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Caroline Crumbles

Not since Gov. Mario Cuomo chartered two planes to ferry him to New Hampshire to launch a presumed presidential bid -- but left the aircraft idling and unused on a runway at the Albany airport -- has New York experienced such an episode of politics interruptis.

I’m talking, of course, about the sudden withdrawal of Caroline Kennedy from the competition to be appointed to the U.S. Senate seat that’s just been vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. In a chaotic yes-I-will, no-I-won’t back and forth that kept the media, and Gov. David Paterson, guessing about her intentions through Wednesday night and into the early morning on Thursday, JFK’s daughter ended, at least for now, her awkward effort at gaining public office.

New York is a breeding ground for colorful and forceful political personalities (think Cuomo, Rudy Giuliani, Chuck Schumer, Al D’Amato, Ed Koch -- and lest we forget, Eliot Spitzer!). It is not known to embrace shrinking violets. Yet Kennedy through most of her adult life shunned the rough-and-tumble of electoral politics. She was immediately bruised when she tried to prove herself in a tour upstate that was less than inspiring to voters in that perpetually aggrieved region. Then she faltered in a series of media interviews.

There’s no telling whether this clumsy start would have cost her the Senate appointment -- only Paterson knows for sure. But Kennedy may have learned her first New York political lesson: It’s no place for amateurs.

By Marie Cocco  | January 22, 2009; 2:56 PM ET
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Good riddance. She sounds like an airhead when she talks. If she were born and raised in Southern California, she’d be called a Valley Girl.

Posted by: TonyR1 | January 22, 2009 6:38 PM | Report abuse

Way out of her depth and she knows it now!

Posted by: sforwell | January 22, 2009 7:54 PM | Report abuse

Her interviews were in competition with those of S. Palin. She even said that she was fit for a senate position since she raised a family...

Posted by: ninco | January 22, 2009 7:55 PM | Report abuse

Buh bye, Caroline.

From your political family, you should have had an understanding of the "rough and tumble" and perhaps a better understanding of your personal strengths and weaknesses.

I'm glad Obama inspired you, but he should have inspired you to run for school board or something first. The Senate was a bit too high for a first political outing.

Posted by: RealCalGal | January 22, 2009 8:20 PM | Report abuse

I'm sure Ms. Schlossberg is a nice enough person, and in her exclusive, wealthy and privileged circles, accomplishes worthy things, if not actual "work."

However, as was clear from the first words from her mouth and that down-in-the-mouth shuffle that passes for a walk, she lacked the presence to be a United States Senator. She also had the problem of appearing to be interested in far flung regions of her state, which was a facade she couldn't maintain well over time.

I'm sure she saw what Tim Geithner was going through and saw her future. Good bye.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | January 22, 2009 8:34 PM | Report abuse

..... and then there is the boyfriend issue for Princess Caroline. What an air head to boot and it is unbelievable the level of hubris that sh ereally thought she was qualified and that "breeding" was a main qualification. At last someone (Obama) is putting away the ridiculous myths about the Kennedys, a bunch of louts, drunks, killers, first in liners, adulterers and now tax cheats - what breeding indeed. PS, to Uncle Teddy, Mary Jo is waiting for you.

Posted by: gmanjim | January 22, 2009 9:29 PM | Report abuse

None of the above . . this is all wonderful trashy stuff . . rumors of an affair with NYTimes publisher, tax troubles, and nanny problems. Camelot crumbles.

Posted by: JoeCollins1 | January 22, 2009 11:06 PM | Report abuse

Caroline, don't worry about what gmanjim said. Everyone knows that your father was a war hero unlike the democrats of todays era who are elected just to change the right. They probably had you lined up for a run for the presidency so they could attack the Catholics on abortion and male priest issue's. Perhaps someday we will be the Indians, or maybe we already are, we just need our people back and some casino's. I thank god that the killers that gmanjim speaks of did'nt riot after your father's death, for should Obama ever be assasinated, I'm sure that we will see all of the "John Mohamoud"s of the world come out in force. I encourage you to listen to the song by "David Lee Roth" of "Van Halen" Titled: "Jump". In it he says: "you've got to roll with the punches to get to whats real". I too have dreams, as "Sitting Bull" did. One is where I had to jump off of an embankment to kick two guys (plain clothes cops) who were attacking a woman.

Posted by: SouixKluxKlan | January 23, 2009 12:04 AM | Report abuse

With the exception of the last poster, I agree with EVERY ONE OF THE POSTERS COMMENTS ABOVE-AND THEN SOME! CAROLINE-GO BACK TO YOUR ULTRA-RICH, WITLESS UPPER EAST SIDE/HAMPTONS SALLY QUINN LIKE LIFESTYLE, AND DON'T COME OUT OF THAT SHELL AGAIN, YOU HEAR! GO OFF WITH SULZBERGER IF YOU MUST, I WANT TO HEAR NO MORE OF THE SLEAZY CAROLINE K. ENTERING SERIOUS POLITICS-THE THOUGHT OF YOUR INARTICULATE, WITNESS SELF GAGS ME, AS A MATTER OF FACT!

Posted by: arrabbiato | January 23, 2009 8:40 AM | Report abuse

Aside from the particular issues concerning Caroline Kennedy, who curiously enough has the same first and last initials as I do, I must take exception to the conclusion that New York or any other state politics is the rightful domain of "professionals". It is precisely the professional partisan politicians that have led us into the Great Depression II and the whole sorry lot should be promptly shown the door. As far as I am concerned, Caroline's main disqualification for office is something she shares with many professional politicians: an inability or unwillingness to define precisely what she planned to do in office. Not only Uncle Ted, but also Jimmy Carter and Barrack Obama -- who adopted Carter's strategy of ineffable intent -- failed to tell voters what they intended to do of any consequence while in office. However, we sorely need to elect people to office who have specific and important goals that they intend to achieve in one term. That is, we need impassioned amateurs in every state and federal office.

Posted by: cpklapper | January 23, 2009 4:12 PM | Report abuse

It's about time someone in the media said the obvious: Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg wasn't ready for politics. It's also noteworthy that sometimes a famous name isn't quite enough.

Posted by: rmpatera | January 24, 2009 7:59 AM | Report abuse

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