Ted Kennedy: Let’s make Caroline a Senator because she’s rich

posted at 3:40 pm on December 9, 2008 by Allahpundit

No foolin’. It’s all about the “wherewithal.”

In recent days the Massachusetts senator has called Gov. David A. Paterson and Senator Charles E. Schumer, as well as Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey, who took over last month as head of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee when Mr. Schumer stepped down.

Mr. Kennedy’s message, according to Democratic aides who were not authorized to discuss the conversations, is that Ms. Kennedy — backed by the Kennedy family’s extensive fund-raising network — would have the wherewithal to run back-to-back costly statewide races without having to seek help from Mr. Paterson or Mr. Schumer.

The ability to raise significant money is a key concern for Mr. Paterson, who has been deluged from every direction by politicians interested in the seat, which the governor is expected to fill early next year. Whoever is chosen will have to run in 2010 and again two years later.

Believe it or not, this is only the second most offensive pro-Caroline pitch of the day; Ruth Marcus’s ineffably humiliating tribute to the “fairy tale” appeal of our “tragic national princess” takes the prize. See Ross Douthat for a reply, or Richard Bradley at Slate for a primer on Caroline’s career. Not much of substance, not much by way of fraternizing with the hoi polloi, but loads of “ceremonial” duties aimed at glorifying the family name. There’s no purer example of noblesse oblige in American life that I can think of. Why not hand her a Senate seat? Elections are for proles.

Remember, Teddy also reportedly wants his wife to inherit — and that is the right word — his own seat once he retires, so at this point the number of Kennedys in the Senate is capped mainly by their own reproductive capacity. I’ve mentioned this before, but I still can’t quite get over a guy who campaigned against the Clintons’ dynastic politics hooking up with a family that considers itself a quasi-congenital aristocracy. They need each other, I guess: The Kennedys get “authenticity” and popular vogue from Obama’s race and mass appeal while The One gets some extra polish on his halo from being crowned rightful heir to JFK. What a joke to have the ultimate self-made man, who beat centuries of prejudice, followed to the Senate by a female dauphin installed in a sinecure. They’re like two sides of Hillary, split.

Update: Teddy’s office issues the perfunctory denial.

Update: From the comments, a point I should have made myself in light of today’s other news: “There’s more than one way to buy a Senate seat.”


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How much is that seat going for? A hem.

canopfor on December 9, 2008 at 3:43 PM

Taxpayers and Voters should unite and say, “Sure Thing Ted, but Senate Seats are worth alot and its going to cost you!”

jp on December 9, 2008 at 3:45 PM

Geez… what ever happened with elections?

Anyone? Anyone?

Do you think her “Sweet Caroline” song would be her mark song?

upinak on December 9, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Senator Kennedy has not contacted anyone in New York regarding the possibility of Caroline Kennedy serving in the Senate

sounds like a non-denial denial to me

lodge on December 9, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Yep, there’s more than one way to buy a Senate seat.

Gina on December 9, 2008 at 3:47 PM

In some parts of the world, personal wealth as a condition for public office is not so far fetched.

In the Philippines, a nation where political corruption is far worse than in the USA (even Chicago), movie stars are considered very popular as political candidates. Having made their fortunes outside the political system, the conventional wisdom is that they cannot be bought.

manwithblackhat on December 9, 2008 at 3:48 PM

No wonder they hate Palin…

right2bright on December 9, 2008 at 3:49 PM

May be time for another American Revolution.

rbj on December 9, 2008 at 3:50 PM

Another Kennedy?… Yuck!!!!…. Put the seat on eBay to the highest bidder like the Dems do in Illinois…. Looks like the Hope ‘n Change Party is giving us little to “hope” for, not even the “Change” in our pockets….

DL13 on December 9, 2008 at 3:51 PM

I guess,*rolls eyes* that Al Franken didn’t
have the ‘wherewithall’of cash to buy his seat!

Now I know why Jefferson had $90,000 in the freezer!

And,really,why are libs going after a recount,like
Franken,when all along its ‘have cash’ will travel,
oh crap,thats ‘have gun will travel’,anywho,’have
cash,will have seat’,or sumpin like dat!haha.

canopfor on December 9, 2008 at 3:51 PM

Why not have a fairy-tale princess as Senator. I mean, after all we’ve got a hopeandchange President and a lollypop and gumdrop cabinet.

