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Friday, January 02, 2009


On Sarah Palin Caroline Kennedy

WASHINGTON - JANUARY 28:  Sen. Barack Obama (D...via DaylifeAm I the only one that thinks we are trying to have it both ways when it comes to Caroline Kennedy?

Hey, I love the Kennedys as much as anybody: they are our collective national soap opera, our shining royal family, our 20th-century iconography. But if we argue (as I did, and most sane people did) that Sarah Palin was patently unsuited to step onto the national stage because of her lack of experience and qualification, don't we have to admit that Caroline Kennedy is equally unqualified...if not more so? I mean, at least Palin was a governor and a mayor. Kennedy has never held ANY office, never shown even a little interest in national service before last June. Her press interviews of late have been disastrous and reveal a person with a unformed political awareness. She isn't ready, not by a country mile.

I think Caroline is pro-gay, pro-society, and supports most of what I believe. But I don't see how I can possibly support her candidacy for the U.S. Senate...especially when there are many qualified alternatives (Andrew Cuomo, Nita Lowey, and Kirsten Gillibrand leading the pack). The idea that Kennedy should receive it because of bloodline (and some inherent political skill that resides in her DNA), or because she's nakedly and shamelessly campaigned for it, strikes me as the height of progressive hypocrisy.

On some level, it's terrible of me to even say that. But at the end of the day, I didn't believe Palin was a worthy presidential successor to the legacy of Hillary Clinton. I don't believe Caroline Kennedy should be her senatorial successor, either.
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Blogger xolondon said...

Well, Sarah Palin is an uneducated idiot, so I think that at least evens her out with Caroline, who has been in the back rooms (!) of public service, if not "politics," her whole life.

1/2/09, 5:20 PM  
Blogger ModFab said...

What evidence do you have of that, XO? I don't see anything on Caroline's resume that tells me she's been in the back rooms or the front rooms of national politics. In fact, everything I've been able to find says that she has AVOIDED politics in large part, at least until last year, when she campaigned for Obama.

And to be clear, I'm not equating Palin and Kennedy...they are very different people. But the commonality I see is that neither one had the experience, the history, or the bearing for the job they were seeking.

1/2/09, 5:52 PM  
Blogger ModFab said...

And by "public service," do you mean her volunteer and activist work?

That's certainly commendable, but I don't think it should win you a seat in the U.S. Senate.

1/2/09, 5:53 PM  
Blogger Steve On Broadway (SOB) said...

ModFab, Regrettably, the U.S. Senate has become a bastion for millionaires who've decided to spend their millions on winning entry into America's most difficult to get into club. Caroline Kennedy will fit right in.

On the other hand, there is a big difference between becoming President or Vice President. You must have unimpeachable credentials and experience (well, almost).

1/2/09, 6:25 PM  
Blogger Ken said...

Hmmmmm. I know I probably shouldn't even comment on this since I don't live in New York. Barack Obama had little more than "public service" before he became a senator. As for her performance before the press being an indicator of her ability to serve, the three alternatives you mentioned haven't had to endure the media scrutiny she has and may not perform so well either. And as for judgement, wasn't she one of the first public figures to support and endorse Obama over Clinton. Maybe her lack of experience will give her a different perspective.

1/3/09, 9:52 AM  
Blogger ModFab said...


Good points all. But...

1) Obama WAS a senator before becoming president. He had experience.

2) Andrew Cuomo and Nita Lowey, in particular, have had intense media scrutiny on them for years locally. They're not Kennedys, granted, but they're not novices at this.

3) I'm not ready to give Caroline a Senate seat just because she recognized Obama's potential early on. By that measure, I should be a senator before her. ;-)

1/3/09, 10:50 AM  
Blogger Ashley said...

And what a FABULOUS senator you'd make!

1/5/09, 11:09 AM  
Blogger GracetWeissiti said...

This is another example of the blow-by damage from Sarah Palin. Who can consider Kennedy's possible appointment without thinking of SP?
Kennedy may be the East Coast version of the Alaskan Barbie, but at least she has advanced education,
which given the complexity of the mess the country and the planet are in, is critical.
The problem is not that she is ignorant because that is remediable.She doesn't interact with anyone or anything that is outside of her limited frame of reference. She has no boundaries between herself and the world, and so far demonstrates no ability to learn from her mistakes. That is dangerous whatever her sphere of influence.

1/9/09, 2:27 AM  

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