An Iowa Wife Picks and Pans the Pols
A longtime political junkie and volunteer for her beloved Republican Party, Cutcher is blunt when it comes to sizing up Congress: The House's Bill McCollum (R-Fla.) is "an independent thinker...a nice young man but as homely as all get out." Sen. Bill Bradley (D-N.J.) "is one of my pet peeves—his habit of talking through his nose comes between me and what he has to say." And Senator Garn (R-Utah) "is so darn sexy that when he appears on the screen I go sit down."
As Kay sees it, only Julio Iglesias—and perhaps her husband, Lane—are anywhere near as scintillating as the U.S. Congress. The manager of a Sherwin-Williams paint store, Lane, 58, is remarkably good-humored about his wife's fixation. While her acquired acumen can be a touch annoying—"She is so knowledgeable about what's going on that she makes me feel out of it," he says. The only real problems arise when he wants to watch Hill Street Blues, Moonlighting or reruns of Barney Miller. Kay relents, but she often doesn't have to miss a whole hour of rip-roaring legislative action: "I just wait for him to fall asleep, and then I switch back to C-SPAN," she says.
Although some of Kay's chums share her habit (and occasionally gather for a lunch of cold cuts and salad and the afternoon Senate session), not everyone understands the obsession that once led her to rise at 3 a.m. to tape the rerun of a hot debate. "Friends tell me that it's not good to sit here all the time in front of the TV," says Cutcher. "But I don't even like to go into the kitchen for a cup of coffee, because when I come back I might find the session gaveled shut."