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Caroline Kennedy to Seek Appointment to N.Y. Senate Seat

UPDATE, 9:00 p.m.: Stefan Friedman, a spokesman for Caroline Kennedy confirmed to the Fix this evening she is seeking the Senate appointment. Kennedy made a round of calls today to influential New York Democrats, added Friedman. She spoke to, among others, Rep. Louise Slaughter who offered an endorsement this evening, as well as New York City Council Speaker Christine Quinn.

Original Post

Caroline Kennedy, the press-shy daughter of President John F. Kennedy, has decided to seek appointment to the Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton, according to a Democratic source familiar with the decision.

"I've talked to Caroline Kennedy and she is clearly interested," said New York Sen. Chuck Schumer, the immediate past chairman of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. "The Governor and I talk regularly on this but we have decided to keep each other's counsel."

Kennedy's decision comes several weeks after her name was first floated as a possible replacement for Clinton, following a phone conversation she had with New York Gov. David Paterson. Paterson, who took over for Gov. Eliot Spitzer earlier this year, has the sole power to appoint the next senator.

Paterson, speaking today about the Kennedy news, was decidedly noncommittal. "I've had a number of conversations with a number of people who are interested," Paterson said, according to the New York Daily News. "I have returned a couple of calls from her but have not spoken to her since the initial conversation. Obviously people are interested and would like to come in and present their case, and if they ask for that time I'll grant it to them."

In the intervening weeks since Kennedy's name was floated there has been a behind-the scenes battle -- that has occasionally spilled out publicly -- between backers of Kennedy and those of Clinton.

The Clintonites have made clear that they remain less than pleased that Caroline Kennedy endorsed President-elect Barack Obama during the Democratic presidential primaries and have voiced concern that Clinton's Senate seat would be handed off to a New Yorker who didn't support her national bid.

The Kennedy forces -- led by Kerry Kennedy, who, interestingly, is divorced from New York Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, the other frontrunner fot the appointment -- have taken to the television airwaves to make the case for Caroline.

That case in a nutshell: she is the heir to the most famous political legacy in American politics, she has universal name identification and the ability to raise untold amounts of money, and she is personally close to the president-elect.

Rev. Al Sharpton, who per Politico's Ben Smith, spoke with Kennedy this afternoon about her interest, put out a statement testifying to her qualifications. "Since the possibility of Ms. Kennedy's candidacy for the Senate has, understandably, already generated a fair degree of debate and discussion, I feel compelled to state that I unequivocally disagree with those that say she is not qualified and could not bring needed leadership to this state and country," said Sharpton.

It was not immediately clear what prompted Kennedy's interest in the race although her active support of Obama -- she endorsed him and then helped lead the search for his vice president -- suggests that the election of the Illinois Senator may have played a significant role.

Kennedy's decision to make her interest known marks a significant break with her past shunning of the public eye. While Kennedy is almost certainly now the frontrunner for the appointment, her acknowledgment of her interest now transforms her from a largely private to an almost-entirely public figure.

Should she win the appointment, Kennedy will face a 2010 special election for the remaining two years in Clinton's term and then another election in 2012 for the full six year term.

Republicans insist that despite New York's decided Democratic lean they will make a serious run at the seat in 2010 with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Rep. Peter King the most well-known potential candidates.

Aside from Kennedy and Cuomo, Democrats mentioned for the appointment include: Reps. Kirsten Gillibrand, Carolyn Maloney, Brian Higgins and Steve Israel as well as Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown and Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi.

The news of Kennedy's interest was first reported by Nicholas Confessore of the New York Times.

By Chris Cillizza  |  December 15, 2008; 4:04 PM ET
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"Guess I missed the announcement of the divorce? I have not seen any news organizations use her full name Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. Everyone on the planet knows she was a Kennedy, but how about using her full name if she is still married. It’s not like Barrack H. Obama election name issue."

That's not her full name, but it's a common misconception. She never changed it upon marrying Mr. Schlossberg, so her legal name is still Caroline Bouvier Kennedy.

Posted by: SeanC1 | December 16, 2008 6:37 PM | Report abuse

The founding fathers said "NO Royality"!

Posted by: leapin | December 16, 2008 5:50 PM | Report abuse

wHY DO WE USE THE WORD QUALIFIED TO DECIDE WHO SHOULD GOVERN OUR CITIES STATES AND NATION. SOME OF THE DUMBEST PEOPLE ARE ELECTED BECAUSE THEY CAN DRINK WHISKEY OR HUNT OR BOWL. GEORGE BUSH HAS CURED ME OF THIS TYPE OF FRIENDLY LEADER.

