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Kennedy’s pursuit of seat snared in politics

December 25, 2008

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— Caroline Kennedy’s bid to get appointed to the Senate and extend the Camelot dynasty has run into the bare-knuckle world of New York politics, where a backlash appears to be building against her.

Some politics-watchers have accused the 51-year-old daughter of President John F. Kennedy of a series of missteps last week doing an upstate tour, when she evaded questions and in one case was hustled away by an aide after meeting with reporters for all of 30 seconds.

Some New York politicians, privately and publicly, have complained that Kennedy is jumping the line ahead of political figures with far more experience.

As the process has dragged on, political adversaries have had all the more opportunities to undercut her candidacy through various attacks.

Comments

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 7 months ago

"Where's all the investigative reporters like there was for Palin?"Exactly what deep, dank secrets do you think a former president's daughter is hiding, Tom?

jaywalker 6 years, 7 months ago

Why's it matter, bozo? What's good for the goose.....

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 7 months ago

I think you're willfully naive if you think she isn't (or hasn't been) under a good deal of scrutiny. After all, she's a daughter of "Camelot," and has had to fight off paparazzi her entire life. If there were any skeletons, we'd likely have heard of them by now.That doesn't mean she's the most qualified candidate for the job, however, and, as usual, what constitutes "qualified" when it comes to political office is not well-defined.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 7 months ago

Yea, right, Tom, there's been a virtual blackout on news from Chicago and Illinois. Your persecution complex gets really tiring.

TacoBob 6 years, 7 months ago

"That doesn't mean she's the most qualified candidate for the job, however, and, as usual, what constitutes “qualified” when it comes to political office is not well-defined."A bit of equivocation there, one could say.Either she is qualified or not. And if the Left is satisfied with her qualifications and seats her, well.....that tells the tale. One would think that all citizens would want the best of the best from either party. There are so many things wrong with her selection it's hard to know where to start. How about choosing someone via the same thought process Obama is using for his Cabinet. That is - making intelligent, informed choices for people with some real horsepower. But, she can probably throw a mean fundraiser...

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 7 months ago

"And if the Left is satisfied with her qualifications and seats her, well…..that tells the tale."The "Left" will not seat the replacement for Clinton. The governor of New York will do that, per the laws and constitution of the State of New York.

labmonkey 6 years, 7 months ago

It doesn't matter if there is something in her closet or not. Uncle Teddy should have rotted in jail for what happened at Chapaquitic, yet left leaning Mass. kept voting him in. Grandpa Joe was a Nazi sympathizer, forced a daughter to get a labotomy because she was a little slow, forced Joe Jr. to his death because he needed to do something heroic on the lines of JFK's PT109, and basically covered up any of his and his family's scandals ruthlessly. She's a Kennedy so any scandal would just roll off her back which means there is really no point in trying to dig up skeletons on her. Hell...an affair or two would make her normal in that family. Whether she is quailfied or not....we have elected a much less qualified person for president so why does that matter anymore? My only problem is that she will probably be the Dems choice for the nomination in 2016 if she gets this seat....and it would kind of be nice to retire the Kennedys, Bushs, and Clintons for once and all.

jmadison 6 years, 7 months ago

In her press conferences, the most pertinent question is "What's your last name, ma'am?"Washington, D.C. is fast becoming a small town where a nespotic dynastic oligarchy of relatives by blood or by marriage are ruling the peasantry in the hinterlands.

notajayhawk 6 years, 7 months ago

As Solomon said, gee, go figure, a political appointment for political office mired in politics. I probably don't agree with most of Ms. Kennedy's positions, but I somehow doubt the governor of NY is going to choose someone that I would pick.Putting things in perspective, how much less qualified for the senate is Ms. Kennedy than, say, the person she's replacing at the time she was elected to that seat? (Let's see: Related to a former president? Check. Okay, she's good.)

BuffyloGal 6 years, 7 months ago

First of all, NYS needed someone strong to come in when Moynihan retired. Enter Hillary. Moynihan had been in so long he seemed to be on every committee and lots of money was funneled back into NYs as a result. New Yorkers like Hillary because she had name recognition and people believed she would not sit back and wait for things to happen. As a junior Senator she did a very good job of helping NY to some of that money once again. That is one of the jobs of someone in Congress.Kennedy also has name recognition and has proven herself to be capable of working hard. Try to remember that NY is more than just NYC. There are millions of other New Yorkers also making this decision, not just the City.Funny how there were no complaints about Arnold using Ted Kennedy to get that coveted seat in California because he is married to a Kennedy.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 7 months ago

"I think most people can't wait until the Clintons and the Kennedys just go away."It's quite likely that if Clinton could have run again, he would have beaten Bush in 2000 (Gore did, and he's not nearly as good a campaigner as Clinton.) He might still be elected again if he could run.

TacoBob 6 years, 7 months ago

Kennedy has "name recognition". That makes her a powerhouse? Zero experience, except around the dinner table. What's up with the 'elect a celebrity' fad? Latest I heard is that Tim McGraw might run for office in Tennesse? GeezJesse had promise but turned out to be a doof.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 7 months ago

The O'dude's future administration is already looking like Clinton Lite.

BuffyloGal 6 years, 7 months ago

This would be the same Tennessee that elected Fred Thompson and Bill Frist, a heart surgeon who later became House Majority Leader? Yeah, celebrities are nothing new since they have enough money to run!

Tom McCune 6 years, 7 months ago

Has she ever held any elective office of any kind? Let's see. Get appointed to the Senate without having to raise money, get nominated by your party, run a campaign, get elected, etc. Nice work if you can get it! The fact that she has chosen to never run for even the most minimal public office should disqualify her.If, by some chance, she does get this job, it will be because she agreed to be an abject puppet for the party bosses.

labmonkey 6 years, 7 months ago

Really, it's New York and someone from the left is going to be appointed anyway...so if not her, then who else? She doesn't have experience which may be a good thing. It'll take her a couple years to learn how to grease the system and put pointless earmarks into bills. My only fear, again, is that she will be the Dem nominee in 2016 if appointed...and I can just see the media having a heyday with that...starting with her and John Jr. at JFK's procession.

Harpo 6 years, 7 months ago

Strictly for the entertainment value I'd love to see Blagojevich throw a real curve ball and appoint her as Senator from Iliinois.

Harpo 6 years, 7 months ago

The Senate is fast becoming the House of Lords. At the very least we should make them start wearing those goofy wigs.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 7 months ago

We need to get those highly-motivated investigators from the state of Ohio to look in Kennedy's records.

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