The Lincoln Plawg - the blog with footnotes
Sunday, November 14, 2004
And no Teresa - damn!
On September 22, I suggested that
You feel it would be worth voting for Kerry just for the sheer fun of seeing her in action...
I rather figure Teresa Heinz Kerry as living in a bubble of colour in a generally black-and-white world  - Newsweek bewails her treatment in the campaign: too exotic, too independent, too sexy .
For all the forty years of affirmative action (Title IX massacring college sports in the process) and women prominent in government for a decade and more, America demands a Hausfrau for its First Lady, it seems.
And Hillary's 2008 campaign is a non-starter not only for being another Northern liberal.
THK is, of course, genuinely European - unlike Mr K; but I'm not aware of any European leader with a wife quite like her . Cherie Blair, for all her legal career and espousing of inconvenient causes, is rather closer to the Laura Bush mumsy style .
(The exit poll didn't have a question bearing on the existence of a Teresa effect - my guess is that the salience was negligible. But fun to speculate over. And media men must be kicking themselves: THK as First Lady would have been worth a headline a day!)
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