AT LEAST CAROLYN DID NOT MOVE TO NEW YORK TO RUN FOR OFFICE LIKE HILLARY. CAROLYN IS A SMART WOMAN FROM A FAMILY THAT HAS GIVEN MUCH FOR GENERATIONS.

SHE IS VERY SMART AND CAN DEAL WITH THE PROBLEMS OF NEW YOUR AS WELL AS THE NATION.

BEST OF ALL SHE IS RICH ENOUGH NOT TO STEAL THE MONEY.

Posted by: sm98yth | December 16, 2008 1:17 PM | Report abuse

Hey Repubes! I am sorry , but you have no voice in this, this is a Democratic chair no?
So it's up to the Gov and the Democrats to decide , and if the decision is for Caroline Kennedy, just shut up and eat crow!

Posted by: BFranco | December 16, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse


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Chris:

The Obama people are abusing the "report abuse" button - because they are using it BASED ON CONTENT OF OPPOSING VIEWS.


It is sad.


Also, if the Obama transition office is doing this - we have GOVERNMENT FUNDS BEING UTILIZED TO VIOLATE THE CIVIL RIGHTS, IN THIS CASE FREE SPEECH RIGHTS, OF US CITIZENS.


Nice.


Really great group of people these Obama nuts.


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Posted by: 37thandORulesForever | December 16, 2008 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Money, money, money.

Posted by: lorddunsmore | December 16, 2008 10:14 AM | Report abuse

Caroline is her mother's daughter, but she certainly does not have Jackie's grace. After acting as a major player in defeating Hillary, she wants Hillary's Senate seat? Truly tasteless, Caroline. Perhaps this Ted/Caroline Kennedy greed will help foster the general population's realization of the destruction bestowed upon the U.S. Constitution by Democrats (probably led by Ted and his tragic situation) and Big Media Inc.

Posted by: PamelaofthePoconos | December 16, 2008 8:50 AM | Report abuse

I'm so tired of this.

My only wish is that I lived in New York so I could vote against her.

Posted by: RedBird27 | December 16, 2008 7:41 AM | Report abuse

"But...Please stop calling the Clinton's a dynasty. The Bushes put 3 generations in the senate, VP, Presdidency and governorships."

Go to Wikipedia. You can trace the Bush family back to before the US was even a country.

Posted by: DDAWD | December 16, 2008 5:24 AM | Report abuse

Will somebody please go tell Crackhead #2
Elect Messiah Barack Hussein Obama and that
horseface Caroline Kennedy that Camelot is
Over so go away!

Posted by: Darlene5280 | December 16, 2008 1:04 AM | Report abuse

As a lifelong NYer- which Caroline is not- I am saying- no way! I don't want her- she has a name and connections and no other policy experience and needs to gain some somewhere before running for dog catcher.

But...Please stop calling the Clinton's a dynasty. The Bushes put 3 generations in the senate, VP, Presdidency and governorships. The Kennedy's have put 2 generations of multiple siblings cousins, nephews and even a few nieces in elected offices such as congress and the senate, with attempts at governorships as well. Bill Clinton's dad was an n'er-do-well and a struggling mother and HRC's dad worked in factories, sales and management. They are as self-made as Barak, the son of a college professor mother and a PHDed father. Let's not let some bias become the new reality/history.

Leon
Leon

Posted by: nycLeon | December 15, 2008 10:59 PM | Report abuse

Ms Kennedy has the ability to serve and wants to. Anyone who wants to serve should be allowed. Please don't be a bone head about her. She and her family have the ability, don't put a bushel basket over it. Let her light shine. Bill

Posted by: wab33comcastnet | December 15, 2008 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Dynastic/celebrity politics sends the wrong message to young people. America is supposed to be about equal opportunity, about the ability to work your way up from the bottom. If most of the top positions are allotted to hereditary elites, the concept of a meritocracy is rendered meaningless.

Enough with the Bushes, Clintons and Kennedys. Hopefully the Obama girls will make their own ways, and grow up to be great scientists or artists.

Posted by: saraz1 | December 15, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

The appointment of someone so unqualified and virtually totally lacking in germane experience would be a farce.

And it would kind of mock the idea that merit rather than position and privilege matters most in America. Isn't merit why Obama has succeeded? Wasn't his success a positive message for young Americans?

