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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Bashing Caroline Kennedy

I want to jump on the bandwagon of Caroline Kennedy for Senator Clinton’s Senate seat from New York. All of those people wanting to bash her lack of experience in politics have obviously no clue as to what she has done in politics her entire life. Over at Fire Dog Lake the consensus is that Caroline Kennedy does not deserve a princess appointment just because Daddy was a President of the United States. Check out what they have to say about her…

Caroline Kennedy? Thanks But No Thanks
By: Jane Hamsher Sunday December 7, 2008 8:00 am

Everyone seems to be salivating because Caroline Kennedy called David Patterson and is apparently interested in the Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton.
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.
The woman has never run for office in her life. We have no idea how she'd fare on the campaign trail, or how well she could stand up to the electoral process. She simply picks up the phone and lets it be known that she just might be up for having one of the highest offices in the land handed to her because -- well, because why? Because her uncle once held the seat? Because she's a Kennedy? Because she took part as a child in the public's romantic dreams of Camelot? I'm not quite sure.
- Fire Dog Lake

I will be the first from the Bay State to endorse her highly to my many friends and readers from New York. In Caroline Kennedy you get a humanitarian following in the footsteps of not only her father but her mother as well. While it is convienent for many people to sit on their asses and bitch and moan Caroline Kennedy has never done just that. She has always voiced her opinions on issues and if need be used her influence to make change possible over the decades since her father was murdered.

It outrages me when I see idiot comments on her qualifications for the position of Senator to the United States government. They don’t know her, they have never researched her, they have never researched anything that the entire Kennedy family has done for America since her father was murdered. She was a baby then but she is an adult now and all her life has been in service to America in the private sector for the betterment of the poorest and weakest among us. She is not a carpet bagger! How dare these morons declare from their trailer parks and dial up pc’s that she does not have the qualifications to serve America! What have they done to serve their fellow man other than bitching and stabbing anyone in the back?

Show me a Republican that has dedicated their lives after serving in office to helping the poor when it comes to heating their former constituents homes. Show me one Republican that has dedicated their lives to the children with Down Syndrome. Show me one Republican that actually cared about the poor not just for a day but decade after decade. There is not one!

Caroline Kennedy has dedicated her life to enriching the lives of the poor, the less fortunate, and those without a voice in our government. Don’t think that for a minute that this kind of attack on her is fair game. I’ve never met her, don’t think I would ever have the opportunity to meet her, but she is my sister in the work she has done all her life privately without boasting about it.

This brings me to this last thought, Republican’s are going to attack everyone in this new administration, it is up to us on the left to defend those folks that have not robbed the public trust but served it with honor and dignity. Do your own part on your own site and defend honest politicians and appointees that are not looking for a golden prize at the end of public service.

Caroline Kennedy never needed a Senate seat to use her name to get serious work done. For that matter, she does not need Senator Clinton’s seat in the Senate. It would be a gift to the American people and the state of New York to have Caroline Kennedy representing them though. It would be a larger plus to the Democrat Party to have her on the team fighting for what is right for the American people.

Long story short, regardless of what Caroline Kennedy critics have to say, she will have a walk in to the Senate seat if she so chooses. For that matter, she will be the first woman President elected in the United States after two terms of the 44th President Barack Obama. Mark your calendars and bookmark this page for reference.

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