Monday, November 26, 2007

Elizabeth Kucinich...

...looks like a movie star. Yeah, I was surprised, too. Dennis, dude, you've been holding out on us.

The official Dennis Kucinich 4 President website links to an article sweetly titled How Kucinich Found Love:

Elizabeth's mother [Julia Massey] was a bit concerned about her daughter's plan. An American politician? In England, people mostly hear about America's conservative political figures. She couldn't imagine Elizabeth with such a man.

"But then I went to Dennis's Web site and I realized he was so much like Elizabeth," Massey says. "It just seemed heaven-sent."

She, too, found the age difference - Elizabeth's 27 years to Dennis's 58 - insignificant. "This is about a meeting of souls."

Of course, the age difference has garnered them attention.

"People who see us together understand - they see our connection," Elizabeth says. "And it's not like I'm some ditsy young thing and he's an old fogey. He has the wisdom of an ancient and the energy of youth."

Dennis says, "I've never seen myself as time-bound. When you make a connection on a soul level, age is not important."

As for having a family - Elizabeth says she would like children some day - Dennis says, "There's no problem there."
Maybe it's my age, but I seem to remember that as a young women, I similarly hooted when people would justify their attractions to young, beautiful, famous and/or affluent people with stuff like "We're on the same wavelength," or "We're soul-mates," or some other nonsense. Yes, of course you are, and this person just happens to be half your age, rich and/or drop-dead gorgeous.

My question: Why aren't the old, unattractive and/or poor people ever soul-mate material?

I admit, I was shocked that Dennis, regarded as the mousy nebbish of the Democrats, has gotten himself a trophy wife. I know, I'm way behind the curve; this has been under discussion for some time now. For instance, CNN Political Ticker humorously reported back in August, that Dennis managed to bring up the wife's age while discussing veganism, of all things:
Cedar Rapids, IOWA (CNN) – At the Livestrong Forum Monday, Democratic presidential hopeful Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, hit home the message of proper health education and personally shared the benefits he’s experienced since adopting a vegan lifestyle.

“I didn't need as much sleep. I had a lot more energy. I had a lot more clarity. I didn't have the health problems that I had previous to that,” the Ohio congressman said. “And as a result, I had a better quality of life.”

Kucinich added: “People want a president who is healthy because if you’re healthy you can think right.”

The White House hopeful emphasized his commitment to a “full disclosure” health education policy, where Americans are made aware of the nutrition value and health risks of the food they eat.

Referencing the epidemic of American obesity owing to such lack of information, Kucinich pushed for overall “health consciousness” that includes physical fitness, proper nutrition and access to health care.

“There is a direct connection not only between diet and health, but diet and the environment, diet and the economy. And so as president I'm going to be singularly positioned to be able to lead that discussion because I take in my own journey toward health based on my dietary choices,” he said.

While describing a diet free of animal products and an improved quality of life, MSNBC Hardball Host, Chris Matthews, ignited laughter when playfully remarking “And you married a young woman.”

Kucinich joked, “And I did. And my – hello. I mean, I'm 60 years old, I have a – my wife's 29. You draw your own conclusions. Diet helps.”
Draw your own conclusions? Dennis, please.

Karen Heller, in the Philadephia Inquirer, gets to the point:
There are two ways of looking at the field of presidential contenders. On the one hand, there's the novelty of a woman, an African American and a Latino pursuing the White House.

On the other, presumably the left with a sizable rock involved, there are so many trophy wives.

Many candidates traded in their original models for younger, leaner and leggier partners, often producing a second family
of adorable tykes so ideal for photo ops.

I know, a shocking turn of events in Washington.

This does mark progress of some sort.

In the old days, pols rarely married their daughter-aged girlfriends.

That was because they were still wed to their wives, divorce being a greater political liability than adultery.

Fred Thompson's wife, Jeri, is 40, almost a quarter century his junior. Given to plunging necklines and soaring hems, she will never be mistaken for Laura Bush. The couple have two toddlers, making him one of several AARP diaper dads seeking the White House.

Sen. Chris Dodd, 63, who engaged in a 1985 "waitress sandwich" with Ted Kennedy while their dates were in the ladies room, is another. His second wife, Jackie, is a mere 18 years younger.

As is Cindy McCain, the Arizona Republican's second wife of 27 years. Not being one to endure a marital vacancy, McCain began courting his second wife while married to his first.

Dennis Kucinich's third wife, Elizabeth, has late-night pundits, You Tubists and, well, most males salivating. The former "boy mayor" of Cleveland, now 61, has a babe wife less than half his age.

She is car-crackup gorgeous and - for a change from the requisite blondage - a redhead, resembling Julianne Moore, only better and taller.

