October 31, 2004

Buddenbrooks Dynamics -- Teresa's Son

A story here quotes the offspring of Heinz and Teresa (now Kerry)'s snotty observations about the campaign:
"October 31, 2004 -- THIS campaign is ending just in time before someone gets hurt. John Kerry's stepson, Chris Heinz, 31, displayed his mother Teresa's famous lack of rhetorical restraint at a recent campaign event with a group of Wharton students. Philadelphia magazine reports: 'Heinz accused Kerry's opponents - 'our enemies' - of making the race dirty. 'We didn't start out with negative ads calling George Bush a cokehead,' he said, before adding, 'I'll do it now.' Asked later about it, Heinz said, 'I have no evidence. He never sold me anything.'' Heinz also reminded writer Sasha Issenberg of Pat Buchanan by saying, 'One of the things I've noticed is the Israel lobby - the treatment of Israel as the 51st state, sort of a swing state.' Buchanan was blasted as an anti-Semite years ago when he cited Israel's 'amen corner' in Congress."

it seems these people think that money immunizes them from having any common sense, let alone political horse sense.

The Buddenbrooks in the title refers to a novel by Thomas Mann about a successful family in which each generation shows a decline from the pinnacle of success and status. It's a common pattern -- an inheritance can ruin children easily, and especially if you send them to Ivy League colleges, they will very likely lose interest in whatever made the family successful in the first place. It may just be regression to the mean, but this Chris Heinz appears to be a callow creep who lacks the sense and political discipline to keep his callowness to himself until the election is over.

Our Israel policy deserves to be debated, but it's hard to do that without anti-Jewish (as opposed to U.S. national interest) motives, or accusations of anti-Semitism (or in the case of Jewish critics, "self-hating") poisoning the discussion.

John Kerry, sincerely or otherwise, has signalled that he doesn't want to open up this issue, and has instead tried to eliminate all daylight between himself and Bush on the matter. If his stepson is a campaign spokesman, he should have followed the party line or kept his mouth shut.

Hat tip to INDC Journal.

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