Senator Sweet Caroline?

posted at 2:00 pm on December 5, 2008 by Ed Morrissey

With Hillary Clinton resigning from her Senate seat for an appointment as Secretary of State, speculation has already begun as to whom New York Governor David Paterson will appoint to replace her.  Bill Clinton removed himself from the running earlier this week, but new speculation has another dynasty member as a potential candidate.  Caroline Kennedy, the publicity-shy daughter of martyred President John Kennedy, involved herself in Barack Obama’s campaign and may get the nod:

Another Senator Kennedy?  The crazy speculation about Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat may not be so crazy after all.  A Democrat who would know tells ABC News that New York governor David Paterson has talked to Caroline Kennedy about taking the seat, which was once held by her uncle, Robert F. Kennedy.  It’s not exactly shocking that Paterson would reach out to one of the most highly respected public figures in New York, but this is:  Sources say Kennedy is considering it, and has not ruled out coming to Washington to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate.

A few years ago, the famously private Caroline Kennedy would be the last Kennedy expected to serve in Congress, but of course, she took on a much more high-profile role during the presidential campaign and, if she does it, would be more than New York’s junior Senator; she’d have closer ties to the Obama White House than any of her colleagues, a direct line to the East Wing.

When Robert Kennedy, Jr. took himself out of the running for the seat earlier this week, he told Jonathan Hicks of the New York Times, “Caroline Kennedy would be the perfect choice if she would agree to it.”  And one more thing:  We hear that President-elect Obama has made it clear that he thinks Caroline Kennedy would be a great choice.

Any choice would be better than Bill Clinton, as I wrote over the holidays.  But Caroline Kennedy hasn’t worked in the public sphere at all prior to Obama’s campaign.  What specifically besides her last name makes her more qualified to represent New York than people already elected to office by the people of the state?

It appears that people want to settle for name brands rather than appoint or vote for people of substance.  That argument can certainly be made with Barack Obama, but the name-brand impulse precedes him by decades.  Both parties indulge in it.  The Bushes have three generations in national politics, and more on the way.  The Kennedys have four, and counting.  The Clintons only have one, but they’ve managed to make it work for twenty years, and Chelsea’s waiting in the wings.  She might have gotten considered for this opening except for the age requirement.

Although the Cuomos have a dynasty going in the state of New York, one might think Andrew Cuomo would make a better choice.  At least Cuomo ran for an office and has a track record on public policy, even if we disagree with it.  Instead of looking for publicity stunts, Paterson would be better advised to find people who have built a record on policy and have at least some concrete evidence of backing from the people of the state.  We already have too many beginners at the top level of national politics.

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Crazy sarah is hardly “da debbil” — but I do find her and the fanboys endlessly entertaining.

benny shakar on December 6, 2008 at 12:41 AM

Nowhere near as entertaining as we find Obamatons. There are soooooo many opportunities.

ddrintn on December 6, 2008 at 1:05 AM

Caroline Kennedy for New York Senator?
Gag me with a silver spoon.
I guess you could say that the commie marxist libs are at least attempting to be consistent.
She’s qualified how? …. Oh-oh she’s logged thousands of hours on yachts relating to all the little people at the various ports of call. And all the book signings, and garden parties, etc. etc.
Apparently the DNC, a water-walker & a blind man are contemplating replacing a dumpy, unqualified, socialist carpetbagger, with a goofy-looking, unqualified, socialist carpetbagger who also has the added burden of being related to the MA swimmer.
Jesus, Mary & Joseph just where is an honest straightforward civil servant when you need one? For certain they ain’t located in MA or NY.
Maybe after she gets appointed she and Hillary can compare notes on their respective crime family ties. You know contrast and compare the booze running Mafia vs. the Arkincide drug gangs.

jaaakemm on December 6, 2008 at 1:18 AM

Years ago, I described the Democrats as “The party of civic compassion, high ideals and any available Kennedy.”

I thought I was being sardonic.

