If the Democrats pick Caroline Kennedy to fill Hillary Clinton’s soon-to-be vacant Senate seat they are proving once again, like they did with Barry Obama, that they are the party of the Shiny Object. Borrowing from Jeff Foxworthy:
If you are entranced by shiny objects… you might be a Democrat.
I have to go with Jonah Goldberg on this one:
The editors of the New York Times, in a more skeptical editorial, summarized her qualifications thusly: “Ms. Kennedy has much going for her. As a public figure, she carries the glamour and poignancy of her family …” The editors then went on to describe what great liberals her dad and uncles were. That’s it.
This a perfect example of the bowel-stewing self-indulgence of elite liberalism.
Here’s a news flash: Not everyone truckles with doe-eyed awe at “America’s royal family.” Some of us don’t even like the idea of American royal families. JFK and RFK had their good points, but they don’t deserve the beatification they receive on a daily basis. As a man, Teddy Kennedy is hardly a role model, and as a public servant he’s not much better. I, for one, don’t think denying poor black kids private-school scholarships (aka vouchers) is heroic. Nor do I think his support for alternative energy, except when it might obstruct his Hyannis Port estate’s views with windmills, is admirable.
UPDATE: I just saw that Fran Drescher (The Nanny) thinks that she should get Hillary’s seat! Heh. I suppose that she is no less qualified than Kennedy, and we are talking about the Democrats. Is anyone else insulted at the notion that the seat has to go to someone lacking a Y chromosome? Can you imagine people claiming that Obama’s seat had to go to a man? But, again, we are talking about the Democrat party… Symbolism over substance.