Appointment of Caoline Kennedy would also diminish the political legacy of her father and her two uncles. All 3 of them WORKED HARD to assume mantles of leadership in the political process--and delivered on it.

Give Caroline some ceremonial ambassadorship. Give the Senatorial appointment to someone who has earned it.

Posted by: PostToastie | December 15, 2008 10:28 PM | Report abuse

Someone throw a shoe at her!

Posted by: American2 | December 15, 2008 10:08 PM | Report abuse

I am so glad to see that we're all Chicago-style now! Can all the children, siblings, cousins, friends and long lost neighbors of accomplished people please go away and give us back our country? DOWN WITH DYNASTIC PRIVILEGE!!

Posted by: KatieAtl | December 15, 2008 9:59 PM | Report abuse

No more political dynasties please. Carolyn, go somewhere and be quiet again, won't you?

Posted by: lichtme | December 15, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Does she realize that she'll possibly have to interact with people outside of the New York social circles? What does she believe in? What are her views regarding domestic and foreign policy? What about economic issues? I have a feeling it's little more than a ceremonial position for her, and for only one term to avoid having to do actual work in an reelection bid...

Posted by: bromisky | December 15, 2008 9:47 PM | Report abuse

Whatever your political persuasion, and whatever you think of the Kennedys, this is an absolute outrage, a travesty, an affront to every democratic principle our country stands for. Paterson will of course appoint some left-wing stooge -- fine, that's how it works. But to appoint somebody for NO BETTER REASON than she is a rich heiress -- a rich heiress who let it be known she's "interested"?

No, no, no, no, no, a thousand times no! This is America! NO! NO! NO!

Posted by: zjr78xva | December 15, 2008 9:45 PM | Report abuse

The only seat Caroline should seek, is that of a plastic surgeon.

Mr.Ed comes to mind looking at that mug.

Posted by: dashriprock | December 15, 2008 9:41 PM | Report abuse

Oh yea, I forgot one thing the Giants SUCK!

Posted by: pharris13 | December 15, 2008 9:16 PM | Report abuse

WOW!!! This is like reading the Washington Times. Don't be mad Bush babies, and stop taking your anger out on people that want to help the country. Oh yea.... I forgot how great all the failures are of the past two terms... Your old, time for a change. Eat a Salad!

Posted by: pharris13 | December 15, 2008 9:11 PM | Report abuse

KayinMichigan:
"I am a former New Yorker (now in Michigan) so I don't have a voice in the election.
While Caroline Kennedy may not be the down-and-dirty, gritty politico that some apparently believe are better suited for public office, I think she would do a superb job for the people of New York."
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Thanks, mharwick, for the reprise of some of Caroline Kennedy's accomplishments.
BTW, to the "fairy-tale" gossips on post on this board (likely under several pseudonyms), Caroline Kennedy has been a resident of Long Island for as long as I can remember, with her husband and children.
As a child, she attended schools in Manhattan, when her mother took an apartment in NYC.
She has been quietly involved in a number of issues which needed development and help in the Big Apple for years.
She has served on a number of boards for years without the least whiff of scandal.
And, as Kay said, she has served with distinction.
The governor of New York has the right and the duty to appoint someone to serve in Senator Clinton's place until a special election in 2010.
She would be an excellent choice.
If she is appointed, I will support her all the way.
And I live in Texas.
Just as I supported Hillary Clinton, when she decided to run for the Senate.
These nasties -- obviously neo-con supporters -- need to stay the heck out of these choices in which they have no standing to comment.
Judy in Texas

Posted by: Judy-in-TX | December 15, 2008 9:07 PM | Report abuse

Folowing in Daddy's footsteps would be an honor - except for the getting shot in the head part.

Following in Mommy's footsteps would be a drag - I do not like plying the oldest profession in the world with sweaty old Greek tycoons or married men.

Following in my bro's footsteps is impossible - I could never be dumb enough to fly straight into the ocean.

I have no experience, but as my Uncle Teddy says - we'll drive off that bridge when we get to it.

xoxo

CK

Posted by: bzzzz | December 15, 2008 9:06 PM | Report abuse

Pretty sad that New Yorkers get a celebrity shoved down their throats. The bright side is - Hildebeast and Bubbazipper will be cheesed off to the max. ;)

Posted by: cmheuertz | December 15, 2008 8:54 PM | Report abuse

I'm beginning to wonder if serving in the U.S. Senate really requires any special skill set. Let's face it, your staff and party leaders can tell you what to do, you just raise money and make an occasional speech or ask a few questions during a boring hearing.

