I’m sure you’ve heard all about it. Teresa Heinz Kerry, shortly after giving a speech urging a return to civility in American politics, told a reporter from a conservative newspaper to “shove it”:
“We need to turn back some of the creeping, un-Pennsylvanian and sometimes un-American traits that are coming into some of our politics,” she told her fellow Pennsylvanians at a Sunday night reception at the Massachusetts Statehouse.
Minutes later, Colin McNickle, the editorial page editor of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, questioned her on exactly what she meant by the term “un-American,” according to a tape of the encounter recorded by WTAE Channel 4 Action News.
Heinz Kerry said “I didn’t say that” several times to McNickle. She then turned to confer with Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and others. When she faced McNickle again a short time later, he continued to question her, and she replied, “You said something I didn’t say. Now shove it.”
According to the video clip on the site, Hillary Clinton approves.
I think a lot of Americans are going to say, ‘Good for you! You go girl!’ And that certainly is how I feel about it.
Now, if I had said last week that a prominent figure in the Kerry campaign would tell a reporter to “shove it” and that Hillary Clinton would publicly support the move, you would have said I was a Right-Wing loon. I might have been, and I might still be. But I would have been right.
Please explain to me how this is just a bunch of hot air stirred up by Republicans.
UPDATE: The NY Times isn’t even sure that she said “un-American”. That makes them and Teresa.