I feel better already.

BacaDog on December 9, 2008 at 3:54 PM

Hey, don’t you know that the Kennedys helped make America what it is today?!

Akzed on December 9, 2008 at 3:54 PM

At the risk of being called extremely shallow – I have to say that Caroline has not aged well.

As for her “qualifications” for office – if being the Chosen One is justification for the Presidency why isn’t being America’s Princess good enough for a Senate seat?

katiejane on December 9, 2008 at 3:54 PM

at this point the number of Kennedys in the Senate is capped mainly by their own reproductive capacity

minus their innate ability to die untimely deaths.

nukemhill on December 9, 2008 at 3:54 PM

At the risk of being called extremely shallow – I have to say that Caroline has not aged well.

I dunno. I’d tap that.

nukemhill on December 9, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Caroline Kennedy is almost as famous as Rosie or Oprah or Tom Cruise. She lives in NY, and is well-known for being a housewife on Long Island and not being a public figure. What more could NY voters possibly want? This is a no-brainer.

JiangxiDad on December 9, 2008 at 3:56 PM

Isn’t it amazing that Sarah wasn’t experienced enough to be VP after being a Governor of Alaska, but Caroline Kennedy is more than qualified to be a Senator? She’s done nothing but being born to a former President and handing out money to various charities, etc. Well, I guess that is one qualification for being a Senator – giving away other people’s money. Something needs to be done to these Democrats – scandals all over the place and they say “so what, we’re not going anywhere – you take a hike”. Something needs to be done.

suzyk on December 9, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Change?…LOLOLOL

christene on December 9, 2008 at 4:00 PM

Dear Ted,

In exchange for makine Caroline a Senator and carrying on the family Dynasty. We propose agreeing, if you agree to Abolish the Death Tax you so love.

Sincerly,

The Voters

p.s. Senate Seats are worth Alot you know!

jp on December 9, 2008 at 4:01 PM

nukemhill on December 9, 2008 at 3:55 PM

Does Lorien know you are doing his schtick?

kybowexar on December 9, 2008 at 4:01 PM

Let’s take away Ted’s seat because he is an idiot.

Well, it was worth a try.

Vashta.Nerada on December 9, 2008 at 4:03 PM

Perfect, an empty dress for an empty suit.
Caroline for Senate — She’s Rich and Cute.

johnsteele on December 9, 2008 at 4:03 PM

As usual, Mary Jo Kopechne could not be reached for comment.

TugboatPhil on December 9, 2008 at 4:04 PM

Wait a tick,does Caroline Kennedy
know where Alaska is is!

And,how informed is Caroline!

And that, seems to be the only
qualification that meets the
Lefty MSM test!

canopfor on December 9, 2008 at 4:04 PM

Congress will be worthless as long as the prerequisite is heredity and celebrity.

There is no knowledge base or skill set apparent in Congress. We have a bunch of absolutely worthless, useless, incompetent people in charge of the legislative branch.

This is lethal when Congress shoves its ignorant, dumb as dirt nose into everything.

Congress is not the solution. Congress is the problem.

NoDonkey on December 9, 2008 at 4:05 PM

The Fool likes to surround himself with people less qualified than himself.

It’s a challenge, but he manages.

notagool on December 9, 2008 at 4:07 PM

Isn’t it amazing that Sarah wasn’t experienced enough to be VP after being a Governor of Alaska, but Caroline Kennedy is more than qualified to be a Senator? She’s done nothing but being born to a former President and handing out money to various charities, etc. Well, I guess that is one qualification for being a Senator – giving away other people’s money. Something needs to be done to these Democrats – scandals all over the place and they say “so what, we’re not going anywhere – you take a hike”. Something needs to be done.

suzyk on December 9, 2008 at 4:00 PM

I’ve asked you not to bring that up and I’m not going to tell you again. They are not even remotely comparable, Sarah is a Republican Governor and Caroline is an inexperienced … uh … uh … well she’s a Kennedy, man, a Kennedy!

/sarc

johnsteele on December 9, 2008 at 4:09 PM

from the Ross Doughnut-Puncher link:

Caroline Kennedy is no doubt more prepared – in terms of her base of knowledge about national politics, her comfort with the ways of Washington, etc. – to be a United States Senator than Sarah Palin was to be Vice President

nice back hand slap at Sarah..