What could be easier?

Posted by: newbeeboy | December 15, 2008 4:40 PM
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You've hit the nail on the head: staff run congressional offices. Staff decide voting (for the most part), write floor speeches, and even write up those boring hearing questions. Being a member of congress is akin to being an actor. You just have to sound convincing reading lines written by someone else.

Posted by: smc91 | December 15, 2008 8:48 PM | Report abuse

Oh come on all that Caroline Kennedy has
going form her,is John F Kennedy last name
and never held an elected office in her life and suddenly now acts like she has a
divided right to be named Sen Hillary Clinton replacement. Hey Caroline Kenndey
Sorry Camelot Is Over! Go Away!

Posted by: Kim1985 | December 15, 2008 8:02 PM | Report abuse

She has virtually no experience making decisions, but tremendous experience watching others making decisions.

Can congress survive without a Kennedy present?

It would probably melt.

Posted by: yarbrougharts | December 15, 2008 7:59 PM | Report abuse

I assume that she's just keeping the seat warm until Chelsea Clinton is old enough to take it.

Hurray for hereditary monarchy in the US. Jeb Bush for President 2016.

Posted by: Awal | December 15, 2008 7:52 PM | Report abuse

I want Obama and his Chicago cronies to keep their hands off NEW YORK STATE. They can start by withdrawing their demand that Kennedy get this "plum" position.
We can elect our own politicians and we don't need any Illinois help!
Caroline Kennedy can start her political career appropriately by running for local political office rather than saddling us with her aristocratic ambitions.
She should withdraw her request for consideration because this was naked HUBRIS!

Posted by: yoschoharo | December 15, 2008 7:51 PM | Report abuse

"According to Messiah Obama's fans, "judgement" is the most important factor to be a great politician".

Posted by: Mendota | December 15, 2008 4:14 PM |"
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In this election cycle yes, we had for 8 years of an administration that seemingly showed poor judgement on nearly every issue. Though certainly not perfect, Obama has shown good judgement, he is a smart, sober minded individual. McCain had much more experience, however, the majority of voters felt that he showed poor judgment on a number of issues. So, yes, in this election cycle judgment was front and center.

Posted by: JRM2 | December 15, 2008 7:50 PM | Report abuse

"I'm a Dem but still think this law whereby the gov selects the senator sucks. I think the people should decide."

I like the idea of having an appointment followed by a special election. Just not the idea of having to wait until 2010 for the special election. Whoever is appointed will have to run for election in 2010 and then reelection in 2012.

Just do the appointment and then have the special election in July or something. Then let the winner serve out the rest of the term. For Illinois, it would be two years, New York, it would be four years, Delaware, it would be six years. That way you'd get the coveted speed of an appointment, but you'd also get the validity of an election. The governor has power for an appointment, but not a lot of power as an incumbent who holds the seat for only a few months hardly gains the institutional advantage.

Posted by: DDAWD | December 15, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse

I suspect Caroline Kennedy is at least as qualified for the U.S. senate as Hillary was for the White House. What is odd is that Kerry Kennedy is mentioned as someone behind Caroline pushing back against the Clintons for the appointment, but was one of the Kennedy's who openly sided with Hillary during the primaries. Wonder what she finally saw?

Posted by: infuse | December 15, 2008 7:48 PM | Report abuse


Guess I missed the announcement of the divorce? I have not seen any news organizations use her full name Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg. Everyone on the planet knows she was a Kennedy, but how about using her full name if she is still married. It’s not like Barrack H. Obama election name issue.


Posted by: FormerNewYorkerNo9 | December 15, 2008 7:44 PM | Report abuse

The right person in my opinion

Posted by: MDickey28 | December 15, 2008 7:31 PM | Report abuse

Carolyn Kennedy? When did she "show up" and where has she been all these years. The rest of the country does not need a shy Senator representing the Deomcratic party. Is this a grooming for the "first female president", or vice president? I am surprised she would eye this position, not having any experience. Does not show good judgment on her part.

Posted by: msreginacomcastnet | December 15, 2008 7:29 PM | Report abuse

Say what you will about the Kennedy's, once you get past their odder proclivities, their politics are rational and they're populists, doing things that are good for working people. Given the current crop of ratbags, crooks and con artists taking up space on Capital Hill, with their outsourcing and money grubbing on behalf of corporations, that looks pretty good to me. It too bad we can't have her replace Schumer, second only to Dodd as a recipient of "financial services industry" bribes. We got rid of #3 (Dole) and Ron Paul, the candidate of lame brains and fools, is the new #3, so picking these swine off, one at a time, ought to be the goal of every voter.

