Tuesday, December 30, 2008
The New York media is up on all fours over Gov. David Patterson’s possible appointment of Caroline Kennedy to fill the soon-to-be-vacated senate seat currently held by Hillary Clinton.
While many people are thrilled at the prospect of JFK’s little girl stepping into the family business, not everyone is happy with the idea. Kennedy’s critics cite her lack of political experience (Kennedy has never run for office before) as well as the fact she’s wealthy and the daughter of a much beloved American president and the niece of a highly respected U.S. senator as reasons to disqualify her.
However, Politico’s Ben Smith scraps the bottom of the barrel by noting Caroline Kennedy’s use of “you know” in a recent interview. Smith even labels it “a new, distinctive Kennedy verbal tic.”
Ben Smith points out that Caroline Kennedy said “you know” 142 times in a recent New York Times interview.
I think one of the refreshing things about Caroline Kennedy is the fact that she isn’t a highly spun, Washington politician. She speaks the same way millions of Americans speak and as a result, it makes her accessible. I also don’t recall Ben Smith ever taking George Bush to task over his challenges with the English language, his relentless malapropisms, or his use of the contraction, “y’all.”
My point is, if you want to attack Caroline Kennedy, fine, have at it, but attack her on the issues or her lack of experience but not something as petty as her frequent use of “you know.”