his home in Boston to help pay for his presidential campaign. Technically, Kerry took out a $6 million mortgage for "his share" of "the family's home" - which was bought with the Heinz family fortune. (Why should he spend his own money? He didn't throw away his own medals.) I'm sure the average working stiff in Massachusetts can relate to a guy who borrows $6 million against his house to pay for TV ads.
And so on and so forth. You have the link.
Coulter ends with this?
The Democrats' joy at nominating Kerry is perplexing. To be sure, liberals take a peculiar, wrathful pleasure in supporting pacifist military types. And Kerry's life story is not without a certain feral aggression. But if we're going to determine fitness for office based on life experience, Kerry clearly has no experience dealing with problems of typical Americans since he is a cad and a gigolo living in the lap of other men's money.
Kerry is like some character in a Balzac novel, an adventurer twirling the end of his mustache and preying on rich women. This low-born poseur with his threadbare pseudo-Brahmin family bought a political career with one rich woman's money, dumped her, and made off with another heiress to enable him to run for president. If Democrats want to talk about middle-class tax cuts, couldn't they nominate someone who hasn't been a poodle to rich women for the past 33 years?
Ah, the core of the matter! Kerry is a rich woman's poodle.
What a wimp! And what a harridan!
My Australian friend who has been a resident of France for many years does not, of course, know who this Coulter woman is. And she wrote this:
Knowing nothing of this writer - and most other Americans - is this writer a sad attention-seeking ugly middle-aged single moo who has a bone to pick with pretty men who have not fallen at her little plump feet because of her b-rate column writing status?
I think that she should stop bemoaning the evil Kerry's amongst other men of the world and consider womankind - or just go away and pen some bodice ripper of a romance.
Well, my friend doesn't know the author of the best-selling books Treason and Slander is considered a major spokesperson of the conservative right and on all the talk shows most every week, and a tall, thin, blond attorney.
Of course there's a lot of joking that shes really a man. And a mean one at that.
Of course Phillip Raines in Atlanta sums up Coulter this way:
Reading Anne is like listening to Tokyo Rose, a mouthpiece of hatred, crafting cruelty on the most flimsy suppositions. Deep in the text of this boil on the ass of op-ed writers is the desperate whimper "No one has ever really loved me".
More an example of a dominatrix than family values, her only physical accomplishment is dragging Paula Jones in a lawsuit that helped her client afford a nose job. A man underneath it all? Well, not much of a man.
My prediction? Her looks will not age well, her research will be increasingly shoddy and her misery will bring out the misery in others.
Joseph, who knows our Franco-Australian friend, Emma, adds this.
I was curious about what Emma would gather about Ann Coulter strictly by reading her piece, as Emma has never heard of her. I guess it's even more obvious than I thought, at least to those who are not blinded by bileful hatred. Emma thinks that this sort of thing is so laughable as to be harmless. Emma has never been to America.
I tried to estimate what proportion of the American voting public takes this as serious political discourse. I said 20%. When one considers that in presidential politics 10% is a "landslide", that's a lot.
At least to the extent that this sort of thing appears in the British press (and it doesn't; not really) it's confined to media where it won't be taken seriously, at least not by serious people. I think this stuff is dangerous because the weak are first attracted to the sound and the fury, and then believe whatever other "facts" are presented along the way.
I can see where this is going to go, however. They're already trying to paint Kerry as "Clinton II" - an amoral opportunist and philanderer, sure, but these are not the gravest of offenses.
While most of us are somewhat mystified by what made those on the right hate Clinton so intensely, I think that to those on the right, it's much more clear, not that they are necessarily able to name that which ills them. The gist is this; here you have another man who may stoop to putting himself on the same plane with - or worse, be beholden to - a woman for something. He's a man who hasn't taught his b**ch to shut up. This is unacceptable. God says so.
Thus, their portrait of Kerry as "goldbricker" is superior to that of Bush as the same by virtue of the fact that Bush, despite having come by his "success" even more passively than Kerry, is not beholden to a woman who might have some power in the relationship and might have something to say. We all know how dangerous THAT is!
I also explained to Emma how at the state level, whoever has the power consolidates that power by constant redistricting, a concept that cannot even pretend to have as its aim a fair result representative of the public will. She was certain that in France, this would trigger another revolution. Perhaps, but what does a country of socialists like France know about democracy, anyway?
Yep, Joseph nails the bit about sexual politics on the head. Quite so.
It only gets worse.
And as for our odd redistricting ways, no, we won't have a revolution. We're fat, dumb and happy. Let the Europeans, particularly the French, think about the big issues. We have the Super Bowl and worrying whether we ought to consider electing someone so pussy-whipped at John Kerry. You know. Even bigger issues.