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I find it ironic and disengenuous that the Hillarycrat detractors of Caroline Kennedy, a New York resident for over four decades, would have the temerity to suggest that the Harvard University educated author, lawyer, and philanthropist lacks the necessary qualifications  to represent New York State in the United States Senate.   Ms. Kennedy has always been a dignified, understated and classy mover and shaker that has used her celebrity,  talent, and money to help other people.   Politically, nobody could beat her under any circumstances.   She can raise the money and would maintain the current number of women in the senate, which is already too few. Where the hell were these people when Hillary decided to accept the phony draft of New Yorkers to run for the Senate in a state she had never lived in?  Caroline Kennedy has been a New Yorker longer than the Queen of Triangulation has been a blond.   I am relieved that she has decided to throw her hat in the ring.   If David Paterson is smart, he’ll appoint Caroline without any more deliberation and secure his re-election at the same time.


		

22 thoughts on “Senator Caroline Kennedy

  1. Caroline Kennedy has been a New Yorker longer than the Queen of Triangulation has been a blond.

    Now, why didn’t you warn a Sista who was drinking when she read that?

    As usual, ICAM.

    Hillpatine is a fucking carpetbagger.

    Caroline has lived in NY since she was a child.

    Paterson, I believe, is smart enough TO SEE, that she’s the solution to his problems.

    Caroline Kennedy is a no brainer.

    Appoint her yesterday.

  2. rikyrah,

    As Governor of New York State, David Patterson has a boat load of problems, but I can’t think of any that Caroline Kennedy can’t help him with. Girlfriend is the perfect solution and she ain’t even a triangulating liar straining under the weight of sleezy ethics and a meddlesome husband with a zipper problem.

  3. zeitgeist9000

    With the exception of her direct predecessor, New York state has never had a more hard-working and dedicated servant in the Senate than Hillary. I can’t speak to Caroline Kennedy’s qualifications because frankly I don’t know that much about her. When Hillary ran in 2000, however, she visited every county in New York state, familiarized herself with the important issues, and balanced her new home state demands with her own obvious national ambitions. I don’t think she should be demonized for that.

    Hillary has done an excellent job for New York, and I hope Ms. Kennedy will do at least as well.

    Senate Guru points out rather astutely on his web site that with the departures of Barack Obama and now Ken Salazar from the Senate, there will soon be more Kennedys in the Senate than Hispanics or black people.

    But, SB, again you’re right, when someone with Kennedy’s star power, brand name recognition, and national status comes calling, there’s really nothing Governor Patterson could do but appoint her himself.

  4. zeitgeist9000

    On a slightly related topic, I suppose I’m going to again be sorry I asked, but was anyone offended by the SNL parody/portryayal of Governor Paterson?

    I wasn’t.

    “I mean, come on, I’m a blind man who loves cocaine, who is suddenly appointed Governor of New York. My life is an actual plot for a Richard Pryor movie.”

    You gotta see it for yourself….

  5. zeit,

    I didn’t think it was funny. But then, I’m ‘sensitive’ to that they can’t find a Black actor to play BLACK PEOPLE.

    when they use a Black woman to play Laura Bush, then talk to me about ‘ colorblind casting’. Until then, I’m offended.

  6. Chi

    I keep hearing of all the “great work” Hillary Clinton has done in the Senate and for New York…but I’m hard pressed to actually nail down any of it-

    Dear Zeitgeist9000, pray share…

    On an another note…if Caroline Kennedy was really about exploiting her family name & legacy, I doubt she would have waited this long-

    I do believe she is able, qualified, disciplined and focused enough to do absolutely great things with no hidden agenda & no conflicting personal ambitions…

    I will personally fundraise for and support her all the way!

  7. Hello there!

    I think that there are many people speculating about WHY Caroline Kennedy has decided to step into the role of Senator.

    It’s a no brainer. This country is going to hell in a hand basket and everyone who is ABLE to wield influence on a broad level in a way that will produce positive change for this country better step off of the yacht and out of obscurity NOW.

    I think Caroline now realizes that this nation needs more of her leadership on the front lines.

