And of course, Kerry does other “regular guy” stuff like pheasant shooting, speeding around in a $200,000 cigarette boat, or on a $2,500 racing bike, or a $10,000 motorcycle, or wind or kite surfing. That was what Kerry planned to do on Saturday in Oregon on the Columbia River Gorge. But low winds and a vacation schedule in Idaho threw those plans off. But not to worry. Kerry intends to fly back to Oregon on Monday for his windsurfing expedition.
The cost? Kerry told reporters on the plane that any shlub would pay the $250 air fare to travel from one state to another to windsurf. Never mind that Kerry’s trip will probably run around $50,000, not counting the costs to the American taxpayer for security and preparations by the U.S. Forest Service. Kerry seemed to realize what he was telling reporters, because he quickly added, “Look, the guys who do this [i.e., windsurf or hunt pheasant] are local guys, like plumbers, construction workers.”
Aides aboard the plane immediately sensed a gaffe coming and eased in around Kerry as if to remind him that he might be stepping into touchy territory. Although no cameras were running, print reporters were taking notes from the on-the-record conversation.
“With this kind of stuff, we’re in a no win situation,” says a Kerry staffer. “Every candidate, especially a Democrat, feels the need to pass the ‘guy’ test. We have him throw a football around, or play softball. The hitch with our guy is that he likes to do stuff that most blue collar guys just don’t do. He really thinks windsurfing is a regular Joe kind of thing. He thinks pheasant hunting is a regular joe kind of thing. Cheney pheasant hunts with Supreme Court justices who are considering a case involving him — is that what ‘normal’ people do?”
According to another Kerry staffer, advisers sought to tweak Kerry’s schedule so that he wouldn’t be able to go back to Oregon. But Kerry insisted, saying that if he only gets to do one or two fun things in the coming months, this is one he wants to do.p> ANCHORS IN THE TANK br> Any evidence to the lengths the mainstream media will go to help Democrats was on exhibition in Albuquerque last week. There, at the Border Governors’ conference, three local TV news readers made speeches in which they touted Gov. Bill Richardson
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