Report: Caroline Kennedy to be next US Ambassador to Canada?

posted at 4:01 pm on February 7, 2013 by Ed Morrissey

Ambassadorships are the fairy dust of domestic goodwill for every President, and usually go to either big donors or prominent political supporters.  While some go to professional diplomats, a significant percentage usually go to cronies for loyalty, both present and future.  With that said, the latest trial balloon from State and the White House is a bit curious:

Caroline Kennedy is the “leading contender” on the short list of candidates President Obama is considering to be the next ambassador to Canada, a senior Democratic official tells Fox News.

Kennedy, the daughter of the late President Kennedy and Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, has been a strong political and financial supporter of Obama. The confirmation that she’s being strongly considered comes as the Canadian press is abuzz about the possible picks.

In one sense, it’s not all that curious. Democrats have tried to get the daughter of America’s Camelot involved in politics for a number of years.  The late Ed Koch exhorted then-NY governor David Paterson to “think of the DNA” when Paterson had to appoint a replacement for Hillary Clinton in the US Senate in early 2009.  That idea died a quick death with the public when Caroline started publicly campaigning for the appointment, which went to Kirsten Gillibrand instead.  Afterward, there was a brief push to appoint her as the American ambassador to the Vatican, which went nowhere much faster.

So, why curious?  First, Kennedy doesn’t have any diplomatic experience, which isn’t disqualifying for US Ambassador positions for reasons I’ve already stated.  But Kennedy’s background as a philanthropist and writer hasn’t had much to do with international relations at all, and nothing specific to Canada.  Meanwhile, Obama has a much more high-profile candidate with a much better resumé — and who is Canadian by birth, rather than American political royalty, emphasis mine:

Canadian newspapers have been floating other possible candidates to the spot in the past few weeks. Among those rumored to be on the list: Former Washington governor Christine Gregoire, former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm, retired Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe of Maine and Detroit Mayor Dave Bing.

There were few Obama supporters more, er, enthusiastic than Granholm.  She pegged the needle on that score at the Democratic convention, and worked the stump for Obama in the 2012 election cycle.  Furthermore, as Governor of Michigan, she has some experience in working with neighboring Canada on security and economic issues.  She won’t be a threat to other Democrats looking for profile boosts heading into the 2016 presidential cycle because of her ineligibility for the office.  Unless Kennedy is thinking about entering electoral politics, which besides her brief flirtation with the Senate appointment she’s avoided, why choose her over someone more prepared?

Of course, we said the same thing about Chuck Hagel and Michele Flournoy, too.


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Does she speak French?

Schadenfreude on February 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM

You know, eh?

Christien on February 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Canada will not find this funny! :)

ThePrez on February 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

US ambassadors, with few exceptions in history, are never any good.

1. They are not trained/educated in the trait.

2. Hardly ever are they chosen for background, knowledge of local language/land/etc….

3. It’s all a payback system for the last fool elected to the WH.

S/b taken seriously but hardly ever is.

The world laughs at the US, with 1001 justifications.

Were it not so dire it w/b risible.

Schadenfreude on February 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Goodness, I guess the chelsea wasn’t interested? Gotta keep all this in the ‘elite’ family/donors for the give aways don’t we?
L

letget on February 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Has Canada been naughty?

Blake on February 7, 2013 at 4:08 PM

Why do we keep trying to piss off Canada?

ctmom on February 7, 2013 at 4:09 PM

Maxine Waters w/b better.

Schadenfreude on February 7, 2013 at 4:10 PM

She’s not your buddy, Guy!!

I love South Park!

Talon on February 7, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Do we have a new Libyan Ambassador yet?

joejm65 on February 7, 2013 at 4:16 PM

Could she make Nelson stop touring?

Ronnie on February 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Canada to declare war in 3, 2, 1,

rbj on February 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Could she make Nelson stop touring?

Ronnie on February 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

I mean Hanson (although if she wants to work on the other one…)

Ronnie on February 7, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Barky should do it, eh.

They have it coming, eh. Send them CK and an iPod of Biden’s best farts.

Eh.

CorporatePiggy on February 7, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Will there be any driving or piloting involved???

phreshone on February 7, 2013 at 4:19 PM

My Canadian friend reminded me that there’s still a position open in Libya.

I guess freezing your butt off makes for an odd sense of humor humour.

Hill60 on February 7, 2013 at 4:19 PM

Could she make Nelson stop touring?

Ronnie on February 7, 2013 at 4:17 PM

I mean Hanson (although if she wants to work on the other one…)

Ronnie on February 7, 2013 at 4:18 PM

Nelson was from California, Hanson was from Oklahoma. Neither of them is Canada’s fault.

J.S.K. on February 7, 2013 at 4:22 PM

I am all for exporting Kennedy’s

portlandon on February 7, 2013 at 4:23 PM

Caroline Kennedy? LOL. She’s never even held a job. She can barely speak English. What a total joke our government is.

