- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 23, 2004

The Teresa factor

“Should wives matter in a presidential campaign? Is it trivial to weigh Laura Bush’s gentle, Xanax-like demeanor, her faultless librarian’s poise and sincerity against the imperious sexuality of Teresa Heinz Kerry? We often feel a twinge of guilt over our own fascination with presidential candidates’ wives ….

“But the iconography that candidates’ wives create is important and a serious medium through which a modern candidate can send out his message. …

“Teresa Heinz Kerry’s [Democratic convention] speech, which all but ignored her husband, did more to emasculate him than the opposition ever could. … Listen to what the Republicans are hitting Kerry with: Indecisive. Effete. French. They are all but calling this tall, accomplished war hero gay.

“The charges are sticking because of Teresa Heinz Kerry. Let’s start with ‘Heinz.’ By retaining her dead husband’s name — there is no genteel way to put this — she is publicly, subliminally cuckolding Kerry with the power of another man — a dead Republican man, at that. Add to that the fact that her first husband was (as she is herself now) vastly more wealthy than her second husband. Throw into all of this her penchant for black, a color that no woman wears in the heartland, and you have a recipe for just what Kerry is struggling with now: charges of elitism, unstable family relationships, and an unmanned candidate.”

Naomi Wolf, writing on “Female Trouble,” in the Monday issue of New York

‘Anglosphere’

“I think, along with Winston Churchill and Margaret Thatcher, that the English-speaking countries often act as an informal coalition in world affairs because they share the same political and legal traditions, the Common Law, Magna Carta and the same language. These cultural affinities make cooperation easier. …

“Some critics think that talk of cultural affinity in foreign policy is sentimental nonsense — and so it sometimes is. But the case for the Anglosphere is not that cultural affinity makes you like a particular set of foreigners more, but that you tend to see the world the same way and, hence, to act in concert.”

John O’Sullivan, interviewed in the October/November issue of the American Enterprise

Rock of ages

“I had run from my faith when I left home and ran right into rock ‘n’ roll, which was the worst thing my dad could have ever expected me to do.

“But when you’re called to write, you just write what you feel. At the time I was writing those songs, I didn’t think about or question why the lyrics had religious or spiritual connotations. I just wrote about what I was feeling, what I was struggling with. It did mess with the dynamics of the band. They were mad at me. They’d say, ‘We didn’t want to be in a Christian band!’ They wanted to be in a rock ‘n’ roll band. …

“But I had a [spiritual] calling on my life, from when I was younger, and the way I was raised, and I couldn’t run away from it.

“At the time, we could honestly say we weren’t a Christian band. I was rebellious, kind of running from God, struggling in my faith. It was challenging, but it was a blessing in disguise, because it really allowed our music to go places where normal secular music wasn’t allowed to go.

“I also found out I wasn’t alone in the world. There were a lot of people out there that had the same struggles with their faith.”

Scott Stapp, former lead singer of Creed, interviewed by Lynn Vincent in tomorrow’s issue of World

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