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Kerry and my sister
Conway Daily Sun ^ | 10/14/04

Posted on 10/14/2004 1:22:48 PM PDT by David M. Brooks

— Many readers know me only as a conservative and are surprised to learn that I haven’t always been one. Seeing and hearing John Kerry several times a day is an almost constant reminder that I used to think quite differently when I worked for him back in 1972. I was more liberal then and Kerry was staging an unsuccessful run for congress in the fifth district of Massachusetts. Prior to that, he had been involved with the Vietnam Veterans Against the War, and I had been fighting city hall in Lowell, the district’s biggest city. His campaign people contacted me and I went to work for them. Some friends and relatives came into the campaign as well, including two of my sisters, Jane and Elaine. When my daughter, Annie, got married last August, they came up for the wedding and we reminisced about those days.

After Kerry lost the election, I had no more contact with him. I had sensed a lack of passion in him and had come to see him as an empty suit. But Elaine and Jane had become friendly with Kerry’s first wife, Julia, and their association with Kerry went on for a few years. Both got to know his family fairly well when they babysat his daughters. Elaine watched them sometimes at the three-unit apartment house we had purchased together and they played with my daughters there. Jane was younger and still lived with our parents in nearby Tewksbury. In the summer, she would sometimes accompany the Kerrys to Naushon Island, the private, seven-mile-long summer retreat of the Forbes family, and help with the children.

My family has always been politically active. We were born Boston-Irish-Catholic-Democrats and politics is innate. During the 1960s and ‘70s, though, the Democrat Party veered left while the McLaughlin family veered right. Not one of the nine of us still living belongs to the party any more, and I’m sure even my father would have resigned if he had lived to see what’s happened to that once-venerable party.

The day after the wedding last August, we were all sipping wine and talking politics on the porch of my mother’s house in Lovell when Jane told a Kerry story I hadn’t heard before. We had been taking turns relating just when it was that each of us had come to dislike the man the Democrats have since nominated for president. Jane described how she was spending a week on Naushon. Unaware that she was on a nearby porch and within earshot, Kerry was telling Julia that he didn’t want Jane to eat dinner with the family that evening. When Julia asked why, Kerry explained that some dinner guests he had invited didn’t approve of the help eating with the family.

As Jane was telling the story 30 years later, she was still angry and it showed clearly on her face. She’s fully as much of a spitfire now as she was at 15 when the incident occurred, and it had been years since I’d seen that I angry look only she can display. She has a way of pursing her lips and knitting her brow when she’s mad that is unique to her and I had to laugh. “It wasn’t funny,” she said—again with the angry expression. “I was mortified.”

“So what happened?” I asked, trying to be serious. Jane went on to explain that Julia had put her foot down and told her husband she refused to explain that Kerry wanted her to eat in another room. With that, our would-be president backed off and Jane ate with the family as she usually did. I could picture her sitting at the dinner table, looking at Kerry and doing the slow burn as only Jane can.

“John Kerry—courageous man of the people,” I said.
“That’s when I came to hate him,” said Jane.
“Understandable,” I answered.

Eventually, the Kerrys sold their house in Lowell when he went to law school at Boston College. Then he served as Assistant District Attorney in Middlesex County, Mass. I finished school and moved north to the mountains to teach. Elaine and Jane married and moved to the suburbs. Kerry then ran for Lieutenant Governor under Michael Dukakis, then U.S. Senator. Reading snippets of what he was up to in the Boston papers, I was gradually moving from left to right on the political spectrum. Kerry, obviously, remains on the left—the most liberal member of the Senate. Seeing and hearing him every day is a continuous affirmation that I moved in the right direction.

Tom McLaughlin is a history teacher who lives in Lovell, Maine. He can be reached at tommclaughlin@pivot.net.


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1 posted on 10/14/2004 1:22:48 PM PDT by David M. Brooks
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To: David M. Brooks

David, I wonder how Teresa would have responded to the same request.


