Sunday, December 14, 2008

Kennedy Derangement Syndrome

On the heels of Ruth Marcus' embarrassing column promoting Caroline Kennedy as worthy of appointment to Hillary Clinton's New York senate seat, comes Newsweek's Eleanor Clift.

Clift gives credence to the suggestion Kennedy should not only get the seat but that Barack Obama should consider her as a running mate in 2012.

"Positioning a successor is what a president is supposed to do in his second term. Still, President Kennedy in 2016? We're getting ahead of ourselves."

Oh dear, are we? Isn't there some way Ms. Kennedy can just be appointed President without having to run? Maybe by a straw poll of liberal, female Washington columnists?

As the Atlantic's Ross Douthat has pointed out, if you look at Caroline Kennedy's resume she is perhaps six times less qualified to be a U.S. Senator than Sarah Palin was to be Vice President.

Kennedy has never run for elective office in her life. She serves on boards, mostly because of her name, and has edited a book of her mother's poetry. Does that make her a bad person. No. Neither does it make her qualified to be a United States senator.

Those brilliant writers who dismissed Palin as an ignorant lightweight, are looking pretty silly, not to mention hypocritical beyond words, trying to sell a fragile featherweight like Caroline Kennedy.

"She is a serious person who's been inching out into the wider world...," babbles Clift. She makes Kennedy sound as if she might be mentally handicapped.

Inching out? Oh my. Is the U.S. Senate supposed to be "inched" into so delicately?

On second thought, look what voting for U.S. Senators has gotten us.

By all means, let's like governors like Illinois' Rod Blagojevich and New York's David Paterson (unelected to his own post) do all the appointing to the "world's most deliberative body."

Or better yet, pundits like Clift and Marcus. Who better knows what Washington needs than these two?

"There's been a Kennedy in the U.S. Senate since 1952...," Clifton shrewdly points out.

What would the senate do without one?

14 Comments:

Anonymous Aaron Proctor said...

Where would this world be if a Kennedy hasn't been in Senate since 1952?

Ask the Kopechnes.

This sucking up to Caroline Kennedy is beyond disgusting.

Really, really disgusting.

And frightening.

Maybe Glenn Beck's right about us being in 1860 right now.

December 14, 2008 at 11:04 AM 
Anonymous Aaron Proctor said...

While we're at it, let's just make Barack Obama king. Let's get rid of term limits and have no more elections. Let the Senate appoint the President from now on.

Right?

December 14, 2008 at 11:05 AM 
Anonymous r said...

Those brilliant writers who dismissed Palin as an ignorant lightweight, are looking pretty silly, not to mention hypocritical beyond words, trying to sell a fragile featherweight like Caroline Kennedy.

Libs don't even try to hide it anymore.

"There's been a Kennedy in the U.S. Senate since 1952...,"

Yeah, and that's about 50 years too long. Think of all the harm Fat Lib Teddy has caused our country in that time.

December 15, 2008 at 10:21 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The qualifications for Senator can't be very high if Santorum made it.

The Kennedy family has a long history of public service and helping the poor, the disenfranchised, the minorities and the advancement of civil rights. These are important American values and Caroline Kennedy would vote for them as a Senator.
She's not going to be Obama's VP candidate though. That's just political nonsense to fill a column (like Spencer does every week).

As for Palin, she's not going to be the GOP nominee unless they realize they have NO shot at all and want to use her to appease the right wing and for cannon fodder.

December 15, 2008 at 11:22 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

The Kennedy family has a long history but it mostly involves helping themselves to power, sex, and money and not caring who gets hurt in the bargain as long as it's not them.

Caroline may be an exception to that rule. But the idoltry of the Kennedys by the America's nitwit left is just funny.

December 15, 2008 at 6:40 PM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Mostly helping themselves? Are you REALLY that stupid or intellectually dishonest or just projecting your own record?
Check out the Kennedy record on civil rights, worker rights, health care, the environment and helping the poor.

December 15, 2008 at 10:30 PM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

Check out "The Kennedys: An American Drama" by Horowitz and Collier and if you still believe the family was all about helping others and not themselves, check into a mental institution.

December 15, 2008 at 11:05 PM 
Anonymous r said...

Liberalism is a mental illness, certainly nothing to revere or celebrate.

December 16, 2008 at 12:11 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Spencer-
The book was written 24 years ago. How convenient of you to pick a source that ignores the past quarter century of the Kennedy votes, philanthropy, and activism on behalf of the less fortunate.

December 16, 2008 at 12:33 AM 
Anonymous Aaron Proctor said...

"The Kennedy family has a long history but it mostly involves helping themselves to power, sex, and money and not caring who gets hurt in the bargain as long as it's not them."

And drowning women.

December 16, 2008 at 7:34 AM 
Blogger Spencerblog said...

Ted Kennedy's record is one of voting for huge taxes and more government intervention into every sector of the American economy.

He is a pop culture national joke.

He was doing less damage to the country when he was drowning women one at a time and fleeing the scene of the crime.

December 16, 2008 at 8:04 AM 
Blogger steve mcdonald said...

Teddy's only a hero when Dems are seeking endorsements.


Its such a shame that Dems seek pop over substance in their candidates.

December 16, 2008 at 8:36 AM 
Anonymous r said...

Weapons of Mass. destruction Drunk Teddy and Hanoi John are poster Libs for congressional term limits.
As a matter of fact, I have never met anyone who has voted for either of them. I think this needs to be investigated. I want names.

December 16, 2008 at 10:45 AM 
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"As a matter of fact, I have never met anyone who has voted for either of them."
Well, you don't live in Massachusetts for Kennedy.

Who is Hanoi John? Is that supposed to be John Kerry who got over 50% of the vote in Delco or John McCain (Hanoi Hilton)?
Maybe if you stopped living in your basement you could meet the people that voted.


"the idoltry of the Kennedys by the America's nitwit left" is NOTHING compared to the foolish worship of Palin by the radical right-wing.

December 16, 2008 at 11:15 AM 

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