I hear the accent of Kennedy envy in the tape of John Kerry’s labored 1971 Senate Foreign Relations Committee testimony defaming all those serving in Vietnam. Howie Carr observes Kennedy envy in Kerry’s voting record, personal life, and even in Tuesday’s victory speech:
The most interesting bit of Kerry’s victory speech Tuesday night in Milwaukee came right at the end, when he veered off his prepared text and began talking about his ketchup-heiress spouse: “I’m getting to be the guy who accompanies Teresa around the United States of America,” he said, “which is just fine by me.” Standard gigolo flattery, perhaps. But it was also almost a direct lift of a once-famous quip by JFK in France on June 2, 1961: “I am the man who accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris, and I have enjoyed it.” Kerry didn’t acknowledge the steal, just as he never credits Edwards or Howard Dean for material he’s appropriated from their stump speeches. Perhaps he didn’t even realize what he was doing.