I must admit to being rather bemused by the John Kerry SUV flap. He’s been charged with hypocrisy for campaigning on higher fuel efficiency standards while owning a Chevy Suburban SUV. He denies owning it saying it’s a “family” vehicle. The family? His wife Teresa (Tuh-RAY-suh).
Frankly, I don’t care what kind of car he drives. Or his wife drives. I don’t even think it’s that big a deal that they own a big gas guzzling SUV despite wanting to mandate lower fuel economy. For that matter, I suspect his Chrysler 300M doesn’t get substantially better mileage than the Suburban. But what is he thinking? Is he channeling Al Gore or something, equivocating on an incredibly minor issue?
Update: Betsy Newmark hits the nail on the head:
I wonder if ordinary married couples can relate to John Kerry saying that he doesn’t own an SUV, but then having to acknowledge that his wife does. If you were to count up the cars you owned, would you count your spouse’s car? But then, we file jointly, so what do we know?