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September 15, 2004
Marie Antoinette Of The 21st Century

The Post recently did a spin piece on Teresa Heinz Kerry, arguing that the Kerry campaign unfairly kept her under wraps. Unfortunately for both Kerrys, it turns out that the Post was incorrect:

Teresa Heinz Kerry, encouraging volunteers as they busily packed supplies Wednesday for hurricane relief efforts in the Caribbean, said she was concerned the effort was too focused on sending clothes instead of essentials like water and electric generators.

"Clothing is wonderful, but let them go naked for a while, at least the kids," said Heinz Kerry, the wife of Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry. "Water is necessary, and then generators, and then food, and then clothes."

At least this isn't "Shove it" or "Asses of Evil", but it's just as foolish. Who tells people that have just gone through a hurricane that clothing isn't important? Maybe Teresa likes running around naked, but for people who have lost everything in a storm, being lectured on the need to accept further humiliation because of Mrs. Kerry's priorities won't convince them that nude is where it's at. It's strikingly similar to "Let them eat cake," another phrase popularized by a rich and powerful spouse to a dithering monarch.

It wasn't malicious, to be sure ... but it wasn't bright, either. (Hat tip: Bill Schumm.)

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at September 15, 2004 11:24 PM

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