Private: Politics? Neuroses?

Timothy Noah’s Ten Excuses for Hyping a Sex Rumor. Neat trick, that. Slate gets to mention the brewing Kerry scandal without actually mentioning it. Wonkette is linked and you really should visit her if you want to do any “sociological analysis” on this thing. She puts it all “in context”:

People keep sending us the old Teresa Heinz-Kerry quote about maiming her husband if he commits adultery, so we had to look up the context:

“I used to say to my husband, my late husband, ‘If you ever get something I’ll maim you. Not kill you, just maim you.’ And we’d laugh, laugh, laugh.”

Uhm, OK. Just want to point out that although she says “not kill,” he is her late husband. Ha-ha. Ha. Ha. . .