2 posted on 10/14/2004 1:26:55 PM PDT by ClintonBeGone (Take the first step in the war on terror - defeat John Kerry)
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To: ClintonBeGone

Terayzaa, would have made her eat out back with the dogs.


3 posted on 10/14/2004 1:27:39 PM PDT by Jersey Republican Biker Chick (Pobody's Nerfect)
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To: David M. Brooks

Not surprising in the least bit. I would have suspected Effin' of being one of those who disapproved of the "help" eating at the same table.


4 posted on 10/14/2004 1:27:58 PM PDT by Corporate Law (<>< -- Xavier Basketball - Perennial Slayer of #1 Ranked Teams)
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To: David M. Brooks

Just further confirmation of my instinctive Southern Lady radar . . . Kerry is a pig.


5 posted on 10/14/2004 1:29:37 PM PDT by AnAmericanMother (. . . Ministrix of ye Chace (recess appointment), TTGC Ladies' Auxiliary . . .)
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To: David M. Brooks

bump


6 posted on 10/14/2004 1:30:44 PM PDT by ConservativeVoice
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To: David M. Brooks

David you have confirmed what I believe about this man - and I don't even know him. He is, perhaps, transparent?


7 posted on 10/14/2004 1:31:21 PM PDT by just truth please (just truth please)
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To: David M. Brooks
Unaware that she was on a nearby porch and within earshot, Kerry was telling Julia that he didn’t want Jane to eat dinner with the family that evening. When Julia asked why, Kerry explained that some dinner guests he had invited didn’t approve of the help eating with the family.

I shudder to think what John Kerry really thinks of much of his constituency -- the black Americans he recently met at the dog-and-pony shows masquerading as "worship services" at their churches.

Thanks for your account of this despicable elitist.

8 posted on 10/14/2004 1:32:00 PM PDT by F16Fighter
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To: David M. Brooks
Oops --link didn't work and author name didn't post---author Tom McLaughlin Link: Kerry And My Sister
9 posted on 10/14/2004 1:32:02 PM PDT by David M. Brooks (Twenty Minutes Into The Future)
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To: David M. Brooks

Thanks for posting -- Howie Carr read it on his show, but I missed the beginning.


10 posted on 10/14/2004 1:32:29 PM PDT by maryz
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To: Jersey Republican Biker Chick

But Algore would have snuck out some table scraps...


11 posted on 10/14/2004 1:32:55 PM PDT by Hatteras
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To: David M. Brooks
Unaware that she was on a nearby porch and within earshot, Kerry was telling Julia that he didn’t want Jane to eat dinner with the family that evening. When Julia asked why, Kerry explained that some dinner guests he had invited didn’t approve of the help eating with the family.

Great post. It speaks volumes about who Kerry really is.

12 posted on 10/14/2004 1:33:40 PM PDT by T. Buzzard Trueblood (Behind every terrorist, there's a tyrant with a checkbook.)
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To: F16Fighter

Despicable elitist traitor.
That is Kerry.


13 posted on 10/14/2004 1:34:12 PM PDT by onyx (John "F" Kerry deserves to be the final casualty of the Vietnam War - Re-elect Bush/Cheney)
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To: David M. Brooks

Just trash with cash.


14 posted on 10/14/2004 1:34:38 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: David M. Brooks
I'd like to have Tom's comment on an observation I've read recently. Tom mentions that the Kerry's moved when he went to Boston College Law School.

I've said that an elitist (your sister's story supports that label), arrogant Boston Brahmin would have gone to Harvard Law School as a matter of birthright.

There must be meaning to the fact that Kerry DIDN'T go to HLS and had to settle for BC. One person commented that he had a BS from Yale but didn't have the LSATs/credentials to get into HLS and, probably, Kerry didn't either. I don't buy that because a well connected Forbes could have gotten no matter what his LSATs were.

There must be another reason why Kerry didn't go to Harvard Law! Any suggestions?

