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This Week on 'Dynasty': Kennedys, Clintons and More

By Ben Pershing
Remember how hard it was in high school history class to remember all those successions of kings and queens, marriages, divorces and beheadings? Well, try this on for size:

A former president's daughter (and current senator's niece) is campaigning for the New York Senate seat being vacated by a former president's wife, who recently failed in her effort to succeed a former president's son (and former senator's grandson) as president. That former president's daughter has competition in New York from a former governor's son, who was himself previously married to the former president's daughter's cousin (and another former senator's daughter, and current House member's cousin). Oh, and the appointment will be made by a governor who is the son of a former New York secretary of state.

No, not everyone in American politics is related to each other, but it can certainly seem that way. (Remember: Barack Obama and Dick Cheney are eighth cousins!) On this week's episode of Dynasty, Caroline Kennedy is trying to overcome the perception that her only qualification for succeeding Hillary Clinton in the Senate is her last name.

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Posted at 8:20 AM ET on Dec 16, 2008  | Category:  The Rundown
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Gator-ron:

Maybe one of your on-line friends can help you with the difference between LEGAL and POLITICAL qualifications.

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 7:33 PM

The fact that Jake D thought Obama was not qualified and said Kennedy was not qualified is affirmation that she is most capable of being a good Senator.

Posted by: Gator-ron | December 16, 2008 7:31 PM

I never said I "disapproved" of Caroline Kennedy -- we all agree that she has the LEGAL qualifications to be Senator -- I'm willing to consider what POLITICAL qualifications she has for succeeding Hillary Clinton in the Senate (other than her last name). That was the premise in the article. Convince me otherwise. Then we can discuss her talent, ability to learn, judgment, character, intelligence, maturity, etc.

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 6:25 PM

Qualifications is but a small part of any job. Talent and ability to learn about things with which you are not familiar and most of all judgment of people and information is more important. Caroline Kennedy is a substantial person. Obama thought enough of her judgment to select her as one of two for doing his vetting.

The Kennedys are not my favorite people but I do not think her lineage has anything to do with liking her. Since the Republicans are highly critical of her appointment I like her even better. JakeD's disapproval is the highest form of compliment any Democrat can have.

Posted by: Gator-ron | December 16, 2008 5:55 PM

Gimme a break. Sen freakin McCain was in the senate for 20 something years, was chair of the commerce committee, and is still, admittedly, ignorant about the economy. And just about everything else non-military. And you Republican tools tried hard to get him and Gov Palin elected.

You should be ashamed of yourselves. Horrible judgment, and horrible character = McCain/Palin.

Caroline Kennedy has character, intelligence, maturity and experience. She'll be an excellent senator.

And if she becomes a committee chair, she'll have the decency to actually do the reading and become fluent in the issues.

Unlike Senator Magoo from Arizona and Governor Egghaid from Alaska.

You people take the cake. That was a freakin' incompetent ticket that would have jeopardized our national security.

It really makes the case that Republicans are not only ignorant but also unfathomably irresponsible.

Posted by: jrob822 | December 16, 2008 4:53 PM

People seem to forget that Mrs. Clinton visited and campaigned in every single New York county(368 I believe). She invested a great deal of time and energy earning the votes of New Yorkers.

To this day from Upstate to the Upper East Side, she enjoys a very high rating amongst her constituents for local service, and a reputation for hard work, bipartisanship, and not seeking the limelight,in the Senate.

To compare her election to the coronation of Ms. Kennedy is an insult. It is very nice that Ms. Kennedy has been involve in children's education, and enjoys the support of "Uncle Teddy" who also earned his stature in the Senate.

Camelot might be a nice image in tough times, bu tell it to the farmers, and workers in Buffalo, Rochester, etc.

Michael White
NYC

Posted by: MichaelWhite1818 | December 16, 2008 2:18 PM

Funny! :-D

Soooo...

Does Ahnold the Governator get any special considerations for being married to the Royal Family?

Let's face a FACT;

HE, is waaayyyyy more Loyal and committed to THIS Country;

Than MILLIONS of SCHIPs Sucking, Anchor Brats who are Allowed to actually become the President!

Then, let's also realize;

Caroline is WAAYYYY more qualified, than President-to-be Hillary Clinton ever was!

O'Bombanation the PINO!

President, In Name Only! ;~)

Posted by: SAINT---The | December 16, 2008 1:30 PM

I'm not talking the legal qualifications, but the political qualifications and experience to do an effective job.

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 12:16 PM

What a tool.

There are three qualifications to be a US Senator. You have to be: 1) 30 yrs old, 2) a US citizen for at least 9 yrs, and 3) a resident of the state you'll represent.

Caroline Kennedy has the maturity, integrity, intelligence, character, and, yes, experience, to be an excellent Senator.

To spout otherwise, in this forum, is to exposure yourself as a partisan hack.

Posted by: jrob822 | December 16, 2008 10:58 AM

That's not a "perception". That is fact.

Posted by: JakeD | December 16, 2008 10:36 AM

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