Of course, when you’ve got an ineligible, 84 IQ America-hater re-elected … I guess this is par for the course. The Kennedy bloodline demands that the feral government employ the unskilled Caroline. Okey doke.

On the bright side, that’s one Kennedy who will be out of the country.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 7, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Nelson was from California, Hanson was from Oklahoma. Neither of them is Canada’s fault.

J.S.K. on February 7, 2013 at 4:22 PM

The Hansons in Slap Shot were Canadians.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 7, 2013 at 4:25 PM

why choose her over someone more prepared?

Why would this woefully incompetent administration even consider appointing anyone remotely competent or experienced?
Caroline Kennedy may be an unprepared dingbat but she’s an entitled unprepared dingbat.

Buttercup on February 7, 2013 at 4:25 PM

“No, Canadia, we don’t want your dirty, dirty oil… but you can have our clean, pristine Kennedian princess.”

Jeddite on February 7, 2013 at 4:26 PM

Does she speak French?

Schadenfreude on February 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM

I think, like you know, eee-bonics or whatever.

VorDaj on February 7, 2013 at 4:27 PM

two words we would hear a lot from her would be”

“You know”

and by a lot, I mean after every other word

you know

dmart81 on February 7, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Does she speak French?

Schadenfreude on February 7, 2013 at 4:04 PM

Dude, it’s all about Spanish, these days. Didn’t you get the memo? We’re speaking Spanish to everyone … just because.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 7, 2013 at 4:28 PM

Proof:

dmart81 on February 7, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Let me chime in as a Canadian here by using the words of the great Georges “Rush” St. Pierre:

President Obama “I am not impressed by your performance!”

can_con on February 7, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Granholm would make a lot of sense, actually. So we know that won’t happen.

krome on February 7, 2013 at 4:32 PM

It’s Canada. It’s not like it’s a real country. It’s probably the easiest gig they can find for her.

Dan_Yul on February 7, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Granholm would make a lot of sense, actually. So we know that won’t happen.

krome on February 7, 2013 at 4:32 PM

You can’t make a Canadian citizen an ambassador to Canada. You really are supposed to have someone unconnected to the nation as ambassador – though not unconnected to humanity and rational thought like a Kennedy.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 7, 2013 at 4:34 PM

This must be retaliation for the Keystone XL pipeline.

Another Drew on February 7, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Could get Drywall out of the basement.

fogw on February 7, 2013 at 4:36 PM

It’s all on topic, your taxes.

Schadenfreude on February 7, 2013 at 4:36 PM

Imagine a conversation between Caroline, Daryl and his brother Daryl:

eh?
yeah
Like, I now!
yeah?
eh
I mean, really?
yeah
eh?
Like, really!

Beer hunter!!

DanMan on February 7, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Granholm is nuts.

C. Kennedy is inept.

Maxine Waters is both.

Schadenfreude on February 7, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Wacko-lib Billionaire LADY PARTS … FORWARD!

Pork-Chop on February 7, 2013 at 4:37 PM

It’s Canada. It’s not like it’s a real country.
Dan_Yul on February 7, 2013 at 4:34 PM

Ahem?? Waiting for you to rephrase that!

can_con on February 7, 2013 at 4:39 PM

At least, Caroline Kennedy is finally getting an entry-level job. It took a while.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 7, 2013 at 4:39 PM

What if Canada doesn’t want her?

darwin on February 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Report: Caroline Kennedy to be next US Ambassador to Canada?

That what’s called: “scrapping the bottom of the barrel,” “you know” (the latter is one of the MOST INTELLIGENT utterances caroline makes).

TeaPartyNation on February 7, 2013 at 4:42 PM

Q: Ambassador Kennedy, what is the capital of Canada?

A: Juneau.

Christien on February 7, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Christien on February 7, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Marylin Monroe was once asked

“Where is Canada?”

“Somewhere up there, in the mountains”.

Plus, most think that Montreal is the capital.

Schadenfreude on February 7, 2013 at 4:47 PM

If the Canada gig doesn’t work out Libya is open…

Kuffar on February 7, 2013 at 4:48 PM

Canada is still around?

Jeez, I thought it had become the Northern Province of North Dakota.

Go figure.

Bruno Strozek on February 7, 2013 at 4:52 PM

The Dope Presidency rolls on.

Jaibones on February 7, 2013 at 4:53 PM

We have an ambassador in Canada?

What ever for?

mojo on February 7, 2013 at 4:57 PM

We have an ambassador in Canada?
What ever for?
mojo on February 7, 2013 at 4:57 PM

Where’s Canopfor when he’s really needed! Geeze louise, what’s with all the Canada bashing?