Should the Ohio Congressman be elected president, Elizabeth Kucinich would become the first first lady with a pierced tongue.
Of course, most political observers think there is no chance Dennis will be elected, especially after admitting that he had seen a UFO (this in reply to a direct question from Tim Russert during the Democratic debate in October). That seemed to finish him off. Nonetheless, the trophy wife issue lingers. Sad to say: I expect a Hollywood actor like Fred Thompson to have a younger wife, but I expect a lot MORE from a progressive candidate like Kucinich. How will menopausal, baby-boomer-aged women (of which I am one) feel about this glut of guys with babe-wives? Are we supposed to ignore what Tom Wolfe memorably dubbed "wife-shucking"? Can we trust a man who ditches his older wife for a younger model?

Does he value older women enough to fight for our rights?

Well, it's time to remind everyone, that one politician never ditched his wife, and right now, his wife is running for president. Let's all just vote for her, as a menopausal-pride thing. :)


Listening to: Howlin' Wolf - I Ain't Superstitious
via FoxyTunes


Octogalore said...

I LOVE THIS. I am so sick of the "soulmate" excuse, a close ally to "she has an old soul" and "it's only a number." Don't older women have old enough souls? And why do the numbers begin to count when the number gets closer to yours?

And Kucinich's claim that he's not shooting blanks notwithstanding, isn't bringing a child into the world when one parent's in his sixties somewhat selfish? Happy Graduation -- buhbye!

Sassywho said...

i'm all for love and however it manifests, and I don't think it's anti-feminist to question choices public figures make. if Elizabeth could accomplish all she wanted on her own, do you think she would still marry Dennis? Whether or not it's altruistic, it's not unusual for women to reach their late 20's and discover that changing the world may not be as likely without a dynamic man 2 steps in front of you.

Donna said...

"Well, it's time to remind everyone, that one politician never ditched his wife"

What about John Edwards? He hasn't traded in for a younger trophy wife either.

Cassandra Says said...

"She has an old soul", but her ass was still in diapers when you were starting to think about setting up a retirement fund.

Oh, I'm sorry, was it rude to point that out?

The comment with the "I can satisfy a young woman, har har" subtext really didn't have the effect he was going for. I mean, hello, overcompensate much? Anyone who's that desperate to prove he still has it does not in fact have it. Nor does trading in your wife for a younger model exactly inspire confidence in your sense of ethics.

Agreed with Donna, BTW - why does everyone keep forgetting about Edwards? I till think he might sweep the primaries and surprise everyone.

CrackerLilo said...

Part of me is very ambivalent. It wouldn't use personal life as a factor, because frankly, all the stuff that makes a great leader (like ambition and charisma) tends to make awful spouses. It says, "I'm not gonna judge them; my wife and I sure get judged enough."

Then there's the part that thinks everyone involved looks soooooo pathetic! It wants me to point out that Elizabeth Kucinich does something difficult: when she stands next to Dennis, he looks even more simian than GWB!

Bryce said...

after she realizes he won't be president - will she go back to England? i mean they've been married like 10 minutes.

Ronnie Ferez said...

10 minutes of fame, that is. not even, euphoria?

DBB said...

I really don't care who politicians fuck (well, so long as it isn't US).

That aside, if he's happy and she's happy, who is anyone else to question their relatoinship?

Daisy said...

Further discussion about this thread is taking place over at Donna 's blog.

cj said...

god i love you hippies.

Ramuel M. Raagas said...

No wonder graded Congressman Kucinich with an "A."
Actually, he does legislatively secure US service-member veteran's benefits.

Anonymous said...

Daisy, I just want you to know what Google refuses to index this blog entry. I have been researching Elizabeth Kucinich for several weeks now, and only by accident did this entry show up, pages and pages deep into a list of Google hits. Google doesn't want the people to read your criticism of this sexist pattern. BTW, Google "Elizabeth Kucinich, World Bank" to see what she's up to now. Oh yes, the one-time populist is now wining and dining at the World Bank. She's a poseur and a total sell-out. Dennis Kucinich is just resume fodder for her.

Anonymous said...

If you want to see how Elizabeth Kucinich truly feels about her sex, if you want to see the type of woman that Elizabeth Kucinich considers her "best friend", by all means have a look at this:

Elizabeth Kucinich's best friend Mariana Tosca is a litiguous censorious bastard, an animal rights extremist and a cult groupie, who has been reported to the police for attempted blackmail, for intimidating and trying to extort money from a blogger in Europe who had the nerve to expose a deceptive advertisement Kucinich's best friend was responsible for. That's the type of woman Elizabeth Kucinich is happy to associate herself with. These power-hungry women will not hesitate for a moment to throw their fellow women under the bus to advance their careers. Elizabeth Kucinich is NOT a feminist, she is just power-hungry like her friend Mariana Tosca, and will happily crush a feminist blogger with less political clout to protect herself from exposure and public scrutiny. said...

This will not work as a matter of fact, that's what I consider.