Posted by: mibrooks27 | December 15, 2008 7:23 PM | Report abuse

The question I have is,
How much money are the democrats asking for the seat ?

Can I buy both the Illinois seat and the New York seat at a discounted price.

I have a coupon!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by: dashriprock | December 15, 2008 7:18 PM | Report abuse

"It very rarely happend, or perhaps never occurs, that a person exalts himself from a humble station to great dignity without employing either force or fraud, unless indeed he attains it by gift or hereditary succession. I do not conceive that force alone ever sufficed; but we shall find that cunning alone has sometimes succeeded."------ Machiavelli, reflections on Livy.
It looks like to me a case of heredity. We haven't did to good electing these goons, maybe heredity is better.

Posted by: OldCoot1 | December 15, 2008 7:15 PM | Report abuse

It seems I am living in a third world tin pot democracy!

Posted by: ssensharma | December 15, 2008 7:07 PM | Report abuse

Well this shows you that you don't have to know much to be in the US Senate.Look,we're sorry her Dad was assassinated by the US government and her uncle Ted is a drunk and her uncle Bobby was assassinated by the US government andd her brother was killed in a plane crash by the US government.Is this all the thanks we can give the poor girl? A US senate seat?

Posted by: chuckcoley | December 15, 2008 7:01 PM | Report abuse

She had a movie star handsome father and a beautiful mother.So what the heck happened to her ????

Posted by: jellyhouse56 | December 15, 2008 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Fascinating to hear so many question qualifications for the Senate based upon having held elective office. Caroline Kennedy has done plenty as have a good many other people who believe they should have a vote in this most exclusive of clubs. I have no doubt that she could be relied upon to serve with integrity. The only real question for me is this: How much of a warrior is Kennedy? You only need to read the panoply of diatribes that regularly appear on this blog to understand how that quality is paramount if someone is going to be an effective senator. If she can take the heat and stay true to her vision, she could be great.

Posted by: dhorne1 | December 15, 2008 6:57 PM | Report abuse

Enough of the Kennedy family all ready. That would be like watching the Titanic six times. America needs people who know how to do business without giving away our country, and more especially how to buy our debts back. If you want to dig up bones, at least go to older families who knew how to pay as you go. Kennedys liked to give other people's money away. Like God won't see the good deeds that they did came from hard working people who didn't agree to let them spend our money. At least Obama speaks as though he will require labor or some restoration from our tax dollars.

Posted by: net_50@yahoo.com | December 15, 2008 6:51 PM | Report abuse

Based on what?

She has no qualifications to serve as Senator other than or course her last name is Kennedy.

What joke. She's not even a drug addict or a drunk as far as I know - what kind Kennedy is she?

Posted by: Jaymand | December 15, 2008 6:44 PM | Report abuse

why is it that every time we hear from Hillaryland it is like some mafia chieftain, 'ala you owe me. Maybe it is a plant story because whatever Rodham Clinton put's her tentacles into I gotta give the benefit of the doubt to the other option.

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | December 15, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

Columbiaheights wrote:I am not sure why her qualifications are being compared to HRC's. HRC ran for the seat and won. The people elected her. CK is asking to be appointed to the seat.

Ditto! HRC opted to run against a popular Rudy (America's mayor)until he dropped out of the race due to his prostate cancer. She traveled the entire state of NY & managed to earn the voters' respect; subsequently beating Rep. Rick Lazzio handily. Even her detractors came to admire the hard work that enabled her to win the senate seat. So please stop comparing Caroline to Hillary!

Posted by: blackindy | December 15, 2008 6:35 PM | Report abuse

I assume this is an issue for New Yorkers to decide, not the rest of us. However, it would still be very laughable to see someone making every argument in the Senate by citing her father. "Obama looks like my father." Ouch!

Posted by: work2play | December 15, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Unbelievable. I've lost all respect for Caroline Kennedy. Everyone knows that politics is a disgusting business pursued by despicable people deserving nothing but contempt and imprisonment. Anyone who wants to go into politics does so because they either want to make themselves rich or they are sufficiently egomaniacal to believe they more deserve to screw the public than anyone else. Caroline Kennedy doesn't need money, so it's clear what she thinks.

