"Four More Years of 'Hell'"


Teresa Heinz Kerry continues to delight. The latest, via Yahoo! News:

Teresa Heinz Kerry, the outspoken wife of Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry pulled no punches on Monday in telling a rally what she thought of the Bush administration—hell….

When a Bush supporter with a bullhorn shouted "four more years" from the back of a large crowd packed into a downtown Milwaukee park, Heinz Kerry, who was introducing her husband, responded: "They want four more years of hell."

"Three more months!," she declared, referring to the Nov. 2 presidential election….

"She speaks her mind and she speaks the truth and she's pretty quick on her feet too," the Massachusetts senator said when he took the microphone in Milwaukee.

"That's why America is going to embrace her and she'll make a spectacular first lady of the United States of America."

Whole story here.

I'm no fan of First Spouses (whether male or female), which are redolent of consorts in monarchies. But if political partners are going to be used as props in campaigns (and they are), they might as well be entertaining. And THK, despite a rotten performance at the Democratic National Convention, can still bring the house down. Yes, she is "spectacular," in that she causes a spectacle on a regular basis.

Is she, as Andrew Sullivan has it, "an offical liability"? Maybe. And maybe that's why she's fun to watch.