Monday, December 22, 2008
Caroline Kennedy: Too Far Out Over Her Skis?
The Chattering Classes on morning news television are buzzing about the possibility of NY Governor Patterson appointing Caroline Kennedy to Hillary Clinton's vacated senate seat. Many people think Caroline's a cinch for the job, considering her celebrity, the wealthy connections, and the tremendous amount of money she could bring into Democratic Party coffers. I can't tell you anything you don't know about that, but I was amused by a Caroline Kennedy supporter who appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe program who used a particular expression that is bound to have resonance only to people who ski at expensive winter resorts.
If Language is destiny, there is a large chasm between America's liberal elite and the people they presume to govern. The "reporters" on the show were saying that Caroline Kennedy was creeping around the backdoors of politics rather than facing the press and taking questions. So the Kennedy spokesman defended her girl, naturally, and said that the quiet, low-profile approach was appropriate to the situation. She said that Caroline (and other pols) "don't want to get too far out over yours skis?" Huh?
"Too far out over your skis?"…. That’s a phrase bound to resonate in South Central, Olney, Kensington, Bed-Sty, and Roxbury and other poor, rough, and desperate urban enclaves. I can see the boyz in the hood scratching their heads over that one. WTF that mean?