October 07, 2004
Heinz Kerry in Seattle

Teresa Heinz Kerry was in the Seattle area yesterday. Here are some highlights from her visit. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reports that Heinz Kerry is promoting her husband's health care "plan":

"What I see in America today ... is that, for the most part, we are not a very healthy country," Heinz Kerry said. Too many children, for example, are suffering from a form of diabetes caused by a poor diet. "John's plan focuses on wellness and prevention."
I suppose the Heinz Kerry administration will promote the consumption of ketchup as part of a healthy diet. Hey, wait, weren't the Republicans criticized for doing just that?

Meanwhile, Heinz Kerry gave an answer to a Seattle Times columnist that suggests to us that the ketchup heiresss thinks that her husband is something of a lech:

If I was 80 cents short at the grocery store, and John Kerry was behind me in line, would he cover me, or pity me?

"Before me, he probably would have asked you out for a cup of coffee and paid the bill," Heinz Kerry said. "Today, I don't know what he would do, he doesn't even go shopping anymore, the poor guy."
If John Kerry were a truly generous soul, wouldn't he just cover the other person's shortfall as a neighborly gesture without marital status even being an issue?

Posted by Stefan Sharkansky at October 07, 2004 10:45 AM

Interesting. You are faulting Theresa for what you "suppose" (without any evidence) she and John Kerry would do, while acknowledging the Republicans were criticized for actually doing it. That's the kind of tactic employed by the Bush adminsitration that led the majority of Americans to believe Saddam Hussein was behind the 9/11 attacks. Karl Rove would be proud of you!

Posted by: Simon on October 7, 2004 12:15 PM

80 cents is no big deal in the grocery store. It's that notion of Karma - what goes around comes around. You ever been short some change, or will be? It just makes everything move quicker.

Why the Kerry family would struggle with this minor dilemma probably stems from the way wealth can shelter and affect your psyche. A homeless man asks you for 80 cents, and most times you don't want to help the bum's cause for more booze or heroin - or your tired of the only public engagement you receive being from some person who wants your freakin' money. Multiply this attitude by 10, and you've got John Kerry.

What that kind of person can offer the common man, I don't know. Bush could be guilty of the same folly - they're both millionaires. They're both sheltered from real engagement with real people on a regular basis.

Posted by: Paul Weaver on October 7, 2004 12:37 PM

Well, John and Teresa Kerry are BILLIONAIRES rather than "millionaires"—who knows more about being poor? A millionaire or a billionaire?

Posted by: Scott on October 7, 2004 09:30 PM

Ahhh, does Simon have a clue what he's talking about?

Just how many homeless people have the Kerrys invited into one of their houses and fed?

I love the way simple Simon repeats the the long since debunked nonsense about people in this country believing Saddam was behind 9-11...

If so, then I'm guessing that these people were by and large dim-witted Dems...

Posted by: russ on October 8, 2004 03:11 AM

Russ, according to the Christian Sciene Monitor of 3/14/03:

A New York Times/CBS poll this week shows that 45 percent of Americans believe Mr. Hussein was "personally involved" in Sept. 11, about the same figure as a month ago.

So I don't know what "long-since debunked nonsense" you are talking about.

Nor do I understand what your comments have to do with Shark's charge that Kerry will try to promote ketchup as part of a healthy diet. Neither Shark nor I said anything about feeding the homeless (who by definition are in need of homes, not necessarily food).

So it seems to me if anyone is clueless here, it would be you, Russ.

Posted by: Simon on October 8, 2004 04:17 PM

Your dislike of the Democrats ils so appalling that it beclouds your mind...chat on about how Bush has helped this country! Health care? jobs? defficit--get real. You can be critic al if you can show us how we are better off now as a nation than we were 4 years ago. And that goes for threats of terror too.

Posted by: freddie poo on October 11, 2004 07:10 AM


1) I believe the ketchup comment was a joke, not a "charge".

2) While I have no objection to increased ketchup consumption (I've probably singlehandedly paid for one of Kerry's windsurfing sails), the idea of the government deciding what we ought to eat sounds like a slippery slope to start down.

Posted by: JSinger on October 11, 2004 07:38 AM

Kerry would never actually use his own money to help out someone else in the supermarket line, but he would support a bill authored by Ted Kennedy, the "Grocery Augmentation and Family Civil Rights Act," to provide a government employee at every checkout line in a America to hand out taxpayer-subsidized money to people who are short-of-cash.

Interest groups would perform studies showing that 85% of minorities were short in the grocery line at one time or another. CBS and CNN would interview women who would relate painfully how they had to put back the Mentos, because they were 80 cents short, and their bad breath and lack of plucky resourcefulness caused them not to get the job that would have lifted them out of welfare.

The NAACP would claim that "people being short of cash in the grocery line is the biggest civil rights issue facing our people today."

Then, of course, Kerry would be out windsurfing the day the bill came up for a vote, and not actually vote for it.

Posted by: Matt J Kurlander on October 11, 2004 10:13 AM
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