Silly fun from Cuffy Meigs. The audio’s no outlier, either: Try counting how many times “you know” appears in the transcript of her chat with NY1 on Friday. My favorite soundbite featured no fewer than three utterances in the span of 20 words.
There is a serious point here, actually. Slowly but surely, right down to her verbal tic, she’s proving she’s not ready for primetime as a national politician. (Cf. the left and SNL goofing on Palin’s tortured syntax.) With all the money and cronyism behind her, the only way she could blow this appointment is by making herself seem ridiculous — and darned if she’s not doing it. I’m amazed at how much skepticism, if not outright disdain, crept into the tone of the new NYT story on their interview with Caroline, culminating in Princess getting irritated and asking the reporters whether they’ve ever thought of writing for a women’s magazine. That was last night; this morning brings Michael Goodwin, Pulitzer-winner from the Daily News, finally acknowledging that the empress has no clothes. And not being real polite about it:
That truth is that Kennedy is not ready for the job and doesn’t deserve it. Somebody who loves her should tell her.
Her quest is becoming a cringe-inducing experience, as painful to watch as it must be to endure. Because she is the only survivor of that dreamy time nearly 50 years ago, she remains an iconic figure. But in the last few days, her mini-campaign has proved she has little to offer New Yorkers except her name…
Even the one job she had in public life has come into question. Apparently on the basis of a chance meeting with New York’s schools chancellor at a party on Martha’s Vineyard, she signed on as a part-time fund-raiser. How much she raised and how much she worked have been challenged, but no matter. The point is that this self-described advocate for the public schools did not send her children to them.
Limousine liberals are a dime a dozen, and carpetbaggers are nothing new in New York. And with the social scene constantly churning out the old for the next new thing, there’s no reason middle-aged dilettantes can’t also try their hand at politics.
They just can’t start in the Senate.
Likelihood of her appointment 10 days ago, per InTrade: 85 percent. Today: 53.5, down four points from yesterday.