We're happy to meet your political beach-reading needs with a preview of magazine exclusives out this week. First up, "A Beer With John Kerry," from the new GQ, in which the Democratic presidential nominee talks about the film actresses who float his boat:
"I think Charlize Theron is pretty extraordinary," he gushes. He's also fond of Catherine Zeta-Jones and Marilyn Monroe. Meanwhile, he says nice things about both George Bushes: "I like Junior, but I like the senior Bush enormously."
Gavin Newsom and Kimberly Guilfoyle, the "new Kennedys," according to Harper's Bazaar.
(Dewey Nicks, Harper's Bazaar - AP)
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Reflecting on his years as a divorced senator, Kerry is somber. "Those were not good days," he says. "I think if you ask anyone, Bob Kerrey, or anyone who's been single on Capitol Hill, you'll find it's no fun. . . . That's not a good world, and everyone wants a piece of you, and all I can say is thank God I found Teresa."
His advice on what to seek in a woman? "Look for what gets your heart. Someone who excites you, turns you on. . . . It's a woman who loves being a woman. Who wears her womanhood. Who knows how to flirt and have fun. Smart. Confident. . . . And obviously sexy and saucy and challenging."
Someone just like Teresa Heinz Kerry, we think. And here's the saucy lady herself in the new Reader's Digest, talking about hubby's virtues while cautioning: "I think nobody is truly qualified to be President of the United States. I mean, are you qualified to run the world . . . not run it, but have that influence? No, nobody is."
Heinz Kerry on the media: "I'm sure there will be stories that I've given birth to children from Mars. . . . You know, there are a lot of bored people out there."
Indeed. Which brings us to the latest installment of Gavin Newsom-mania. Harper's Bazaar dubs the San Francisco mayor and his wife, television legal analyst Kimberly Guilfoyle Newsom, "The New Kennedys." They represent "one of the most glamorous political unions since Jack and Jackie," claims the fashion mag, "extravagantly blessed with brains, drive, charm, humor and dedication to public service." One photo evokes a Calvin Klein Obsession ad, showing the couple lolling on the carpet in a mansion owned by philanthropist Ann Getty. In the interview, Gavin is revealed to be his wife's biggest booster, and vice versa:
"Do I think he could be president of the United States? Absolutely," says the missus. "I'd gladly vote for him." Stop the presses!
The Usual Suspects
An occasional feature revealing the secret lives of oft-quoted experts.
Occupation: Crisis management expert and author of four books, including a new political thriller, "Shakedown Beach," featuring a New Jersey governor who has an affair.
Born: Sept. 9, 1962, in Camden, N.J. Grew up on Saratoga Drive.
Marital status: Married for 17 years; two children.
Childhood pet: Tiger -- part bloodhound, part beagle. "He was never fully trained to go outside. If he went on the carpet, we just ranted at him: 'What are you, stupid?' "