Our Fishbowl sister in NY is on top of this month’s GQ article about John Kerry written by local boy Michael Crowley, who hangs his hat at the New Republic. The piece does not paint a flattering picture of Kerry and essentially explains why most Democrats wish that Kerry would simply go away.
More interesting — at least from our perspective — is the bickering that has occurred as a result of the piece.
Kerry spokesman David Wade emailed Lloyd Grove at New York Daily News and had this to say about Crowley and GQ:
“As a GQ fashionista would say, the magazine’s political coverage has the longevity of the Soul Patch and the sophistication of The Mullet. I won’t lose sleep over the inside-the-beltway musings of a reporter too young to shave and the Chardonnay-drinking pals he met on the cocktail party circuit.”
Crowley, who pointed out that he’s 33 while Wade is only 30, retorted: “David Wade should show more respect for his elders. A juvenile response like that is what you get from someone without a real defense. And, by the way, maybe if John Kerry understood fashion better, he wouldn’t have gone on those windsurfing outings, which made his own staff cringe.”
Oh, it’s on.
But, slow down, Wade: You move too fast. It turns out that Kerry voted for the magazine before his spokesman voted against it. The New York Observer flags this:
“In the September 2004 issue of GQ, Senator John Kerry sits down with the magazine’s deputy editor Michael Hainey, who bellies up to the bar with the contender and dares him to show some personality. Kerry reveals his favorite sports heroes and actresses, his greatest athletic moment, and gives advice on what to look for in a woman. In the interview, ‘A Beer with John Kerry,’ Kerry says he loves GQ and always has it around the house.” – Unsigned Press Release, August. 16, 2004.