Vanity Fair magazine (October 23 issue) carried an article titled, “A brief history of Michelle Obama career-goal rumors,” and wrote as follows under the caption, “She’s totally running in California.”
Rumors that the Obamas will relocate to Southern California have been around for some time. But the idea of her gearing up to replace Feinstein is somewhat novel. One of Richard Johnson’s unnamed sources offered this insight into politics in the Golden State: “It’s a shoo-in. A ham sandwich could get elected on the Democratic line in California.”** http://www.vanityfair.com/online/daily/2014/10/michelle-obama-california-senate-future
I was drawn to the expression, “She’s totally running in California,” more than the figurative use of "a ham-sandwich."
Oxford Advanced Learners’ English Dictionary defines “totally” simply as “completely.”
Does “She’s totally running in California” mean Michelle Obama will completely, i.e. definitely / very likely run in California?
“She’s totally running” sounds a bit awkward to me. Is it common to use the word, ‘totally’ in this way?