DaveC on December 9, 2008 at 4:10 PM

Interview with Caroline Kennedy, heavyweight thinker :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFfijCjG4sU

RBMN on December 9, 2008 at 4:11 PM

Nepotism is the Democrat way.

chunderroad on December 9, 2008 at 4:12 PM

“so at this point the number of Kennedys in the Senate is capped mainly by their own reproductive capacity.”

…. amd their proximity to canals and police barricades after consuming gallons of gin.

fogw on December 9, 2008 at 4:13 PM

Why does she even want the seat? She’s always avoided doing…well anything really. At least Biden’s son had the decency to not take his dad’s seat by appointment. He let dad work the governor to appoint a caretaker until he can run for it in 2010. That’s at least marginally better than this.

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 4:15 PM

If the woman had enough qualifications to wash her own clothes or clean her own house she would realize that she is not even anywhere close to qualified for High Office. An inherited political aristocracy is mysterious intolerable.

PercyB on December 9, 2008 at 4:15 PM

In Delaware, Joe Bidens’ aid will be getting the senate seat by special appointment.. and it looks like Bo Biden is gearing up to run in a special election in 2010 for Bid Daddy Joe’s seat..

Nepotism indeed.

DaveC on December 9, 2008 at 4:15 PM

Vacancy: NY senator.

Experience: None, same as the US presidency. :(

poxoma on December 9, 2008 at 4:16 PM

I wonder if Gibson is going to ask her the level of hubris it takes to accept a Senate seat with 0 political knowledge or experience.

V15J on December 9, 2008 at 4:16 PM

I’d bet Sweet Caroline will soon be the junior Senator from NY anyway. They’ll probably then groom her for a presidential run. I think one of the Dem’s wet dreams was to have John-John in that role.

ddrintn on December 9, 2008 at 4:17 PM

It’s our little thing; we keep it all in nella Famiglia.

Tzetzes on December 9, 2008 at 4:17 PM

DaveC on December 9, 2008 at 4:10 PM

No joke.

I personally don’t want someone comfortable with the ‘ways of Washington,’ Ross. I want someone who is going to tell Washington where to get off.

meltenn on December 9, 2008 at 4:18 PM

Yes, our Camelot. So sad.

Esthier on December 9, 2008 at 4:19 PM

“If the woman had enough qualifications to wash her own clothes or clean her own house she would realize that she is not even anywhere close to qualified for High Office”

Are you kidding? Obama, Biden, Clinton, Clinton, Rangel, Shummer, Pelosi, Reid, Franks, Dodd, Durbin, Jefferson.

Carolyn Kennedy would INSTANTLY be THE most qualified Democrats in Washington….and the smartest.

notagool on December 9, 2008 at 4:21 PM

I heard they have Patterson on tape complaining that he has to give this “motherf***er his senator. F*** him. For nothing? F*** him.

grdred944 on December 9, 2008 at 4:22 PM

Caroline Kennedy deserves the Senate seat because of the DIVINE RIGHT OF POLITICAL DYNASTIES–no experience or elections are needed here. This is like the Princess Elizabeth taking over after the English King died. To hell with the peasants and their droll elections–let them eat grass!
***
Camelot II will be back–along with the Messiah’s rolling back global warming and ocean rise.
***
John Bibb

rocketman on December 9, 2008 at 4:22 PM

Caroline was 3 years younger than I was when her father was assinated. It was the worst thing in the world at the time, seeing his kids on tv (being a kid myself). But come one, “Camelot” is over. She hasn’t the skills to take on this responsibility, unless all she has to do is choose the right finger foods, smile for the society pages and drum up cash for her party. I’d like to think Hillary did a little more than that.

scalleywag on December 9, 2008 at 4:23 PM

Carolyn Kennedy would INSTANTLY be THE most qualified Democrats in Washington….and the smartest democrat.

notagool on December 9, 2008 at 4:21 PM

modified some..

DaveC on December 9, 2008 at 4:24 PM

” When I returned Mary Jo and the car were gone ”

Let her be a Senator as long as she promises not to pilot her own plane.

DeweyWins on December 9, 2008 at 4:24 PM

But Ted, if she is rich the same way that you are, she hasn’t worked a day in her life. So the only thing that she is qualified for is to have her taxes raised.

Harpoon on December 9, 2008 at 4:26 PM

you know why the Kennedy’s where never boxers?

