Thursday, December 18, 2008

Random New York Senate blogging

I had this discussion with a friend of mine a few nights ago, but I just flat-out don't get why so many folks are bothered that Caroline Kennedy wants the New York Senate seat. I think she'd be a fine pick for a variety of reasons, some connected to her name (she'd garner an audience with folks a New York senator not named Hillary Clinton couldn't typically garner) and some not connected to her name (her stellar work on education and early childhood learning).

The point is that if your criticism is that you don't like neopotism in politics, this doesn't apply since, well, Robert Kennedy hasn't represented New York in the U.S. Senate since 1968. And if your criticism is this ...

And I'd hope that Governor David Paterson might consider a similar sort of selection--an honorary, non-political (but Democratic) appointee, a person of real, world-class, distinction who would never normally serve in the Senate, to grace the seat until the next election ...

... well, you just validated picking Caroline Kennedy.


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