    Her mother always said in interviews that Caroline was the child that she felt would be the best-suited for public life.

    Caroline got married and devoted her life to her children while maintaining a STRONG presence in the political arena supporting progressive-thinking candidates WITHOUT having her name in every issue and cause that she has been advancing from the sidelines.

    Obama did not bring her out front simply because her last name was Kennedy. He knew that she had a very seasoned understanding of the political machine in his country because her own family has helped to shape that political machine.

    People claim that sitting on boards is not “REAL” experience. They have never served on a board with a significant role because boards members hire and fire organization and corporate officials and shape policy and guide organizations to market leadership. Board members are responsible for evaluating the implementaion of initiatives and for evaluating the effectiveness of leadership practices.

    Caroline has had this responsibility for decades. I don’t feel we should take it lightly.

    Caroline is unimpressed by wealth and power and is the least likely to be “bought” by Washington special interest groups. Caroline also understands consensus building. She will be a unifier and I believe that is vitally necessary.

    Peace, blessings and DUNAMIS!
    Lisa

  8. Candace

    Though I’m glad that Caroline is now interested in a political career, i personally think that she should wait until 2010 and RUN for teh position rather than CAMPAIGN to be APPOINTED!!!

    Say what you want about Hillary, but she did RUN for the position and WON..That’s not CARPETBAGGING..Thast’s putting yourself out there before the voters and letting them decide…

    I’m sure Caroline will win hands down, but there are alot of other HARDWORKING, DESERVING NY POLITICIANS WHO PATERSON CAN CHOOSE FROM….i.e. Gregory Meeks, Eliot Spitzer, Charles Rangel, david Dinkins…

    B/C afterall, w/the departure of Barack, THERE ARE NO AAs. in the Senate…

    And, Chi, those detractors were there when Hillary announced her bid in 1999….I see you are very BIASED AGAIN T HILLARY to the extent that you have tunnel vision & see only what you want to see…

    They said she had no exp. & she didn’t and they said a whole host of other things…you knew that right..But, she gave the peo. of NY a chance to voice their opinion about her credentials….THE PEO. OF NY DECIDED ON 2 OCCASSIONS TO SEND HILLARY TO THE SENATE…NOT THE GOV. OF NY…I BELIEVE, CHI, THAT’S A BIG DIFF…

    And, it’s not just Hillalry backers who have a prob. w/Caroline coming out of the woodworks DEMANDING this APPT….. In fact, Paterson will prob. pay a price in upstate NY for giving in to the pressure and appting herr. If her last name were not Kennedy, she wouldn’t even be on the radar!!! This entire situation reeks of ENTITLEMENT & DYNASTY…that’s what most detractors are turned off by…..

    And, finally, the same arguments SB, that you make for Caroline are true for Hillary…She was an excellent fundraiser, she brought natl. attn. to NY, she also worked her but off to bring monies to NY, esp. upstate…they love her up there, b/c she visited conservative districts that hadn’t been visited by a dem. in yrs….

    SB, this just my humble opinion. but ya know, SB, you know everything, so I’m sure you’re right… But I ;hold the Clintons in the same regard as the Kennedys… THEY HAVE HAVE THE SAME PASSION FOR POLITICS, THE SAMR COMPASSION FOR PEO. AND THE SAME CONSTITUENTS AND FOES!!!!…. They don’t deserve this very HEAVY-HANDED LASHING that they seem to get… Just as the Kennedys didn’t deserve to be assasinated!!!!!…

  9. Candace

    Also, SB, Chi,

    Isn’t her last name SCHLOSSBERG? Why doesn’t she use her married last name? Now, Chi, if Chelsea Clinton got married and ran for office using her maiden last name rather than her married last anme you would have a cow….. There would not be enough critical words for you to describe how she’s an opportunist, a carpetbagger, etc…

    Why does Caroline get a pass? Also, Caroline stated during the primaries when she supported Barack that she wanted CHANGE, and CHANGE to her meant FRESH FACES, NEW BLOOD!!!

