Skip to comments.The Real Kerry
Posted on 02/04/2004 10:48:07 PM PST by Utah GirlEdited on 05/26/2004 5:19:26 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]
ONE of the surest ways to get the phones ringing on any Massachusetts talk-radio show is to ask people to call in and tell their John Kerry stories. The phone lines are soon filled, and most of the stories have a common theme: our junior senator pulling rank on one of his constituents, breaking in line, demanding to pay less (or nothing) or ducking out before the bill arrives.
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There's a track record for you. And his charitable contributions of $135 on about a 100,000 salary is impressive. No wonder the Dems always want to raise taxes, they believe greed is a universal human condition that must be regulated.
It seems Kerry had a thing for blond interns, and he would only interview them between 10:00 PM and 6:00AM when his African American wife was out of town.
I wonder if this will be mentioned again later in the campaign?
But previous reports indicate that Thorne had problems with Kerry even after they split 21 years ago.
During the period the Kerrys were separated, for instance, the senator apparently felt little constrained by his marital vows. Gossip columns at the time linked him to Morgan Fairchild, Cornelia Guest and even President Reagan's liberal daughter, Patti Davis. An upcoming Boston Globe expose will reportedly feature details of the Massachusetts Democrat's 1980s affair with a 25-year-old British reporter.
According to a previous account offered by the paper, the fact that Kerry was still technically married till 1988 "reportedly came as a surprise to some of his frequent companions."
Just weeks before his May 26, 1995, remarriage to Ketchup heiress Theresa Heinz, Thorne took Kerry to court in a bid for an increase in child support payments, arguing that "his income was up substantially," according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer.
Both Kerry and Thorne denied that the lawsuit had anything to do with Heinz or her fortune.
But friction arose again two years later when Kerry, a Catholic, applied to the Washington, D.C., archdiocese to have his marriage to Thorne annulled, even though the couple had two grown daughters.
Thorne "has written a letter of opposition to the archdiocese because she feels the process demeans their relationship and their children," reported the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette in 1997.
The paper blamed Kerry's new wife on the annulment bid. His office issued a terse statement: "Sen. Kerry very much understands Julia's feelings and appreciates her support. Sen. Kerry believes that this is a private family matter."
The Washington Times noted in a Kerry profile several years ago that his critics consider him "a ruthless political opportunist." Given some of the more obscure details of Kerry's first marriage, that assessment may not be too far off the mark.
1. Remember after the '02 elections, the immediate Dem party line was that the true liberal message wasn't getting out, and that's why they were losing? Boom. Shift further to the left, giving rise to Dean and a host of others trying to out-liberal each other.
2. Position Hillary as the more "moderate", voice of reason, reining in the hard-core, extreme liberals.
3. Crushing defeat for Dems in '04.
4. Position Hillary as the party healer, and centrist, representing the right combination of experience and "mainstream" thinking to win the White House in '08.
In my opinion, this is classic Clinton triangulation, with the current plan to use this year's election to properly position Hillary in '08.
Were those "the wandering years" when he annulled his marriage from first wife and children so he could marry his second wifey? At least thats what I have heard on the internet - what I've read, what they are talking about. But I don't know. I will let the jfk wannabe speak for himself. But you know, I've always wondered - does that mean the children really didn't happen when a person annuls their marriage. hmmmmm and then there is such a thing as character, isn't there!!!!
"Thank you for contacting me to express your opposition ... to the early use of military force by the US against Iraq. I share your concerns. On January 11, I voted in favor of a resolution that would have insisted that economic sanctions be given more time to work and against a resolution giving the president the immediate authority to go to war."
--letter from Senator John Kerry to Wallace Carter of Newton Centre, Massachusetts, dated January 22 
"Thank you very much for contacting me to express your support for the actions of President Bush in response to the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. From the outset of the invasion, I have strongly and unequivocally supported President Bush's response to the crisis and the policy goals he has established with our military deployment in the Persian Gulf."
--Senator Kerry to Wallace Carter, January 31 
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