Posted by: bpai_99 | December 15, 2008 6:34 PM | Report abuse

Caroline Kennedy is as much of an air-headed ditz as her mother. Forest Gump in heals. Should be a good pick for NY -- easily controlled by the same Wall Street money that infests the democrat congress.

Posted by: PattiORiley | December 15, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

"[The Clintons}...and have voiced concern that Clinton's Senate seat would be handed off to a New Yorker who didn't support her national bid."

Oh. And I thought what was best for New Yorkers was paramount here. Silly me.

I'm a Dem but still think this law whereby the gov selects the senator sucks. I think the people should decide.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | December 15, 2008 6:29 PM | Report abuse

It happens all the time. We are governed by our own people, not the military or dictator. Everyday people can become our leaders. Republican Sonny Bono and then his wife took his seat when he was killed. No qualifications what so ever. Just the way it is. In reality, Palin isn't even qualified to be a governor for that matter. She is a moron who took 6 years to get a 2 year degree.

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So for two months we were told, incessantly, that the governor of Alaska was unqualified to be the next vice president of the United States. You know, not enough experience, not enough time in office, not enough serious accomplishments in the world of public policy.

But many of these same people are telling us that Caroline Kennedy, nice woman that she is, is qualified to be a U.S. senator. Because it would be "modern fairy tale to have the little princess grow up to be a senator," as some put it.

And while I'm sure Ted Kaufman is a dedicated staffer, I have a hard time believing that a man who has never been elected to any office at any level, and who conveniently has no interest in running against his old boss's son Beau Biden, is the best and most qualified choice for the people of Delaware.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | December 15, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: popasmoke | December 15, 2008 6:27 PM | Report abuse

"htruman -- 2 words -- 'bite me dumbass'"

AsperGirl, for eff's sakes, learn to count. I see three words..dumbass.

Posted by: itsagreatday1 | December 15, 2008 6:24 PM | Report abuse

"So for two months we were told, incessantly, that the governor of Alaska was unqualified to be the next vice president of the United States. You know, not enough experience, not enough time in office, not enough serious accomplishments in the world of public policy."

No. It's the stupidity, stupid.

Posted by: DDAWD | December 15, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

This New Yorker doesn't want her!
Does she even know most of New York exists west of the Hudson River?
New York deserves better than our being handed over to a Kennedy because she made a few appearances for Obama!
If that is the criterion, then why not Oprah?

Posted by: yoschoharo | December 15, 2008 6:20 PM | Report abuse

A stupid idea at best. If they are going to fill the Illinois seat by special election the people of NY deserve no less. Let's see what they think of her!

Posted by: buzzsaw1 | December 15, 2008 6:00 PM | Report abuse

So for two months we were told, incessantly, that the governor of Alaska was unqualified to be the next vice president of the United States. You know, not enough experience, not enough time in office, not enough serious accomplishments in the world of public policy.

But many of these same people are telling us that Caroline Kennedy, nice woman that she is, is qualified to be a U.S. senator. Because it would be "modern fairy tale to have the little princess grow up to be a senator," as some put it.

And while I'm sure Ted Kaufman is a dedicated staffer, I have a hard time believing that a man who has never been elected to any office at any level, and who conveniently has no interest in running against his old boss's son Beau Biden, is the best and most qualified choice for the people of Delaware.

Posted by: king_of_zouk | December 15, 2008 5:51 PM | Report abuse

"For all those who panned Palin, CK has even fewer qualifications (except that she is the daughter of an ex-President"

Also helps that she isn't mind-numbingly stupid.

Posted by: DDAWD | December 15, 2008 5:37 PM | Report abuse

Man, do you guys read the stuff that has been written on here? You all have really lost it.

And to compare the Clinton name to the Kennedy or Bush names is ridiculous. You have one husband and one wife holding political office. Let's at least let the "dynasty" crack into a second generation before making such bold assertions.

Posted by: DDAWD | December 15, 2008 5:34 PM | Report abuse

newbeeboy writes
"I'm beginning to wonder if serving in the U.S. Senate really requires any special skill set. Let's face it, your staff and party leaders can tell you what to do, you just raise money and make an occasional speech or ask a few questions during a boring hearing.

What could be easier?"


True enough.

MN is down to a couple thousand disputed ballots after which we may find out whether a comedian is 'qualified' for the job, or not.

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 15, 2008 5:30 PM | Report abuse

I am not sure why her qualifications are being compared to HRC's. HRC ran for the seat and won. The people elected her. CK is asking to be appointed to the seat. An undemocratic appointment is a totally different situation. The governor should consider whether she is qualified and the answer is no. For all those who panned Palin, CK has even fewer qualifications (except that she is the daughter of an ex-President, although I am not sure that qualifies you for anything).

