Have you ever known a couple where you loved one person and had a hard time tolerating their spouse? Did you ever become close friends with the one you liked? Probably not. The hard-to-tolerate spouse was always there, tainting the natural flow that leads to friendship. In addition, you'll always question the judgment of the half of the couple you like because they made such a questionable choice in mates. It may not be a major thing, the questioning, or even the dislike, and it may not preclude becoming friends, but it can stifle or kill a friendship.
On the other hand, if you meet a couple, and love them both, how much more likely are you to become friends? There will never be any impediment to wanting to spend time together. No questioning of judgment. On the contrary one of the best ways to find out quickly about the character of a person is through the people they choose as friends.
This is all superficial, even shallow, but if you're honest with yourself you'll have to admit that these are real factors in relationships. That is why I find the new poll from FOXNews so full of optimism.
In a hypothetical first lady "matchup," the latest Fox News national poll finds that nearly half of all Americans say they would choose Laura Bush over Teresa Heinz Kerry (47 percent to 23 percent), with 29 percent saying "neither" or "not sure."People like the Bush's. Both of them. And they don't seem to find the Kerry-Heinz's quite so likeable. Either of them.
As far as I know the most likeable candidate always wins.
Most significant of all I think, the all-important, can't-get-elected-without-them independents preferred Mrs. Bush by more than two-to-one.
So whadayathink honey? Should we invite them back?