After this picture fromwhen I had the pleasure of meeting Teresa last winter, here's some of their comments:
What we minded is that she knows her mind—and speaks it in all those languages, the show-off! We deemed her too exotic. And, Calvinists that we are, decided that she clearly has too much money and possibly, too much fun.
We found it odd that she made no attempt to hide the fact that she had a life before John Kerry. (What really grated was not that she thinks "it's all about her"--but that she doesn’t think it’s all about him.) Then, too, for all of our purported yearning for authenticity, we balked at her refusal to feign complete absorption in whatever phony political moment was at hand.
Perhaps most unforgivably, she is unself-consciously sexy at 66 and not unaware of her power as a woman. And to the last moment of the campaign, she was true to herself in a way that few of us dare. When speaking to a friend about her critics in the press a few months back, she said, "If I do what they want me to do, there will be nothing left of me." She never let that happen.