Better yet, how about Caroline for president in 2016?

posted at 4:01 pm on December 17, 2008 by Allahpundit

Sounds good, but if we do it, let’s do it the right way — by electing a completely different Democratic ticket, having the VP resign and Caroline appointed to replace him, and then having the president resign. The Gerald Ford plan, in other words. That way she doesn’t have to fatigue herself by campaigning.

It tears at my heart to think that soon I’ll no longer feel right calling Hillary “Her Majesty.”

If Caroline Kennedy is appointed to the Senate and wins reelection, and Barack Obama serves two successful terms, Senator Kennedy from New York, into her second term after two high-profile campaigns, having amazed the pundits with her ability to step on and off charter jets in Rochester and be friendly to members of the City Council, will be an automatic top-tier candidate for president.

The Kennedy-Clinton primary will be a thing to watch.

She’s the people’s choice, unless you count Andrew Cuomo.

I’m trying to imagine what she could do as a senator to get the public to take her seriously as a potential president. She’s palatable to New Yorkers partly because she’s filling a seat held by another celebrity who traded on her name, partly because there are no stars among the state’s dreary crop of congressional backbenchers, and partly because there’s only so much mischief an unqualified legacy pick with serious connections can get up to in the Senate. If it’s a choice between Caroline and, say, Carolyn Maloney, in other words, why not pick the one you’ve heard of? If it’s a choice between Caroline and Hillary or Mark Warner for control of the nuclear football, though? Anything’s possible in eight years, but from what we know of Caroline’s persona, she doesn’t strike me as someone likely to be out in front on the floor, pounding the podium and championing vital legislation. Which is the only way she’ll escape the impression that she’s a chair-filler.

But we can hope. Nothing would be finer than a nepotism cage match between the Clintons and Kennedys for the nomination while Chelsea and Michelle Obama inevitably eye Senate runs of their own. Here’s the latest scoop from the trail in furtherance of that end. She’s not quite ready yet for tough questions like, um, are you qualified, but she’s getting there.


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The Race Card on December 17, 2008 at 4:51 PM

Just using sick humor, a caricature of how bad she nauseates me and for a good reason. She is a caricature of how ridiculous name recognition and media fawning are in politics today. I’ve never even heard this aristocrat speak, but I’ve heard gushing reviews from the MSM. Hillary we knew intimately to the point of having too much information, Obama we knew, he became President because of one nationally televised speech. With Caroline, the NY political establishment said, “Hey you, come over here, you want to be a Senator?” This is ridiculously nauseating. What kind of mindless lumps could actually say, “boy that’s a great choice”. This is politics for the remedial.

LevStrauss on December 17, 2008 at 10:01 PM

The best thing is, Ms. Kennedy is eminently qualified according to the principles of the Palin Doctrine.

benny shakar on December 17, 2008 at 10:07 PM

I’ve never even heard this aristocrat speak, but I’ve heard gushing reviews from the MSM.

LevStrauss on December 17, 2008 at 10:01 PM

Listening to her is a yawner.

ddrintn on December 17, 2008 at 10:48 PM

what princess wants, princess gets!

Noneya on December 17, 2008 at 11:41 PM

what princess wants, princess gets!

Noneya on December 17, 2008 at 11:41 PM

In New York, anyway.

ddrintn on December 17, 2008 at 11:56 PM

No benny, Palin was mayor of Wasilla and is still governor of Alaska, so she has much MUCH more experience than Princess Caroline. I bet the woman doesn’t even manage her own household. No, that’s for the little people.

MBP1982 on December 18, 2008 at 1:28 AM

You’ve seen this, right MBP?

I’d say Ms. Kennedy’s experience compares very favorably. That liberal rag The New York Post seems to agree with me.

benny shakar on December 18, 2008 at 3:03 AM

More of a question than a statement, but if Caroline gets into the Senate, then decides not to run for reelection, does she get the full retirement package for a one term senator? For that matter, since they didn’t serve for a full term, does Obama or Hillary get the benefits?

The latter two will each get retirement benefits for their new positions, with the Clinton household getting retirement payments for being an ex-governor, ex-president, and ex-secretary of such_and_such, and possibly ex-senator.

Tucker Steele on December 18, 2008 at 9:50 AM

Idiots in New York and Massachusetts really love their “royal families”.

Nahanni on December 18, 2008 at 1:16 PM

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