PersonFromPorlock on December 6, 2008 at 7:23 AM

Is there any other state that embraces carpetbaggers the way NY does ? I forgot…Cahlafhonia is another. There is nothing more snotty than a socialist with a big fat bottomless trust fund.

JonRoss on December 6, 2008 at 8:13 AM

It’s time for all of us to start publicly questioning Caroline Kennedy’s qualifications to become a US Senator. We were told Palin wasn’t qualified to become VP by the same people who are pushing Kennedy. I hope all the conservative blog sites will put the pressure on and keep it up. Palin earned her position in life the hard way, she worked for it. Kennedy has done nothing yet she should start at the top?

Done That on December 6, 2008 at 8:38 AM

New York’s (and sadly, most of the country’s) sole criteria for experience in their politicians and candidates is that they stay at least one nighn in a Holiday Inn…

rbb on December 6, 2008 at 8:52 AM

Not Funny

I’ve heard a number of times the theory that Barack is not good for comedians…
Oh contraire my sweet. It’s just that they refuse to acknowledge the level of hypocrisy and “do anything for power” ness of this guy.
My daughter and I spend many moments crackin jokes about his reversals and One up-edness…
But seriously folks…
Our highest moment was the script that we envisioned for SNL in which Barry is interrupted by a text message during a briefing about the Cuban Missile Crises Part II. The message says that Bill Ayres has cherry bombed all the WH toilets (simultaneously), cut to Ayers checking a box on his “to-do” list. Also cut to Rev Wright and Michelle putting anti-white graffiti in all the tourist areas.
Meanwhile Hillary is seen in the background stealing all the “B”s and “O”s from the keyboards as WJC runs by chasing an intern down the hallway yelling “gib me dat dress… you chubby little ho. I know your type”.
It all comes to a head when Barry has a behind closed doors meeting with OBL that starts with a fist bump, and then a mission accomplished banner dropping from the ceiling… Fade to black… or alt ending… to white if you prefer not to be called racist.

Of course this could all be happening before the inauguration, just for added realism.

RalphyBoy on December 6, 2008 at 11:30 AM

Just what we need, another unaccomplished, incompetent absolutely worthless legacy in Congress.

Why not elect the Kennedy family dog to Congress?

Besides the fact that the Kennedy family dog would do a better job than any preceding Kennedy, that is?

NoDonkey on December 6, 2008 at 11:37 AM

Sorry… forgot the tag line to this. Caroline Kennedy should always and forever be refered to as “Ted Kennedy’s niece“.
Not so funny, but keeps it real.

RalphyBoy on December 6, 2008 at 11:37 AM

the publicity-shy daughter of martyred President John Kennedy

Ed, words mean things. You get upset when the MSM gets fast-and-loose with adjectives. Your use of the adjective martyr conjurs up the aphorism about “people living in glass houses”.

Sailfish on December 6, 2008 at 3:49 PM

No moronic comment here to bite on, so I’ll just say I think she’ll make an excellent Senator.

jim_collins on December 6, 2008 at 11:47 PM

However, your headline implies that Neil Diamond wrote the song about her, which is actually true.

jim_collins on December 7, 2008 at 1:50 AM

No moronic comment here to bite on, so I’ll just say I think she’ll make an excellent Senator.

jim_collins on December 6, 2008 at 11:47 PM

What makes an “excellent senator”? Anyway, we’re even more justified in our faith in Sarah Palin than you are in your confidence in Caroline Kennedy. Moronic enough for you?

ddrintn on December 7, 2008 at 11:11 AM

I beg to differ with all of you, and like Caroline I am a New Yorker. She is very capable and a much better choice than Bill and Bobby Jr.

So really now – you are all Republicans/Conservatives and many are non-residents of the Great Empire State – who would you choose?

AprilOrit on December 7, 2008 at 4:29 PM

Addendum – aside from Cuomo already mentioned …who would you choose?

AprilOrit on December 7, 2008 at 4:31 PM

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