Teresa Heinz Kerry's Blast From the Past
As the Democrats in Boston share the love, conservatives are licking their chops over Democrat-bashing statements (and curses) from Teresa Heinz Kerry published yesterday in the Boston Herald, even though they come from a book published in 1975, "The Power Lovers: An Intimate Look at Politics and Marriage" by Myra MacPherson, formerly of The Post. The book quotes the then-wife of Republican Rep. John Heinz as saying, "The Democratic machine in this country is putrid." And, describing "couples who stay together only for politics," she opines: "If Ted Kennedy holds on to that marriage just for the Catholic vote, as some people say he does, then I think he's a perfect bastard."
In the Boston Herald, the Kennedy camp called that "a 30-year-old quote dug up by the Republican attack machine made long before they became friends." And Marla Romash, a senior adviser to Heinz Kerry, told us last night, "Ginning up quotes from 30 years ago might be fun sport, but it has little relevance to today's campaign."
Or has it? There's also this prescient passage in the book, given the flap over Heinz Kerry's "shove it" remark to a Pittsburgh newspaper editor who raised her ire earlier this week:
"I couldn't put up with the bull[expletive]," she told MacPherson of why she'd never run for office herself. "Or those stories written about politicians, not based on fact, but innuendos. That would destroy me, the kind of person I am. I get so angry, and I am emotional. I savor too many things, even the time to do nothing, to successfully play that role or to be ensnared by it. There are too many things essential to my being me. I was myself a long time before I was Mrs. John J. Heinz, and I like being myself. Fortunately, John understands and admires me for what I am. But to be a politician? I'd go loony. There are so many bull[expletive] and, well -- I know what price I had to pay just to be the minor public figure that I am."
What's the old saying? Know thyself.
We asked Republican National Committee spokeswoman Christine Iverson if the GOP had anything to do with the resurfacing of the book. "Anything that appears anywhere in print that is unflattering to the Democrats, the Democrats blame on the mysterious Republican attack machine," she replied. "If we took credit for everything the Democrats credited us for, we would never sleep."
* Drink we must: Peter Cressy, head of the Distilled Spirits Council of the United States, surveyed the thirsty mob in Boston's Anthem restaurant Monday night and declared, "We're the two groups that are the essence of any convention." He meant the booze sellers and the media. But pols and pundits were also welcome at the event, which promoted top-shelf libations (naturally) with co-sponsorship of the New Republic, the Economist and Roll Call.
"They're going to have 30-year-old Scotch here," said Norm Ornstein, the always-quotable think tanker, as he awaited security-wanding. "That stuff is fantastic."
It was billed as a salute to Senate Minority Leader Tom Daschle, but really, any old excuse would do. "Good party, good location, free booze -- what else do you want?" said National Journal publisher John Fox Sullivan. Not much.
* In other party news, Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano was eagerly promoting a tribute to Native Americans last night, telling delegates they shouldn't miss the hot swing jazz band Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and could celebrate as late as "2-ish." She'd never heard the group herself, she told us, but added very precisely, "I've been told by people whose opinions I respect that they are awesome!"
* And that was DNC Chairman Terry McAuliffe movin' and groovin' Monday night with D.C. Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton at a DC Voting Rights protest along the banks of the Charles River that could have been confused for an open-air house party. The folks around Boston Harbor saw Norton and McAuliffe dancing to the go-go sounds of E.U., including their hit "Da Butt."
Move Over, Hillary: Omarosa Unveils Her Health Care Platform
* A few years ago Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth was a mere cog in the Clinton administration, but this week in Boston, she's considered a VIP. With promotion courtesy of reality TV, the villainess from Donald Trump's hit show "The Apprentice" has her own entourage and security at the Democratic National Convention.
"We were going to receptions in Beverly Hills, and now we are going to receptions in Boston's Back Bay," she boasted to The Post's Hamil R. Harris. But back to politics: "There are four things important in this election," Ms. O declared: "Securing the homeland, the economy, health care and education. My mother stays with me, and I realize the importance of health care for all Americans. When you have to pay $75 for a medical prescription, you know we have to do something."
It may sound like it, but she's not running for office. "I am launching a clothing line. Look for me at the Congressional Black Caucus fashion show" in September. And that month, she promised, "you will see me on NBC in a prime-time spot." No details, but we just can't wait.
With Anne Schroeder