Maintaining Optimism in the Face of Reality. Occasional observations on the state of the world, society, business and politics. Usually anchored by facts, always augmented by opinion.
Today, she again decided to see how Manolo Blahnik (0r maybe it's Prada or Gucci for her) tastes by shoving her foot way down her throat. As reported by Reuters via Yahoo today, citing an interview in USA Today:
Asked how she would be different from Mrs. Bush if Kerry won the Nov. 2 election, Heinz Kerry said: "Well, you know, I don't know Laura Bush. But she seems to be calm, and she has a sparkle in her eye, which is good. But I don't know that she's ever had a real job -- I mean, since she's been grown up."Ouch! Teresa, Teresa, Teresa, you need to think before you talk every once in a while. I mean, speaking five languages (Portuguese, English, French, Spanish and Italian) doesn't do you any good if you just make an ass out of yourself in English.
Teresa Heinz Kerry (or more completely Maria Teresa Thierstein Simões-Ferreira Heinz Kerry) is a total triple-threat here with this move. How? Well, by:
- Being dead wrong (just like she was in that July incident) as Laura Bush has been both a public school teacher and librarian for nine years
- Alienating the female vote that Kerry is desperately trying to hold on to given Bush's lead among men by:
- Denigrating the work of stay-at-home mothers, and women who respect the work that raising a family without a cadre of nannies entails (although I imagine Heinz-Kerry's experience raising children was much, much easier), and
- Appearing to be a complete hypocrite, since her occupation as "heiress" is probably not going to really enhance the idea of "sisterhood" with working women.
- Just coming off as, I'm sorry, a total bitch.
On top of it all, Kerry really picked a dumb target: Laura Bush's favorable-to-unfavorable rating is a positively glowing 74%-16% versus Heinz Kerry's 40%-34% which could most charitably be described as lukewarm. As reported in the accompanying USA Today article on what the U.S. wants in a first lady.
Covering the brouhaha: [USA Today] [Jacksonville TV] [CNN]
Yesterday, Heinz Kerry was quoted as saying she didn't regret any of her past remarks. At least she left open the possibility of regretting future ones. [AP via Yahoo]
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