Should Caroline Kennedy Be The Next Senator From New York?
Just what does it take to be a senator? Fundraising ability? An understanding of the issues? Electability A marquee name? Maybe we’re so depressed as a country that anything that can bring us a whiff of Camelot is acceptable. Now that Caroline Kennedy has made it known that she would like to be the next senator from New York, replacing the soon-to-be secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, it is fair to ask these questions.
Jane Hamsher at Firedoglake says, “Thanks But No Thanks.”
It’s a truly terrible idea.
Her leadership could have been really helpful when the rest of us were trying to keep the progressive lights on and getting the stuffing beaten out of us by a very well-financed right wing for the past eight years. But when things were tough, she was nowhere to be found.
Now that the Democrats are in power, she’d like to come in at the top. We have absolutely no idea if she’s qualified, or whether she can take the heat of being a Kennedy in public life. She’s certainly shown no appetite for it in the past. She’ll have a target on her back and if she can’t take it, if she crumbles, she will become a rallying point that the right will easily organize around.
Politico reports that she has hired “major Democratic fixer” Josh Isay, who Hamsher reminds us worked for Joe Lieberman and put out an ad saying he wanted to bring the troops home when he was in a tight race with Ned Lamont. Of course, that ‘s not what Lieberman stood for, and he called for an increase in troops after he was re-elected.
It’s telling that Caroline Kennedy has never wanted to run for office, and never thought to put her case before the public when she decided she wanted this job. Her first move was to pick up the phone and start working the elites, then hire a political fixer whose specialty is deceiving voters:
I think many people who aren’t emotionally leaping into the cult of personality would like to know that too, because at this point in time, nobody knows what she stands for.