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July 29, 2004

"Stupid" in Four Languages

Estupido addresses a gathering of Pennsylvanians and tells them, "We need to turn back some of the creeping, un-Pennsylvanian and sometimes un-American traits that are coming into some of our politics."

Colin McNickle, a reporter from the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, asks Stupide what she meant by the term "un-American". In a brilliant riposte which totally ignores the fact that her speech and the current interview are being recorded, Stupido replies, "I didn't say that." McNickle, perhaps astonished by such a pitiful and obvious lie, rephrases the question a few more times, only to receive the same answer. Estupido takes a moment to confer with The Wizard, played in this piece by Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell. Rendell is unable to offer Estupido a brain, and when she returns to McNickle moments later, she repeats her lie, and tells him to "shove it."

(Quick aside: Calling someone or something "un-American" is inflammatory. Ever since old Joe McCarthy's time, when you toss around the phrase "un-American", them's fightin' words. If you're going to use the term for political gain, you should be prepared to defend it, or at least have the spine to admit you said it.)

The dominant media decides that something newsworthy happened here. It isn't Teresa Heinz Kerry lying for political gain. It's Teresa Heinz Kerry telling some non-entity reporter to "shove it."

The candidate himself is asked to weigh in, not on the prevarication in the name of his candidacy, but on the "shove it" issue. "I think my wife speaks her mind appropriately," he dodges.

Hillary Rodham Clinton, who slept her way to the top at least one man quicker than Heinz Kerry, leapt to her defense. "A lot of Americans are going to say, `Good for you, you go, girl,' and that's certainly how I feel about it."

And that's it.

The combined efforts of two truly accomplished liars and a media willing to obfuscate the real issue are enough to make a story go away.

Don't worry about Estupido, though. She'll be back. Certainement. Certamente. For sure.

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Comments

In her defense, I don't think Heinz really slept her way to the top.......I think Kerry did. That chick is phat-ass loaded!!!

Posted by: Woundwort at July 29, 2004 11:19 AM

> In her defense, I don't think Heinz really slept her way to the top.......I think Kerry did. That chick is phat-ass loaded!!!

Her money and the name Heinz came from her first husband. (He, a repub senator, died in a helicopter crash, supposedly a couple of days before she met Kerry.)

Posted by: Andy Freeman at July 29, 2004 11:43 AM

I realize the name and money came from somewhere else, but it is ALL her's now. Smooth move by Kerry.

Posted by: Woundwort at July 29, 2004 01:59 PM

Guys, Colin McNickle is NOT a reporter. He's editorial-page editor of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, the paper owned by Richard Mellon Scaife. If you were on Usenet 10 years ago, you might recall all these posts to the journalism and politics newsgroups regarding Mena, Arkansas, and all the people Bill Clinton had killed there and whatnot. They came from the Tribune-Review. More recently, the paper has been publishing what appear to be at least misleading, if not downright false, information about some of HK's foundations. So even though I've been a Republican for 26 years, I'm giving her a pass on this one; arguably, she was provoked.

Posted by: Lex at July 29, 2004 02:38 PM

Hmmm.

"provoked"?

She was provoked into saying "un-American" and then provoked into denying it repeatedly and then provoked into tracking down this reporter and then finally provoked into denying it again and finally telling the reporter to "shove it"?

I can understand the provoked part of "shove it". Perhaps she's lived in an echo chamber for the past couple decades where nobody has dared to challenge her on anything. But she spoke of "un-American" while giving a *speech*. How could she have been provoked then?

Here's something. THK has made any number of politically damaging statements in the last year. It's only the liberal media that's kept her from being an anchor around Kerry's neck. Anyone remember her stating "stupid Americans"?

Just wait. She'll come out with even more crap.

Posted by: ed at July 30, 2004 08:33 AM

Note that McNickle wasn't anywhere around when the first African-American potential First Lady talked about "un-American" activities by her husband's political opponents.

McNickle was told to shove it when he asked her to explain what she meant.

Her initial response was to deny having said it.

If you can't stand the heat....

Posted by: Andy Freeman at July 30, 2004 10:29 AM
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