None of them could take a shot to the head..

DaveC on December 9, 2008 at 4:26 PM

We used to have little Caroline’s cousin as Lt. Governor in MD. What a santimonious idiot. When she later ran for governor the prospects were so scary the predictable left leaning voter base elected the first republican in forty years.

Enough of these people! No more royalty in the US!

Dukehoopsfan on December 9, 2008 at 4:28 PM

Hold on a minute,I thought Hopey was
going to screw over the ‘Dirty Rotten Filthy
Rich’,

and spread the wealth around!

Whats needed here is a program,or a money
scam,(paging Barney the ‘Banking Queen’)that
allows the Liberal poor and destitute to buy
a political seat!

canopfor on December 9, 2008 at 4:29 PM

One thing’s for certain though, the media isn’t going to obsess about Caroline’s pregnancies or how much her wardrobe costs. She’ll be annointed, not appointed.

scalleywag on December 9, 2008 at 4:40 PM

Weren’t the Dems giving Romney crap for having the where with all to run his own campaign?!

and a lollypop and gumdrop cabinet.

I feel better already.

BacaDog on December 9, 2008 at 3:54 PM

Me too. I am resurrecting the kids’ Candy Land from the game closet.
I think it might be the same as Obama’s Oidja(sp?) board he’ll be using when he gets in the White House.

Badger40 on December 9, 2008 at 4:40 PM

No way, no how is U.S. Sen. Charles Shumer going to allow another celebrity female to usurp his goal of being New York’s high profile senator, a role he still thinks was stolen from him when Hillary ran and won in 2000. The only way Caroline gets the seat is if she promises to hide in a closet for the next two years and never make an appearance in front of the television cameras without getting Chuckie’s OK.

jon1979 on December 9, 2008 at 4:47 PM

I have no problem with people that come from the same families getting elected if they are qualified.

My friend could rebuild a computer by the time he was 10 (at a time when most people still didn’t have access to their own computer) because his dad worked extensively with computers. He’s now gone into computers (at the same company as his father). Is this a dynasty or is it a case of someone gaining skills because they were able to gain exposure to something due to their parent’s job?

If Caroline Kennedy showed a knack for leadership and had clear policy proposals and plans for what needs to be done once she gets into office (even if they are crappy Democrat plans), I’d feel a lot better about it.

There are a lot of politician’s kids in this country. There are a lot of millionaires (and their kids) in this country. I would be willing to bet that most of them wouldn’t make good senators.

Not that it makes any difference. They’ll appoint who they appoint and that’s that.

JadeNYU on December 9, 2008 at 4:53 PM

Nothing personal against Caroline excepting the obvious arrogance she was born into. The original ‘Camelot” was a media-made myth just as they are trying to do the same with Obama. God save the King…

DCJeff on December 9, 2008 at 4:59 PM

Oh great, now both she & Ted can distort the facts together. Have you ever heard this woman talk? I’d call it BORING and not to be mistaken as a serious intellect, but then the whole family is IQ challenged in my opinion. That’s why they qualify for more Darwin Awards than any other family in America. Hey Princess, you’re no Sarah Palin. You aren’t even a Hillary.

Done That on December 9, 2008 at 5:02 PM

Just because she is a Kennedy she qualifies for the Senate? Ok, I have an axe in my garage, does that make me a lumberjack?

milwife88 on December 9, 2008 at 5:18 PM

Too friggin’ funny!

Y-not on December 9, 2008 at 5:19 PM

Kennedy, Clinton, Snopes.

whitetop on December 9, 2008 at 5:22 PM

Prole? Sinecure? Hoi polloi? Noblesse oblige?

Egads! Wiliam F. Buckley’s ghost has possessed our beloved blogger!

Valiant on December 9, 2008 at 5:23 PM

See . . . Richard Bradley at Slate for a primer on Caroline’s career. Not much of substance, not much by way of fraternizing with the hoi polloi . . .

She’s a Democrat, so she is highly qualified by their standards.

Mallard T. Drake on December 9, 2008 at 5:31 PM

What an excellent reason for NOT apppointing her.

jeanie on December 9, 2008 at 5:32 PM

DaveC on December 9, 2008 at 4:26 PM

More than a little tasteless, and not in a good way by any means.

Mallard T. Drake on December 9, 2008 at 5:33 PM

Geez… what ever happened with elections?

