Every loser in every election can point to one or two things that screwed up their chances at glory. Carter had stagflation, a hostage crisis, and Billy. Mondale pledged to raise taxes on everybody. Dukakis climbed aboard a tank after donning a ponderous helmet with a hammock for a chin strap, making it look like somebody put a khaki wok on the head of a mentally challenged Greek bobblehead doll. George HW Bush had the “read my lips” thing, and left astounded at how many people actually can read lips. Dole was…well…Dole. Gore had Clinton baggage, and then, at one debate, looked as if he’d rear ended a Maybelline truck on the way to the auditorium, and is now this close to having laces on his suit coat. Kerry’s people will point toward his wife.
For Kerry, there were about 25 years worth of reasons he lost, which is referred to as a “senate record.” This will be ignored, since it would require facing the reality that nobody, save for parts of the east, New York, and Oz-like areas of California, thinks Kerry’s positions are correct. It can’t be that he’s just plain wrong, they’ll think…so, naturally, it must be the weirdly confrontational rich chick with the Gabor sister accent.
Those who say Teresa Heinz Kerry cost John Kerry the election are simply being ignorant of the facts: Americans are astute, and first fear the person with the bad ideas. His wife is secondary– A mere condiment, if you will.