15 posted on 10/14/2004 1:34:47 PM PDT by Tacis (When Kerry Farts, You Can Hear McAuliffe's Voice And Smell Lockhart's Breath!)
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To: David M. Brooks

David, you have confirmed what I believe about this man
and I don't even know him. He is, perhaps, tranparent?


16 posted on 10/14/2004 1:35:09 PM PDT by just truth please (just truth please)
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To: David M. Brooks

There are buttloads of these stories just being sat on the liberal northeastern press. The one story I hear alot is the story where an airmen on an overseas junket with Kerry started talking about his boat and Kerry said something to the effect that he would not go on his pissant little boat and that he would not be caught dead on anything less than 130 footer.


17 posted on 10/14/2004 1:37:27 PM PDT by KC_Conspirator (I am poster #48)
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To: Howlin; hoosiermama

It's not as if we didn't know, but....


18 posted on 10/14/2004 1:39:24 PM PDT by Bahbah (Proud member of the pajamahadeen)
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To: David M. Brooks

Sounds Verry Kerry.


19 posted on 10/14/2004 1:39:44 PM PDT by stockpirate (Kerry; supported by, financed by, trained by, guided by, revered by, in favor of, Communists.)
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To: David M. Brooks

Tom Mclaughlin called in to Howie Carr (I think he said he had some more to add). Howie told him to e-mail it (to his personal e-mail address), and he'll try to get the whole thing in the New York Post, which occasionally runs a Howie Carr column.


20 posted on 10/14/2004 1:49:58 PM PDT by maryz
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To: David M. Brooks

He was just a little ahead of the rest of the party leaders at the time. There's "leadership" and then there's "the rest" of the party. The rest is not equal to the leadership. This is why Berger, Clintons and Rather don't have the same line to toe as the commoner rest of the public.

How odd that the Jewish, Arabic, Black, Union and Hispanic voters haven't even perceived the dichotomy. They seem not to have a clue that they wouldn’t be acceptable at the same table with their vaunted party select because class standards have to be observed.

It’s not hard to wonder whether that perception has also made inroads into GOP thinking.


21 posted on 10/14/2004 1:55:15 PM PDT by Spirited
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To: David M. Brooks
Indeed, the money quote: When Julia asked why, Kerry explained that some dinner guests he had invited didn’t approve of the help eating with the family.

Could you for one minute imagine this happening in the Bush household?

22 posted on 10/14/2004 2:01:14 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Kerry: I wholeheartedly disagree with you beyond expression)
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To: T. Buzzard Trueblood

What a test of character (or lack of it): what you say when you think that no one else can see or hear you.


23 posted on 10/14/2004 2:02:23 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again)
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To: David M. Brooks

Remember the story about Gore, when his family was traveling by car with their Nanny, and went in to eat and left the Nanny in the car.


24 posted on 10/14/2004 2:04:53 PM PDT by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: KC_Conspirator
This story is in Reckless Disregard: How Liberal Democrats Undercut Our Military, Endanger Our Soldiers, and Jeopardize Our Security, by Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson, 98-99, from Air Force Capt. Hal Cranmer, the person Kerry made the remark to.
25 posted on 10/14/2004 2:06:26 PM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Congressman Billybob

BUMP for your consideration.


26 posted on 10/14/2004 2:13:10 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again)
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To: Hatteras
But Algore would have snuck out some table scraps...

Algore would have remembered when some of his long ago relatives were also hired help...And he would have said, "But they were good people, even though they had to work for a living".

27 posted on 10/14/2004 2:14:36 PM PDT by Osage Orange ( What do you call a first-time offender in Saudi Arabia? Lefty!)
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To: David M. Brooks

Kerry-Edwards:It's their country, the rest of us just work here


28 posted on 10/14/2004 2:16:06 PM PDT by Darkwolf377
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To: David M. Brooks
My Mother has interesting a Kerry story:

About 5 years ago, she and a small group of friends were skiing at Loon Mountain in N.H. down a trail called "Upper Walking Boss" when they came upon a group of four people, two men and two women. A young woman in the group had seriously hurt a leg, was extreme pain and they requested a sled be sent down.

