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Jane the Ventriloquist identified

That’s the nickname I’ve given the woman in New Hampshire who used her own child as a puppet to launch what she thought were gotcha questions at Rick Perry. (“Ask him about evolution. Ask him why he hates science.”) This delightful woman’s name is Kristin Bunce, which is mentioned in exactly one story on the incident, a blog post on the NYT site. I’m kind of surprised they didn’t scrub that part. But now we’ve got a name, so let’s see what we can dig up about the esteemed Ms. Bunce, shall we?

Here’s her Facebook page. Here she is with her kids. In front of the Louvre.

She hasn’t used her daughter as a political prop yet, though. Just her son. Too bad she didn’t make the lil’ fella ask, “Pourquoi détestez-vous la science?”

Here’s what she has listed on Facebook under “Education and Work”:

Grad School

John F. Kennedy School of Government
Class of 1996 · MPP

The University of Texas at Austin
MA Government

College

Wellesley College
Class of 1990

High School

Chatham High School
Class of 1996

Pretty sure that last one is supposed to be 1986. And I’m told the fact that she went to UT might explain why she hates Perry.

JWF has done some of the digging the MSM doesn’t care to do, and he discovered that she’s listed as an editor in the summer 2007 edition of the Harvard Law & Policy Review. And here’s her wedding announcement from the Sept. 3, 2000 edition of the New York Times:

WEDDINGS; Marna Bunce, Silas Beane III

Marna Kristin Bunce, the daughter of Dr. Marna Louise Crim of Monroe, Ga., and Roy Karl Bunce of Longmeadow, Mass., was married yesterday to Dr. Silas Robert Beane III, the son of Rosa and Mr. Beane Jr. of Far Hills, N.J. The bride’s father, a United Church of Christ minister, officiated at Stanley Congregational Church in Chatham, N.J.

Mrs. Beane, 32, is a senior policy adviser in Seattle for the United States Education Department. She graduated from Wellesley College. She received a master’s degree in government from the University of Texas and a master’s in public policy from Harvard. Her father is the director of development at Hampshire College in Amherst, Mass. Her mother is the reading specialist at the Monroe Elementary School.

Impressive! Working at the Department of Education must have taught her how to exploit children for political ends.

Google Books lists a Kristin Bunce from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government as the author of a 1996 policy analysis exercise titled, “Americans are turned off by television coverage of politics and public policy: how CBS News can present complex issues and increase their audience.” And we’ve now seen her answer: push your children in front of politicians and make them ask, “Why do you hate science?”

So that gives us some idea of where Ms. Bunce is coming from. She certainly isn’t some dumb plumber asking why the government won’t let her keep more of the money she’s earned that’s rightfully theirs. She’s not some peasant. She’s a well-connected, impeccably credentialed bureaucrat who isn’t afraid to hide behind her own children to attack people she doesn’t like.

And why do we need to know more about her, you ask? That’s a good question. Well, why did we need to know more about Joe Wurzelbacher? Why did we need to know about his tax lien and lack of a plumbing license and the rest? All he did was ask a question about taxes and he was pilloried for it. Isn’t that the new standard for any citizen who dares to ask questions of prominent people? Isn’t that what they get for inconveniencing those in power? If not, why not?

P.S. The press considered it very, very important that Joe the Plumber’s first name is actually Samuel. How interesting, then, that Marna Kristin Bunce goes by her middle name too. Why is she lying? What is she hiding?

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_UFTI3QJ3TKPE4AS3EMSH6OZ5QM 4sailing

    Nobody seems to find it funny that her father is a minister and the question she choose for her son to ask Perry was on evolution??? Nobody else suspects a little payback at dad – sad to see the rebelliousness of a teenager in a grown woman – of course none of us really thought maturity and liberal in the same phrase.

  • Ginsue

    Wow, Jim… the “bitterness” in your article isn’t editorializing or anything, right?  I guess this means you are a “Perry Supporter”?  So much for impartial news (questionable) writing. 

    Personally, I think introducing children to politics by providing them a list of questions they “could” ask a candidate, is a really good way to nuture interest in the process.  It sure beats teaching them how to use the internet and dig up minutae in hopes of spinning little know facts into muckracking opportunities.

    Geez, and I thought you might be the one who “saves” journalism…

    • Jim Treacher

      “Well” “said.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1366364065 Anonymous

    I am truly hoping this is all tongue in cheek! I might start to believe you are actually an Ultra-conservative dork lol

    • Jim Treacher

      Well, there’s no new news to report on Joe the Plumber’s taxes or work licenses.

      • Anonymous

        hmm, apparantly you can’t talk about anything without including Joe the Plumber. :)
        Ya know, the dems let that one go years ago.  Maybe its time you did too.

        • Jim Treacher

          I don’t blame you for not wanting to dwell on the double standard. :)

          • Anonymous

            I haven’t asked you to lay off Ms Bunce, I haven’t defended her.  So I don’t seem to have a problem with any double standard. 

          • Jim Treacher

            The double standard between the treatment of Joe Wurzelbacher and the treatment of Kristin Bunce is the topic of this post. I didn’t drag, say, Sarah Palin into it. Hope that helps.