Posted by: columbiaheights | December 15, 2008 5:21 PM | Report abuse

Turn on your TV and watch:

THE OBAMA CHEERLEADERS

They used to be called the Washington Press Corp. At the moment they are lobbing softball questions at the Obamessiah.

Posted by: Tom22 | December 15, 2008 5:20 PM | Report abuse

As a Republican I hope she gets the Senate appointment. Her family (mainly Ted) pushed through the 1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act which LBJ signed. In the 2010 election this issue should be brought up.

Regarding Obama:

The Cover Up is always worse than the Crime.

I just want to know 2 things:

What did Obama Know?

AND

When did he know it?

But,

I will presume Obama to be INNOCENT until proven GUILTY.

Posted by: Tom22 | December 15, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Aspergirl,

"bite me dumbass" is actually 3 words, possibly 4 for hyphenation.

What is your problem? You should support Caroline for the same reason you supported Hillary. She owns a vagina. Well, I'm ASSUMING Hillary has one. Might be a bit of hermaphodite in her as it were.

Posted by: Efffyew2 | December 15, 2008 5:02 PM | Report abuse

Qualified? Since when did a person need to be qualified for public office. Look at some of the people elected to public office Sarah Palin, George W. Bush these people are morons yet there are enough morons in their states or across the country to elect them to office. If you have a good campaign manager, speech writers and a method to get campaign contributions even a moron can get elected. Qualifications would be nice but obviously they are not required.

Posted by: info4 | December 15, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

By the way -- she IS actually from New York. HRC wasn't.

Posted by: gbooksdc | December 15, 2008 4:54 PM | Report abuse

Lucky Us! We the citizens of New York will have another celebrity Senator who will hang around for a term or two - get bored and then fly off to Switzerland to go skiing with their billionaire friends. Why can't New Yorkers get a Senator who has lived a "normal" life (i.e.: had to work for a living) had some adversity to overcome (other than having to pick what private boarding school to attend). Jesus Christ - no wonder this state is number one for Taxes and Loss of Jobs! Maybe they should give the senate seat to Madonna or Brittany Spears makes about as much sense.

Posted by: GOPNAZI | December 15, 2008 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Irony of the highest sort. Virtually all of the objections raised about Ms. Kennedy could have been uttered about HRC's Senate and Presidential campaigns, right down to the "I spent x years in the White House (yeah, CK was six, that's exactly my point).

I hope she gets it. So enjoyable to see others hoisted on their own petard.

Posted by: gbooksdc | December 15, 2008 4:49 PM | Report abuse

"AsperGirl -- two words -- get therapy"

Posted by: htruman | December 15, 2008 4:39 PM

htruman -- 2 words -- "bite me dumbass"

Posted by: AsperGirl | December 15, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

I think she could be good. But I would prefer Robert Kennedy Jr., an outspoken environmental advocate.

Posted by: DCLawyer1 | December 15, 2008 4:46 PM | Report abuse

Maybe I'm missing something. What exactly has she done prior to being nominated for a Senator from New York? Just because members of her family were in politics doesn't mean she is automatically quailfied to become a Senator. Besides having a well known name is there any other qualification to being a Senator from New York?

Posted by: Jimof1913 | December 15, 2008 4:44 PM | Report abuse

As Governor Patterson has said "Obviously people are interested and would like to come in and present their case, and if they ask for that time I'll grant it to them."

O.K. Governor, I would like to meet with you this weeek or next, please let me know what time, Also do you want to meet in Albany or in the NYC? I will only need about an hour of your time, but as you have made it clear all are welcome, this should be no problem.

Posted by: WashingtonTimesisBetter | December 15, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

Who???

Caroline Blagejovich?

U kiddin' me??

Posted by: spidermonkey | December 15, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

I'm beginning to wonder if serving in the U.S. Senate really requires any special skill set. Let's face it, your staff and party leaders can tell you what to do, you just raise money and make an occasional speech or ask a few questions during a boring hearing.

What could be easier?

Posted by: newbeeboy | December 15, 2008 4:40 PM | Report abuse

AsperGirl -- two words -- get therapy

Posted by: htruman | December 15, 2008 4:39 PM | Report abuse

Mendota - you looooossssttttt. Quit whining already.

