As the Kerry campaign disintegrates into oblivion, the finger pointing in the Democratic ranks has already begun.
The New York Post reports that numbers of notable figures in the 2004 campaign are being roasted by party insiders.
# Alexandra Kerry: The paper said John Kerry's daughter "made a splash at the Cannes Film Festival last spring when she appeared on the red carpet in a see-through dress."
Campaign "insiders snipe that all she did was rack up major expenses. 'She had an entourage of five people with her everywhere she went.' A hairdresser, makeup artist, publicist and two assistants. It ended up costing something like $8,000 a month. And she didn't exactly do anything."
# Sean Puffy Combs: The rap mogul made national headlines with his "Vote or Die" effort to get young voters to register and vote. But they never materialized at the polls.
"He was just a nuisance," the Post quotes one Kerry aide as saying. "The whole thing was a joke. No one outside of New York or L.A. gives a hoot about this guy. All he did was get himself press."
# Terry McAuliffe and Bill Clinton: The Post says Clinton and his top fundraiser who heads the Democratic party caused the disaster. The Post has reported that some analysts say Clinton's emergence in the closing days of the campaign "energized" the Republican base.
Also from Newsweek:
Managing Teresa. Kerry's wife, Teresa Heinz Kerry, presented a host of
behind-the-scenes drama for Kerry. Early on, the campaign staff regarded
Teresa as something of a hypochondriac, and she canceled three trips in
October at the last minute, usually for what was described to aides as a
"nonspecific malady." Kerry's first campaign manager, James Jordan, had
little patience for her strong opinions, sending emails trashing the
candidate's wife...which inevitably reached his rivals within the campaign,
including Bob Shrum (an old Teresa friend) and helped seal Jordan's eventual
Later came Kerry campaign's post-convention "Sea to Shining Sea" tour: a
3,500-mile bus and train trek that was not a happy trip for Teresa. With each
passing day she made less effort to hide her displeasure. Audiences were
mystified when Teresa turned her back to them at daylight rallies and wore
dark sunglasses and a hat at night (backstage, the candidate's wife complained
of migraines and sore eyes). As they reached the climax of the tour, an
hourlong "family vacation" hike in the Grand Canyon, the planned happy-family-
vacation was disintegrating in plain view. Daughter Vanessa didn't enjoy
being a prop, Teresa was complaining of migraines and telling her husband she
couldn't walk anymore. The candidate tried to bravely soldier on, pulling his
sullen wife and children to show them the magnificent condors flying overhead.
The rumor is she's been doctor shopping for the prescription medications she takes for all her "ailments".