In all, Kennedy, who wants to be named Sen. Hillary Clinton's replacement once Clinton is confirmed as Secretary of State, used the phrase 138 times. (Times reporter David Halbfinger throws the term a couple times, too.)
But the most interesting thing about the transcript is not just that Kennedy speaks like, well, you know, a regular person instead of a media-trained politician, but rather her apparent lack of self-awareness about her own celebrity and her seeming ignorance to the role of celebrity in politics.
Halbfinger and Nick Confessore try hard to get Kennedy to give them some tick-tock about her decision to seek the Senate seat, much to Kennedy's chagrin. The quote she gave to try to deflect the questioning — "Have you guys ever thought about writing for, like, a woman’s magazine or something?" — made it into today's story, but if you look at the transcript, her larger dodge is even worse.
NC: Could you, for the sake of storytelling, could you tell us a little bit about that moment, like, where you were, what you said to him about your decision, how that played out?
CK: Have you guys ever thought about writing for, like, a woman’s magazine or something? (Laughter)
DH: What do you have against women’s magazines?
CK: Nothing at all, but I thought you were the crack political team here. As I said, it was kind of over a period of time, you know, obviously we talked about politics, we talked about what’s going on, we’ve been watching the team that the president-elect is putting together — Hillary Clinton is going to be a spectacular part of that team, you know, then there was a vacancy here, you know, just like everybody else, you know: who’s going to fill it, isn’t that interesting, there’s a lot of great candidates, you know, obviously I have become much more politically involved than I have in the past, so you know, I figure, why not try, I really think I have something to offer.
Kennedy's celebrity is the only rationale for her to be a Senator, but she doesn't want to say that. Instead, her argument boils down to she should be a Senator because she wants to be one.