I know we gave you Celine but come on!!

can_con on February 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Does she know the meaning of “hoser”, and “take-off”?

listens2glenn on February 7, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Where’s Canopfor when he’s really needed! Geeze louise, what’s with all the Canada bashing?

I know we gave you Celine but come on!!

can_con on February 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Celine aside, Canada’s got some beautiful women.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on February 7, 2013 at 5:10 PM

I know we gave you Celine but come on!!

can_con on February 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

Yikes…should have kept her, good one.

Schadenfreude on February 7, 2013 at 5:15 PM

OK…then what are her qualifications?

Can she speak Canadian????

Didn’t think so.

:-)

coldwarrior on February 7, 2013 at 5:16 PM

former Michigan governor Jennifer Granholm

…as much as it makes me ill to say this…Kennedy would be a better pick…and smarter?
…we had the misfit mole for 8 years and she destroyed Michigan!

KOOLAID2 on February 7, 2013 at 5:17 PM

Caroline says. “Ahh … ahh … ahh.” Canadians say, “Eh?”

bw222 on February 7, 2013 at 5:18 PM

Schadenfreude on February 7, 2013 at 5:15 PM

We kept Shania, at least as long as we could!

can_con on February 7, 2013 at 5:18 PM

With Justin Bieber living here I’m more interested in who the hell is the Canadian ambassador to the US and what are you going to do about this.

Marcus on February 7, 2013 at 5:20 PM

I know we gave you Celine but come on!!

can_con on February 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I think this may be payback for Dave Drywall (or whatever that moron’s name is).

bw222 on February 7, 2013 at 5:23 PM

Currently it’s Gary Doer, previous job was Premiere of the Province of Manitoba for ten years. A little more serious qualifications than CK. but then whoever could accuse BHO of being serious?

can_con on February 7, 2013 at 5:24 PM

Goodness, I guess the chelsea wasn’t interested? Gotta keep all this in the ‘elite’ family/donors for the give aways don’t we?
L

letget on February 7, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Just wait……..

avagreen on February 7, 2013 at 5:39 PM

Remember when she had that awkward lunch with Al Sharpton at Sylvia’s in Harlam as she was trying to be appointed to Hilary’s senate seat. That alone should qualify her. /

Brat on February 7, 2013 at 5:43 PM

News Flash for Obama – Camelot is DEAD!

GarandFan on February 7, 2013 at 6:01 PM

She’s an idiot…

…but then, she is an Obama supporter.

1921 C DRUM on February 7, 2013 at 6:20 PM

Oui!

They will like her.

She could study their healthcare, too.

From the Canadian Frasier Institute via Wikki:

Waiting Your Turn: Wait Times for Health Care in Canada[21] is the (Frasier) Institute’s annual report on hospital waiting times in Canada, based on a nationwide survey of physicians and health care practitioners. The twentieth annual survey, released December 2010, found that the total waiting time between referral from a general practitioner and delivery of elective treatment by a specialist, averaged across 12 specialties and 10 provinces surveyed, had risen from 16.1 weeks in 2009 to 18.2 weeks in 2010.[21]

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IlikedAUH2O on February 7, 2013 at 6:24 PM

My Canadian Beavers will give Kennedy a warm reception at the border,she better
have her Birth Certificate on her!
(sarc).

canopfor on February 7, 2013 at 6:40 PM

Take Granholm. MI doesn’t need or want her here anymore!!!!!!!!!

karenhasfreedom on February 7, 2013 at 6:45 PM

Don’t we have an opening in Libya?

lonestar1 on February 7, 2013 at 7:38 PM

So I guess Canada will soon be enhancing its border security both across its southern border and the American embassy compound, eh?

But for the respective Kennedy, Bush, and (to a lesser extent) Clinton clans, I guess politicians wouldn’t exist in the contemporary U.S. Say, maybe we could isolate just them and save the nation on the cheap.

AnonymousDrivel on February 7, 2013 at 7:57 PM

Where’s Canopfor when he’s really needed! Geeze louise, what’s with all the Canada bashing?

I know we gave you Celine but come on!!

can_con on February 7, 2013 at 5:05 PM

I think it’s more good natured ribbing than bashing. I liked Canada when I visited and other than the customs people and one bookstore clerk the people I met there were nice.

I think Rush and Gordon Lightfoot counteract Celiene.

Dan_Yul on February 7, 2013 at 8:25 PM

I think it’s more good natured ribbing than bashing. I liked Canada when I visited and other than the customs people and one bookstore clerk the people I met there were nice.

I think Rush and Gordon Lightfoot counteract Celiene.

Dan_Yul on February 7, 2013 at 8:25 PM

Yah, just ribbing on you to pass the time. Besides, we all know from the previous egg thread a few days ago that most Hot Gassers can’t live without our back bacon!

can_con on February 7, 2013 at 8:43 PM