Oh yeah, baby….snowboard. Say it! Snoooowboooard…..
Somehow I knew Mickey Kaus was going to be all over the John Kerry snowboard incident:
Small-but-damning Kerry incident of the day: From today’s NYT–
On his first full day off, though, Mr. Kerry awoke determined to hit the slopes of Mount Baldy.
The image-conscious candidate and his aides prevailed upon reporters and photographers to let him have a first run down the mountain solo, except for two agents and Marvin Nicholson, his omnipresent right-hand man.
His next trip down, a reporter and a camera crew were allowed to follow along on skis â€” just in time to see Mr. Kerry taken out by one of the Secret Service men, who had inadvertently moved into his path, sending him into the snow.
When asked about the mishap a moment later, he said sharply, “I don’t fall down,” then used an expletive to describe the agent who “knocked me over.”
Suggested Kerry camp spin: Kerry was joking, in his macho, towel-snapping manner! Richard Holbrooke phones reporters to question the NYT’s use of the adverb “sharply.” … Note to Maureen Dowd: You’re only allowed to get two columns out of this, OK? … Update: Kf’s suggested spin won’t work, since ABC’S O’Keefe bascially confirms the NYT’s account (key word: “glared”). But if the skier whom Kerry cursed wasn’t a Secret Service agent who was there to protect him, Kerry’s annoyance seems less objectionable. …
I find solace in the fact that Slate pays Kaus with bottles of expired Propecia. Even with that, he’s overpaid…