Kennedy Derangement Syndrome
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?