    The Kennedy name is hardly NEW BLOOD..It’s hardly CHANGE.. Now, CHI, isn’t she being OPPORTUNISTIC & HYPOCRITICAL.. I want to see how you explain this behavior……It’s funny how she’s actually turning out to be a POLITICIAN like the rest of them…Which is cool, I have no prob. w/it… I understand it…AS long as they do some good for the little guy, and beleive she will, i feel that the CLINTONS HAVE!!!

    Just my thoughts!!!…

  10. Chi

    Candace: In one sentence, the Clintons are full of it…And blackmailing/strongarming folk into endorsing/supporting doesn’t quite count for much in my books-

    I’ll say it again, if Caroline Kennedy was about exploiting her family legacy and name she certainly would have done this much, much sooner-

    She’s brilliant, ethical and solid; but most importantly, she brings much needed dignity, grace and integrity long missing in politics-

    Oh and by the way, I’m not into quotas…I always root for the brightest, the best and the most decent…And Caroline truly epitomizes that and is the Change I believe in…

  11. Candace

    Chi,

    Just out of curiosity, what are the Clintons full that is sooo much different from the Kennedys? Case in point, When Hillary was tapped by Barack for SOS, the fact is that Tedddy Kennedy STARTED MAKING PHONE CALLS TO GOV. PATERSON PLUGGING CAROLINE. Isn’t that STRONG ARMING people to DO WHAT YOU WANT THEM TO DO?..

    The fact is Chi, I don’t know of a politician who DOES use INFLUENCE to get their WAY!!!..Heck, influence is teh greatest power they have….

    Also, Caroline herself has made phone calls making it known to INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE THAT SHE’S INTERESTED IN THIS APPT….AGAIN, CHI, ISN’T THAT STRONGARMING PEO & EXPLOITING YOUR FAMILY NAME TO GET WHAT YOPU WANT?…

    CHI, IF CHELSEA CLINTON DID THE EXACT SAME THING THAT CAROLINE IS DOING, WOULDN’T YOU CALL IT STRONGARMING & EXPLOITING HER FAMILY’S NAME?

    aND, CAROLINE EVEN REACHED OUT HILLARY….I BET SHE HASN’T TALKED TO HILLARY PRIOR….AND THIS IS A WOMAN SHE DIDN’T EVEN ENDORSE….WHY WOULD YOU REACH OUT TO A WOMAN YOU DIDN’T EVEN ENDORSE…WHY DIDN’T SHE REACH OUT TO BARACK?

    CHI, THESE ARE QUESTIONS I HAVE ABOUT YOUR JUDGEMENT OF THE CLINTONS….IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE CLINTONS ARE VERY MUCH LIKE THE KENNEDYS…WHICH IS WHY THE KENNEDYS SEEM TO EMBRACE THE CLINTONS…RKJ & HIS SISTER BOTH ENDORSED HILLARY…AND JACKIE INVITED THEM SEVERAL TIMES TO MARTHA’S VINEYARD DURING BILL’S PRES….

    DON’T GET ME WRONG, I LIKE THE KENNEDYS, I LIKE THE CLINTONS & I LIKE THE OBAMAMS…I SEE ALOT OF SIMILARITIES BETWEEN THESE PEOPLE, ESP. THE MEN…IN FACT BILL’S HERO WAS JFK, & IN MY OPINION THEY ARE VERY MUCH ALIKE…..

    IN THIS INSTANCE, THOUGH, I FEEL THAT CAROLINE SHOULD PROB. WAIT UNTIL 2010 & RUN….THE TONE OF THE COUNTRY RIGHT NOW SEEMS TO BE WORK HARD FOR SUCCES…NO MORE GWB-LIKE ENTITLEMENT…..YOU CAN’T DENY THAT THERE ARE SEVERAL NY DEMS. WHO HAVE BEEN WORKING IN THE TRENCHES ALL ALONG WHO ALSO WANT THIS APPT., & REALLY TRULY PROB. DESERVE IT!!!…AND, AGAIN, I’M SURE CAROLINE WILL BEAT ALLOF THEM IN AN ELECTION, SO WHY CAMPAIGN SO HARD TO GET THE APPT., WHEN SHE ALREADY HAS SUCH A TREMENDOUS ADVANTAGE?….