Anyone? Anyone?

upinak on December 9, 2008 at 3:46 PM

Elections? What are those?

Aronne on December 9, 2008 at 5:38 PM

When did Senate seats become hereditary? Of course with this Democratic Congress, one can never tell. Maybe they should change the name of the Senate to The House Of Lords.

GarandFan on December 9, 2008 at 5:39 PM

so at this point the number of Kennedys in the Senate is capped mainly by their own reproductive capacity

Well, that set against their penchant for killing themselves (and others) in stupid ways. . .

holdfast on December 9, 2008 at 5:39 PM

I learned a new word today! Proles

tlynch001 on December 9, 2008 at 5:40 PM

In the great, ethical tradition established for their clan by “Honey Fitz” Fitzgerald, ladies and gentlemen, Senator Caroline Kennedy.

For those of you who don’t know, Teddy Kennedy’s Grandfather was a very connected bootlegger.

kingsjester on December 9, 2008 at 5:43 PM

Wrong, Teddy. No more Kennedy’s, no more Clinton’s, and no more Bush’s. Time to get out of this rut.

petefrt on December 9, 2008 at 5:49 PM

I learned a new word today! Proles

tlynch001 on December 9, 2008 at 5:40 PM

Heh, good word, as in ‘the pols tell the proles what to think.’

petefrt on December 9, 2008 at 5:58 PM

Oh come on, you guys are being way too hard on Caroline. I am sure she can see Cuba from her kitchen window …!

Badbrucskie on December 9, 2008 at 6:08 PM

Woah, AP…best write-up I’ve read in a while. You really don’t like the Kennedys.

jimmy the notable on December 9, 2008 at 6:56 PM

Oh come on, you guys are being way too hard on Caroline. I am sure she can see Cuba from her kitchen window …!

Badbrucskie on December 9, 2008 at 6:08 PM

I can’t imagine what a Kennedy would be doing in a kitchen. Don’t they have servants?

ddrintn on December 9, 2008 at 7:05 PM

I can’t imagine what a Kennedy would be doing in a kitchen. Don’t they have servants?

Yep, the people of Massachusetts seem to enjoy serving them very well.

drunyan8315 on December 9, 2008 at 7:21 PM

This is nothing more than political payback. I have nothing against Caroline Kennedy, but–as a New Yorker–I don’t want someone who’s never run nor never been elected to political office to represent me.

Latest scuttlebutt is that Rep King has thrown his hat into the ring. Imagine a staunch Repub replacing HIll!!

redfoxbluestate on December 9, 2008 at 7:25 PM

Isn’t she a mother with children? How can she be a good mother and run for high national elected office? She should stay home and take care of her children.

PatMac on December 9, 2008 at 8:16 PM

I say Paris Hilton – no kids and lots of money.

la.rt.wngr on December 9, 2008 at 10:08 PM

Dodd, Kennedy, Levin, Dingell.

The Democrats are the party of hereditary privilege. She’s done nothing to merit being a United States Senator other than being a member of the lucky sperm club. When Mel Carnahan was posthumously elected senator from Missouri his wife Jean was appointed to replace him. I’d have less of a problem if Bill Clinton was appointed to replace his wife than with Caroline Kennedy. At least Billy Jeff has a resume as governor and president. Like Jean Carnahan, he’d be close to the policy stances of his spouse and more likely express the wishes of New York voters in the last election. It’s not like Bill would be any more or less liberal than Caroline.

rokemronnie on December 9, 2008 at 11:28 PM

This is the “Carpetbagger Seat,” formerly held by her Uncle Bobbie. (and Jim Buckley of Connecticut, and Pat Moynihan of (mostly) DC).

Flar on December 9, 2008 at 11:42 PM

When did Senate seats become hereditary? Of course with this Democratic Congress, one can never tell. Maybe they should change the name of the Senate to The House Of Lords.

GarandFan on December 9, 2008

Well played; service ace. And why not? That’s how they view themselves. It would certainly be more honest. We don’t need Senators who can think or legislate responsibly as long as they have the right pedigree.

SKYFOX on December 10, 2008 at 4:54 AM

What is the difference to this and Illinois?

right2bright on December 10, 2008 at 9:02 AM

This country is so corrupt. Making phone calls from a position of power to obtain government employment for a relative should land people in jail, period.

Baphomet on December 10, 2008 at 10:59 AM