          • Anonymous

            Thats odd,the article spent most of its life bashing someone for pimping her kid, so you can obviously see the conection to Sarah.  I was going to send you a few of the thousands of articles about Sarah using her kids, but I figure you know your way around google.
            So Joe gets a mention in the last paragraph. So I guess your goal is to stoop as low as the dems did attacking Joe.  Yea, that makes sense, drop to the level of your opponent.  Makes your argument so much better.

          • Anonymous

            PS, I look forward to your next posting, I gotta get to work, this money isn’t going to make itself.

          • Jim Treacher

            Thats odd,the article spent most of its life bashing someone for pimping her kid, so you can obviously see the conection to Sarah.

            Well, no. How does Palin “use” her children, by not locking them in the basement? Unlike every other politician who has ever lived, she should never talk about her family? And of course, I’m supposed to do your research for you. Well argued.

            So I guess your goal is to stoop as low as the dems did attacking Joe.

            The goal is to point out the double standard. If it’s any consolation, I don’t think you’re being deliberately obtuse.

  • Joseph

    On Facebook under education and work Chatham High School class of 1996 “could” have been work.  It is listed in Taree, New South Wales.  Don’t know, just a guess.

  • Anonymous

    You can’t talk about pimping your kids without including the queen of pimp, Sarah Palin.

    • Jim Treacher

      Apparently you can’t talk about anything without including Sarah Palin.

      • Anonymous

        Apparantly you are talking out of a very dark part of your posterior.  You have no idea what i am capable of discussing.  This topic was about mothers who use their children as props and shields.  Who else would most Americans think of in this situation?

        • Jim Treacher

          You have no idea what i am capable of discussing.

          That must be because you speak for most Americans…

          • Anonymous

            I didn’t speak for them, I asked a question.  Who do you think of when talking about parents that pimp their kids? 

          • Jim Treacher

            Who do you think of when talking about parents that pimp their kids?

            Kristin Bunce.

          • Anonymous

            I guess we agree on the two of them as pimp parents?

          • Jim Treacher

            Kristin Bunce is. I don’t know about her husband.

          • Anonymous

            Ahh, you’re too funny Jim.  Good luck with that whole head in the sand thing ya got going there.

          • Jim Treacher

            And good luck with your baseless assertions and inability to formulate an argument. Stay warm.

          • Anonymous

            I wasn’t trying to formulate an argument.  Were you? I must of missed that part of your tirade.  I agreed with you about ms Bunce, I saw the film clip, thought she was a pushy and annoying mom too.  I’m just surprised that you can’t see the similarities in Sarah.

          • Jim Treacher

            I wasn’t trying to formulate an argument.

            Then you succeeded.

  • http://axeman.myopenid.com/ Axeman

    Did anyone notice whether or not Sam (“Joe”) Wurzelbacher asked Obama “why” he “hated” anything? “Senator, why do you hate capitalism so much?” Joe vs. Kirsten Dunce reveals the the right way and the left way.

  • Anonymous

    Good job, Jim.  Let us know what else you learn when you park in front of her house.

  • Anonymous

    Good job, Jim.  Let us know what else you learn when you park in front of her house.

    • Jim Treacher

      No, the news trucks only park outside the houses of plumbers who ask inconvenient questions of Democrats. She’s safe.

      • Anonymous

        Well I’m sure you’ll at least go through her trashcans and follow her kids to school.  Keep us updated on your findings.

        • Jim Treacher

          Why is it okay to “vet” Joe the Plumber but not Jane the Ventriloquist?

          • Anonymous

            Did I tell you to stop?  I hope you’ll be climbing the fence into her backyard tonight. 

          • Jim Treacher

            So you’re condemning what the left did to Joe the Plumber. Well, better late than never, I suppose.

          • Anonymous

            I’m not condemning, Jim: I encourage. 
             Now, get to it.That lady’s garbage cans aren’t gonna comb through themselves.

          • Jim Treacher

            You have one standard when it’s done to conservatives and another standard when it’s done to liberals. But if you don’t feel like you can admit it, that’s okay. We already know.

            P.S. You already said the “trashcans” part. If you’re really going to commit to this, at least try to switch it up a bit.

          • Anonymous

            Can’t you understand?  I want you to get at it. What kind of Republican are you, anyway?
            All the right-wingers I know would jump at the chance to peer through some young lady’s windows.
            I am disappoint.

          • Jim Treacher

            Don’t get frustrated, sweetie. You gave it your best shot, but it didn’t work. You’ll get the hang of this eventually, or not.

          • Anonymous

            I’m sorry to see you give up so easily.
            I thought you had the makings of a junior right-wing detective.

            I guess the idea of  climbing fences for the GOP is way too butch for you.
             Right, sweetie?

          • Jim Treacher

            There, there. Let it all out.

          • Anonymous

            I prefer to pee alone but thanks.

          • Jim Treacher

            You’re doing fine so far. Thank goodness for Depends.

          • Anonymous

            What?

          • Jim Treacher

            Okay.

          • Anonymous

            I prefer to pee alone but thanks.

          • http://twitter.com/#!/GRHammersmith Alaskan

            He could move in next door and claim that he is writing a book about her.  After all maybe, someday, she might run for President.  We would want her to be properly vetted wouldn’t we.

    • Jim Treacher

      No, the news trucks only park outside the houses of plumbers who ask inconvenient questions of Democrats. She’s safe.

  • reader

    Hampshire College is very very far left.

  • truebearing

    It’s perfectly predictable that a marionette will use her offspring as puppets. The indoctrination of the mother being visited unto the third generation.