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Senator Caroline?

Posted by Ron Coleman on December 15, 2008

Ross Douthat:

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. But if you consider where the two women started and stack their subsequent accomplishments against one another, Palin’s Alaskan career is roughly six times more impressive than Kennedy’s years as a high-minded Manhattan socialite and custodian of her family’s good name.

Yeah but.

But … what?

The prospect of this appointment makes such a pathetic joke of democracy, much less the concept of meritocracy, that you wonder which governor should be more embarrassed:  the chief executive crook of Illinois running an all-but-open auction for a Senate appointment, or a weak, unelected caretaker governor of New York bidding for the favor of New York’s party and cultural elites in the hope that perhaps he’ll be allowed to “stay on”?

UPDATE: Similarish thoughts here, via here.

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3 Responses to “Senator Caroline?”

  1. […] I think it may take a far more talented fantasist to do that. Or, I’ll just leave things to Ron Coleman: The prospect of this appointment makes such a pathetic joke of democracy, much less the concept […]

  2. I agree. Caroline Kennedy may know national politics – but hey…so do I. That’s one thing that Caroline has in common with me. Oh, another thing that we both have in common is this: NO EXPERIENCE IN PUBLIC OFFICE
    Mark
    RightWingIt.com

  3. James H said

    From my vantage point a few hundred miles away, it looks like Andrew Cuomo really would be a better choice to fill out Clinton’s term.

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