Mansfield Fox

Law student. Yankees fan. Massive fraggle. Just living the American dream.

Saturday, February 21, 2004

LISTENED TO SOME OF JOHN KERRY'S SENATE TESTIMONY TODAY. (And you can too: just click the link and fast-forward through the first bit, which is from the Winter Soldier investigation and doesn't feature Kerry.) I was struck by how much his voice has lost the patrician Boston Brahmin flavor it once had. Listen to him in 1971: the young lieutenant sounds like George Plimpton. That accent's largely gone now. I wonder if that's just a natural voice change brought about by living all this time in non-Brahmin D.C., or whether the Senator had to hire a speech coach to ditch the rare airs.