My mother and her friends recognized that John Kerry was one of the two Men and that he obviously was involved with the injured woman some how. Kerry, seeing that he'd been recognized, said to his friend "I can't be seen here" and then skied away.

29 posted on 10/14/2004 2:18:39 PM PDT by skikvt
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The best thing about Kerry's "ways" is that he came from a branch of the family that didn't have money. Imagine the burning that caused within him throughout his youth and early adult years, surrounded by the luxury of his relatives and only getting to enjoy it by their largess. It explains a lot about his character, attitudes and life choices.


30 posted on 10/14/2004 2:32:13 PM PDT by vollmond
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To: David M. Brooks
"No one works as hard for his money than the man who marries it."
-- Irish proverb
31 posted on 10/14/2004 2:40:18 PM PDT by quark
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To: vollmond
I think that family dynamics play a role, too. The loss of self-worth engendered by his mother's abandonment---her sending him off to boarding school at age 11----probably accounts for his persistent superiority complex in adulthood.
32 posted on 10/14/2004 2:43:14 PM PDT by newsworthy
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To: bootless
Nothing to consider. This is typical of the social-climbing snot that I met so long ago.

Congressman Billybob

Latest column, "America Fails the 'Global Test' "

If you haven't already joined the anti-CFR effort, please click here.

33 posted on 10/14/2004 2:46:30 PM PDT by Congressman Billybob (Visit: www.ArmorforCongress.com please.)
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To: Congressman Billybob

Yep. It looks right in line with everything you've written.


34 posted on 10/14/2004 2:48:40 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again)
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To: David M. Brooks

Between wives, Kerry, chartered a sailboat in the Caribbean for a week for himself, his date and another couple.

It is custom and the charter service explains that the crew gets tipped at the end of the week.

At the end of the week, Kerry walked off the vessle, stiffing the captain and crew.


35 posted on 10/14/2004 2:52:18 PM PDT by Beckwith (John Kerry, sign the Form 180 - petition at http://www.SignForm180.com)
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To: David M. Brooks

Well I guess they know who Kerry is....an elitist pig.

Good article.


36 posted on 10/14/2004 2:56:57 PM PDT by TheSpottedOwl ("In the Kingdom of the Deluded, the Most Outrageous Liar is King".)
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To: Tacis

Hi Tacis,
This is my first posting on Freerepublic. My sister Jane told me my column was posted on the site. This is exciting for someone living in Lovell, Maine, population 998.

I think Kerry went to Boston College Law School because it's kind of an "Irish Harvard." Kerry is astute enough to know that it helps to be perceived as Irish to get ahead in politics in the Bay State. He was just coming off a loss in the 5th district after everyone thought he was a shoe-in. The primary was thought to be the big contest back then. He won that in June and was cruising, only to be beaten in November by a Nixon Republican from nowhere. He had to re-group and pay his dues. That's why he did the Assistant DA thing with John Droney the DA, an old Irish Pol. He attended the St. Patrick's Day Breakfasts on Southie and tried to tell jokes. He ran for Lieutenant Governor, etc. Now he's in our faces every day. I sure hope he loses, because I won't be able to stand looking at him for four years.

Hope this helps.

Tom


37 posted on 10/14/2004 3:51:12 PM PDT by tommclaughlin
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To: tommclaughlin

Hi Tom,

Thanks for writing this, and a warm welcome to FreeRepublic.

(from a former Dem as well - but no more!)


38 posted on 10/14/2004 4:08:20 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again)
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To: bootless

Thank you bootless. It's nice to be here.


