Skip to comments.Kerry and my sister
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 havent 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 districts 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 Kerrys 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 Im sure even my father would have resigned if he had lived to see whats 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 mothers house in Lovell when Jane told a Kerry story I hadnt 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 didnt want Jane to eat dinner with the family that evening. When Julia asked why, Kerry explained that some dinner guests he had invited didnt 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. Shes fully as much of a spitfire now as she was at 15 when the incident occurred, and it had been years since Id seen that I angry look only she can display. She has a way of pursing her lips and knitting her brow when shes mad that is unique to her and I had to laugh. It wasnt funny, she saidagain 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 Kerrycourageous man of the people, I said.
Thats 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 leftthe 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
David, I wonder how Teresa would have responded to the same request.
Terayzaa, would have made her eat out back with the dogs.
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.
Just further confirmation of my instinctive Southern Lady radar . . . Kerry is a pig.
David you have confirmed what I believe about this man - and I don't even know him. He is, perhaps, transparent?
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.
Thanks for posting -- Howie Carr read it on his show, but I missed the beginning.
But Algore would have snuck out some table scraps...
Great post. It speaks volumes about who Kerry really is.
Despicable elitist traitor.
That is Kerry.
Just trash with cash.
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?
David, you have confirmed what I believe about this man
and I don't even know him. He is, perhaps, tranparent?
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.
It's not as if we didn't know, but....
Sounds Verry Kerry.
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.
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 wouldnt be acceptable at the same table with their vaunted party select because class standards have to be observed.
Its not hard to wonder whether that perception has also made inroads into GOP thinking.
Could you for one minute imagine this happening in the Bush household?
What a test of character (or lack of it): what you say when you think that no one else can see or hear you.
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.
BUMP for your consideration.
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".
Kerry-Edwards:It's their country, the rest of us just work here
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.
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.
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Yep. It looks right in line with everything you've written.
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.
Well I guess they know who Kerry is....an elitist pig.
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.
Thanks for writing this, and a warm welcome to FreeRepublic.
(from a former Dem as well - but no more!)
Thank you bootless. It's nice to be here.
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.
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.
You are kidding me. I read Patterson's first book.
Good one! Can I steal it for my tag line?
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.
Never heard of that story. I'll pass it along. What a prick.
Did you ever find out who the woman was?
I can just picture him saying this with his snob tone of voice
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?