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Friday, October 22, 2004

Kurtz on the THK kurfluffles

WaPo's Howard Kurtz has a funny, link-filled article on Theresa Heinz-Kerry's (or does she prefer the unhyphenated version?) comments about First Lady Laura Bush, in which he reports that NPR has video footage of the gaffe, and then muses:

We don't really vote for first lady. She kind of comes with the package. But if the candidates are going to have their wives out there campaigning for them, I guess they have to take their lumps when the spouse goes off message.

Well, yes.  So it has been back to FDR's days and well beyond.  Mr. Kurtz wonders whether "this more important than, oh, I don't know, American soldiers dying in Iraq?"  Well, no; of course not.  But there's bandwidth and column space and airtime enough to discuss all of these things, and more; Mr. Kurtz found space in his WaPo article to mention Sen. Kerry's geese, for instance, just as there was time at the DNC for Licorice the Unlucky Hamster and at the RNC for the Bush twins' riff on growing up with Dubya.

And certainly we all need some comic relief, some distraction from more weighty issues.  In fact, I'd one-up TRN's Noam Scheiber, as linked from Mr. Kurtz's article, and suggest that the most attractive Kerry counterspin (to be made by suitably distanced proxies, and leaked only to Judith Miller-types who'd go to jail before breaching their promises of confidentiality) would be to argue that Ms. Heinz-Kerry would be a formidable asset in a Kerry presidency precisely because of the comic relief she'd offer for the next four years.  Alas, from the look on Ms. Heinz-Kerry's face after her husband's debate joke at her expense about marrying up, I suspect Judith Miller would end up preferring a jail cell to facing THK's prolonged wrath, and Sen. Kerry's probably too tall to fit comfortably on any of the couches in the White House anyway.

Posted by Beldar at 10:08 AM in Mainstream Media, Politics (2006 & earlier) | Permalink


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(1) Dan made the following comment | Oct 22, 2004 10:59:56 AM | Permalink

Well, as you said, I think a "comic" diversion can be a good thing. Like THK's book deal, linked below. But, in all seriousness, I can not believe the American people won't see how the "joke" of THK as First Lady wouldn't wear off mighty quickly - and all we would be left with is a feeling similar to one you can get when you've laughed too hard - a sore, insufferable pain in the gut.


(2) Roundguy made the following comment | Oct 22, 2004 4:05:21 PM | Permalink

1. She prefers Theresa Heinz.
2. She would be Hillary the second.
3. John doesn't have the backbone to stand up to her.
4. She might cut off his allowance.

I wonder if he's taken the sanity test?


(3) Steven Jens made the following comment | Oct 22, 2004 7:11:10 PM | Permalink

Note: "soldiers dying in Iraq". Not "schools opening in Iraq" or "city councils being elected in Iraq" or "terrorists being defeated, city by city, in Iraq".

Not that the "soldiers dying" aspect of the Iraq story is unimportant. But it's all too characteristic that that's how the situation is framed.

(4) SemiPundit made the following comment | Oct 26, 2004 6:28:10 AM | Permalink

Soldiers need to leave the school painting to Iraquis and go cover each others' backs.

On top of that, there are American civilians driving trucks for $120,000 a year and driving past Iraquis who are unemployed.

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