Wednesday, March 09, 2005
She could've been a goldmine: Teresa Heinz Kerry was in the Pacific Northwest at a fund-raiser for Democrat Rep. Adam Smith. She opened her mouth, and her brain fell out.
A practicing Catholic, as is her husband, Heinz Kerry remains outraged at attacks by bishops on her husband's pro-choice views.
"You cannot have bishops in the pulpit -- long before or the Sunday before the election -- as they did in Catholic churches, saying it was a mortal sin to vote for John Kerry," she said.
Heinz Kerry gave no examples.
She gave no examples -- because there wasn't a single Catholic priest in the world that said voting for her husband would put one's soul in danger of eternal damnation.
The article, written by a columnist, continued:
Last year, a few ultraconservative prelates said they would not allow the Democratic nominee to receive communion in their dioceses. The bishop of Colorado Springs declared that Catholics voting for pro-choice candidates were not welcome at the communion rail.
"The church has a right and obligation to teach values," Heinz Kerry declared. "They don't have a right to restrict freedom of expression, which they did."
Ultraconservative? Not just conservative, but "ultraconservative" -- oohhhhh, scary. As I noted before, this is a columnist, so such a characterization is allowed, but it gives you a hint of where the guy is coming from.
Back to Ms. Heinz-Kerry. Someone explain to me how criticizing her husband's stance on abortion restricts freedom of expression?
No, explanation, huh?
Heinz Kerry's craziness continues.
Heinz Kerry is openly skeptical about results from November's election, particularly in sections of the country where optical scanners were used to record votes.
"Two brothers own 80 percent of the machines used in the United States," Heinz Kerry said. She identified both as "hard-right" Republicans. She argued that it is "very easy to hack into the mother machines."
"We in the United States are not a banana republic," added Heinz Kerry. She argued that Democrats should insist on "accountability and transparency" in how votes are tabulated.
"I fear for '06," she said. "I don't trust it the way it is right now."
It's "very easy to hack into the mother machines"? Heinz Kerry has watched "War Games" too many times. The mother machines aren't "hackable" in the commonly used sense of the word. They're not plugged into the Internet. They're not plugged into phone lines. Any "hacking" of the machines that might occur would have to occur on-site -- probably by voting officials.
Possible cheating is a concern for every American, but in recent years, voters would have been better advised to watch out for Democrat election officials than Republican voting machine makers. [See John Fund, "Stealing Elections"]
If you think Hillary Clinton's concerns about the "vast right wing conspiracy" were good for a laugh, just imagine the comedy that Heinz Kerry would've been able to provide us on an almost daily basis.