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Dissing on Teresa

Reported by Judy - July 28, 2004 -

They must have gotten a memo from the top -- one that says forget about Hillary, Teresa Heinz Kerry is the devil in female incarnation. How else to explain the message on Fox and Friends today (July 28) that people should not vote for John Kerry because of his wife?

In a segment beginning at 8:04 a.m. EDT, co-hosts E.D. Hill, Brian Kilmeade, and Steve Doocy cast aspersions on Heinz Kerry, calling her "a wild card" and noting that she spoke in five different languages. (Obviously, anyone who speaks anything besides English cannot be trusted.)

Hill said, "The more she talks, the less impressed I am." She added that, "She's coming across to me as a little mean," presumably for telling a reporter/editor from a Richard Mellon Scaife publication to "shove it" for asking her about her alleged use of the phrase "un-American activities." (Heinz Kerry says she used the term "un-American traits," and objected to his imputing the term "un-American activities" to her because of its McCarthy-ite connotations.)

While the other co-hosts suggested people might not vote for a president based on whether they like the candidate's spouse, Hill insisted, "When we do cast that vote, we do look at the first lady" because we know how influential a spouse can be on a president.

The implication was that Heinz Kerry would not exert a good influence because she is: (a) a "wildcard;" (b) speaks foreign languages so obviously isn't a true American; and (c) is "a little mean."

Beating up on first ladies (or potential ones) has been going on since at least Eleanor Roosevelt. It's getting old, but it never seems to go out of style among Republicans who think women belong at home.