“Nothing at all,” according to an interview she gave to New York Times reporters Nicholas Confessore and David Halbfinger, published last weekend. Kennedy’s gotten a little bit of heat for this exchange, where she responds to Confessore’s request for Kennedy to describe in detail her decision-making process with her husband to seek the Senate seat:
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.
Kennedy’s been criticized for coming off as defensive and sexist here. I think she just wants to be sure she’s being taken seriously by the two men who have been firing the same question at her again and again. Like most smart women, I do have something against women’s magazines. And it might help to note that Confessore and Halbfinger did predicate that question with a characterization of Caroline and Ted Kennedy as ill-fated rom-com partners:
NC: I guess another way of thinking about it is that Jennifer Aniston movie, where she tells her boyfriend, ‘I want you to want to do the dishes,’ you know? And I wonder if Senator Kennedy wanted you to want to do it.
DH: “The Break-Up.”
CK: (Laughter) I hope you’re going to put this in the article, not just the answer. OK?
So, you know, maybe she has a point.