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Re: Caroline Kennedy is Sarah Palin 2.0

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Bill’s resonse to Sydney’s post, “Caroline Kennedy is Sarah Palin 2.0

Now I absolutely love Caroline Kennedy, and I absolutely do not love Sarah Palin, but you do make some interesting comparisons between them. Kennedy is less qualified than Andrew Cuomo, and it is true that she hasn’t won (or even run for) an elected office before.

However, not only does she have reasonable qualifications, her celebrity is actually a huge asset for the hypothetical Senator Caroline Kennedy, but for the state of New York as well. 

Qualifications
First off, Caroline Kennedy has grown up in a family that is practically synonymous with American politics, so she’s not stepping into this arena without a clear idea of how things work. She also knows just about every person out there if she has any questions.

Second, she hasn’t just been sitting around all these years. She didn’t just “raise some money,” she was the director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships for the the New York City Department of Education. She took a $1 a year salary and helped raise $65 million dollars. That’s true stateswomanship. 

Celebrity
True, I didn’t like Sarah Palin. I didn’t think an exciting inexperienced woman was qualified to be President, and that’s what the VP needs to be, a worst-case-scenario backup President.

In the Senate, however, celebrity goes a long way. Hillary Clinton was a powerhouse in the Senate, and that was largely because if she wanted something done she could go on the press and people would talk about it, because Hillary Clinton was a household name across the country. You can’t find a better household name than “Kennedy.” 

Now these are reasons that I think Caroline Kennedy would be a good Senator. However, as you point out, less than a third of New Yorkers agree with me. That’s Gov. Paterson’s problem. He’s the only voter that Cuomo, Kennedy, or any other interested candidate needs to win over. Personally I like Nate Silver’s (of FiveThirtyEight.com) idea. Get all the candidates on Larry King and let the people get to know them. Then take a poll and see who’s the most popular. At the end of the day I think Caroline Kennedy would make a great Senator, but as long as Gov. Paterson doesn’t pull a Blagojevich and sell the seat to the highest bidder I’ll be happy.

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Written by Bill Watson

December 19, 2008 at 1:53 am

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  1. Caroline Kennedy may not have ever been elected but then a number of current Senators haven’t been, either.

    Hillary Clinton, for instance, had never held public office until she was elected. And, as with Hillary, Caroline has held positions in public policy organizations.

    Comparing Caroline to Sarah Palin has as much value as does the comparison of George Bush to Hilter. The two women are not at all analogous.

    I’m off to read the post to which you responded.

    sauerkraut

    December 19, 2008 at 4:35 am


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