    AND, CHI, A LOT OF PEO. FEEL THAT WAY, NOT JUST HILLARY BACKERS…..THERE ARE GENUINE ANTI-DYNASTY PEO. WHO FEEL THAT WAY…IT REALLY HAS NOTHING TO DO CAROLINE…

    SHE IS CLASSY, LIKE YOU SAY, BUT SHE DOES APPEAR TO BE ELBOWING, STRONGARMING HER WAY TO THE TOP OF THE LINE…I GUESS POLITICS TEND TO BRING THE WORST OUT OF PEO!

  12. Chi

    Candace: Typing in all caps (screaming!) won’t help your shilling for the Clintons…They are truly the scum of the earth!

    Caroline will certainly not wait till 2010 to “work hard” to get the senate position as you advocate; She will instead be appointed and will be re-elected when the time comes…

    Making polite telephone calls to share ones interest in an opening is quite different from blatantly and viciously threatening people into supporting/endorsing ones candidacy – The key difference between Caroline Kennedy and your Clintons-

    Again, I will do everything in my power to support Caroline Kennedy in her bid for this seat…You might want to save your breath to do the same when your oft-mentioned Chelsea Clinton does run…incidentally, I won’t be supporting her ever…she is indeed wrought of her parents-

  13. Candace

    Chi,

    how do you know that her phone calls are polite? how do you know that Hillary blatantly & viciously threatened s/one to support her?

    Can you name 1 person in NY she VICIUOSLY THREATENED to win an ELECTION? I thought she WON an ELECTION, not SECURED an appt.

    Afterall, it seems to me that Ted & Caroline are THROWING THEIR WT. behind Gov. Paterson to FORCE him to APPT. her…

    How is that polite?….How do you know what Gov. Paterson will do regarding this appt?

    And if teh Clintons are scum, then what does that make the Kennedys?..Chi, I get the picture…you don’t like the Clintons, so anything they do you will find fault with….

    While you like the Kennedys, so they can do all manner of evil and you will pass it off as POLITE!!!!…i hope peo. judge you in the same manner that you judge the Clintons….VERY UNFAIRLY & VERY HARSHLY!!!!

    BTW, Chi, do you even live in NY? & I actually like the Kennedys & the Clintons & would love to see Caroline RUN an elecction & WIN the seat, not LOBBY for an appt. after abstaining from public life for all of her life!!!!…

    Actually, that will be better for her…Afterall, if she’s as upstanding as you say, then doing things above board should be second nature…. I’m sure she’ll be as good as many of the other possible candidates..BTW, Gov. Paterson has asked other candidates to REMAIN in the RACE!!!!

  14. Burroughston Broch

    The folks in upstate NY don’t seem as impressed by Ms. Schlossberg’s lineage and credentials as you folks, and dared to ask questions. She evidently didn’t say anything to change their opinion.

    Doesn’t seem that she has a sterling voting record, either.
    Anyone care to say something about Mr. Cuomo, or are you all holding your breath and waiting for a Camelot rerun?

  15. Chi

    Candace: give it up already…

    The Clintons will never rate in my book….never, ever!

    And I support Caroline Kennedy not the “the Kennedy’s”…

    And let me repeat this…Caroline will be appointed senator and will be re-elected when the time comes…You can take that to the bank-

  16. Looks like Paterson pulled a Blago.

    Here’s the story the mainstream media won’t talk about – I guess pay-for-play schemes only happen in Illinois, right?

    Looks like Paterson’s campaign coffers got quite a nice boost from friends of Gillibrand to the tune of $50,000 in late December, while the Senate seat was up for grabs.

    It is interesting to note that Paterson got “nothing but appreciation” from Caroline Kennedy. She did not give him one thin dime.

    And who got picked? Wow, that’s so hard to figure out!

    http://thekennedys.wordpress.com/2009/01/27/pay-to-play-scheme-in-ny-senate-seat-pick/

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