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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Noblesse oblige

I've been silent in the face of all the bah humbugs being thrown around about Caroline Kennedy's interest in the New York Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton. After all, it is true that if his name had been Edward Moore, the Massachusetts senior senator would never have been elected -- and that one turned out all right.

But Caroline Kennedy's decision to decline a financial disclosure unless and until she is given the job represents a tin ear as bad as the decision to answer questions in writing and in the third person.

Kennedy has created a solid life for herself as wife, mother and author. There is no question the family legacy is that of public service. I suspect she might eventually make a good senator.

But she has shown horrible instincts as a politician -- and that is a job requirement too. She will need to run for office twice in four years if she gets the job handed to her on a silver platter.

Somehow I suspect her former bother-in-law, Andrew Cuomo, would relish the fight.

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Blogger dan bosley said...

I agree that she has the potential of being a good Senator. She has the pedigree and that means a good support system and a life time in a family that lives politics. My question is this; Caroline seems to have caught this political bug because she is a big supporter of Obama and believes that this is a time that can make a difference in the lives of Americans. However, as a politician, I know that local services and district, or in her case, statewide issues are the bread and butter of a political life. Does she also want to sit and talk about the apple crop with Cortland farmers or sewage treatment grants with city officials? Grand sweeping changes are needed and we need people who want to dream big, but the realities of the job are that there is a lot of political intrigue and local meet and greets. Is she ready for that? That is the question she needs to answer.

December 23, 2008 4:07 PM  

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