39 posted on 10/14/2004 6:37:13 PM PDT by tommclaughlin
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To: David M. Brooks
Thanks for sharing that. I think his arrogance comes across clearly in all 3 debates. The comment about those earning more than $200,000 was a look down your nose one. In this last debate answering that last question he showed absolute arrogance by mentioning his wife's money, but not his wife. When he speaks he is speaking to elitists, I don't see how any average Joe's see anything in this man.
40 posted on 10/14/2004 6:44:15 PM PDT by Sparky760 (The sleeping Giant has been awakened)
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To: Bahbah

My first thought was the African QUeen fits right in with his elitist attitude....IMOShe would have never allowed the "baby sitter" to mingle in the first place.

Thanks for the ping.


41 posted on 10/14/2004 7:48:59 PM PDT by hoosiermama (Pray without ceasing for our President and our nation.)
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To: tommclaughlin

I grew up in Connecticut, and know quite a few people from Mass. I passed your story on to my 12 y/o son, and *he* was horrified! Thanks again for being here.

best...


42 posted on 10/14/2004 9:13:41 PM PDT by bootless (Never Forget - And Never Again)
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To: Verginius Rufus

You are kidding me. I read Patterson's first book.


43 posted on 10/15/2004 6:34:09 AM PDT by KC_Conspirator (I am poster #48)
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To: dead

Good one! Can I steal it for my tag line?


44 posted on 10/15/2004 7:02:55 AM PDT by Carolinamom (This space reserved for GWB to sit beside me.)
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To: KC_Conspirator
The story is in there--I have the book in front of me.

Patterson continues with more of what Cranmer told him about that trip--he was flying Kerry and some of Kerry's staff to places in Cambodia and Vietnam during the POW/MIA discussions. Right after the "I never sail on anything less than 135 feet" comment, he says:

Their first stop was Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where Kerry's party was to have lunch with members of the Cambodian government. The crew, meanwhile, had brought along a pizza, purchased at the Kadena Air Base exchange, and stowed it on board for their only meal of what was to be a very long day. Amazingly, without asking, Kerry grabbed the pizza and started passing it around to his party, while the pilots flew their aircraft.

45 posted on 10/15/2004 8:13:21 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: Verginius Rufus; KC_Conspirator

Never heard of that story. I'll pass it along. What a prick.


46 posted on 10/16/2004 1:09:47 AM PDT by endthematrix (Bad news is good news for the Kerry campaign!)
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To: skikvt

Did you ever find out who the woman was?


47 posted on 10/16/2004 1:15:06 AM PDT by sweetiepiezer (We have to stop Kerry for our grandkids sake!!!!!!!! GO W)
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To: Verginius Rufus
It's to bad that a 527 didn't pick up this aspect of his personality and go with it. I think after the Cheney fiasco and his muffing the "strong woman" question, making sure to rub the Democrat party's nose in the overwhelming sense of entitlement by shown by Kerry/Edwards. If they want to play who's richer the Dems current party would win hands down. Reminding America that John Kerry thinks of them as the "little people", would just continue to pound nails into the coffin. Class warfare, bring it on, John Kerry shows more everyday that he thinks he's special and you're not.
48 posted on 10/16/2004 1:17:41 AM PDT by MKM1960
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To: AFPhys; prairiebreeze; onyx; Texasforever; CyberAnt; BigSkyFreeper; Tamsey; mrs tiggywinkle; ...
Unaware that she was on a nearby porch and within earshot, Kerry was telling Julia that he didn’t want Jane to eat dinner with the family that evening. When Julia asked why, Kerry explained that some dinner guests he had invited didn’t approve of the help eating with the family

I can just picture him saying this with his snob tone of voice

49 posted on 10/16/2004 1:18:45 AM PDT by Mo1 (Terri Kerry's remedy for arthritis - soak white raisins in gin for 2 weeks)
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To: stockpirate

I agree. He didn't want her to eat with the family before he did. Do you think this is when the flip flopping began?


50 posted on 10/16/2004 1:27:12 AM PDT by spotbust1 (Gun control is when you use both hands.)
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