Posted by: htruman | December 15, 2008 4:34 PM | Report abuse

The question is not simply, as nearly all articles put it, whether or not she is qualified to be senator, but whether she is more qualified than the other people who Paterson might name. Few of the articles written about Caroline Kennedy possibly being named even mention the other possibilities, much less compare their relative experience, policy positions, etc. Journalists like to write about Caroline. The other people who might be considered are, well, so common and boring.

Posted by: Sutter | December 15, 2008 4:32 PM | Report abuse

Does anyone think former President John Kennedy's daughter won't get the Senate seat ? Hillary is looking ahead 8 years .... I think Caroline Kennedy being our countries first female President would be great. Senator Kennedy from New York State has "SUCH" a familiar ring doesn't it !!!!!

Posted by: gatorsn09 | December 15, 2008 4:28 PM | Report abuse

Kennedy, Bush, Clinton, Cuomo, Biden, etc. All haved legacies ready for one or more political offices. How about some new blood? Why not just make the above royalty and dispense with the elections? Everyone of these names have a chance of ending up in high office at the stroke of a governor's pen - even William Jefferson Clinton (to succeed Hillary). Why not select legislators that are closer to the people, those that know the difficulties ordinary members face on a day to day basis. Caroline is a nice person, but we don't need another wealthy attorney and law scholar for the US Senate.

Posted by: saelij | December 15, 2008 4:24 PM | Report abuse

I suspect she'd be a very good senator. Her heart will be in the right place and she could get great staff. That said, it is hard not to feel like she hasnt earned it. Were I in New York State, I'd be tempted to vote for someone who didnt see the US Senate as the place to start a political career.

Posted by: davidscott1 | December 15, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

I suspect she'd be a very good senator. Her heart will be in the right place and she could get great staff. That said, it is hard not to feel like she hasnt earned it. Were I in New York State, I'd be tempted to vote for someone who didnt see the US Senate as the place to start a political career.

Posted by: davidscott1 | December 15, 2008 4:23 PM | Report abuse

THis is ridiculous - Muldar claims Hillary did "good work" for NY? Do you actually live in NY?

She promised to be a "full time" Senator, then went AWOL for 3 years to run for President. What a Joke.

Now the dying patriarch of the Kennedy clan wants to force his dullard neice onto the people of NY. Fool Dems and their lackeys in the Unions will likely vote for her. God, I hope the people of this state wake up!

Posted by: pgr88 | December 15, 2008 4:15 PM | Report abuse

Hey, what are you guys talking about? Wasn't Caroline the first person called Messiah Obama "A President Like My Father"? That's a demonstration of great judgement.
According to Messiah Obama's fans, "judgement" is the most important factor to be a great politician.
So forget about the experience, qualification. We have a great senator in Caroline Kennedy for her great "judgement".

Posted by: Mendota | December 15, 2008 4:14 PM | Report abuse

Bad choice, Kennedy is not qualified nor has much of a record of anything. Andrew Cuomo is by far the best choice. He is currently NY State Attorney General, was Sec. of Housing and Urban Dev., past chair of NYC Homeless Comm. (among other things) and essentially has walked the walk.

If Kennedy is appointed to fill Rodham Clinton's seat, it will be unjust, and yes, a slap in the face to Hillary and to the good work she has done for the citizens of New York. Put someone in her seat who can further her work, not sit there with a recognizable name.

Posted by: muldar | December 15, 2008 4:10 PM | Report abuse

All style, no substance. Kennedy is proof that you need absolutely no experience to become a senator. After all, it is the most exclusive club in the world with only 100 members. Some of those members don't even realize where they are, right Mr. Byrd?


Posted by: mortified469 | December 15, 2008 4:09 PM | Report abuse

Wow. All you fools whining that nobody will say no to Kennedy might consider how much better off we'd be today if a few of you had said no to a Bush.

Posted by: dablues1 | December 15, 2008 4:08 PM | Report abuse

The media loves this but upstate new yorkers see this as a pay to play move by the Kennedys and Obama who are making Paterson and offer he can't refuse. The fix was in when Teddy and Obama hooked up in the primary to block Clinton and clear a path for Caroline to be Obama's VP in 2012, and ultimately first female president in 2016.

Posted by: rdklingus | December 15, 2008 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Another horse-faced Kennedy running for something? Well, maybe the females in the dynasty will be better than the gin-soaked, drugged, skirt-chasing men. I don't vote for candidates based solely on their name. They have to actually DO SOMETHING WORTHWHILE!

Posted by: Baltimore11 | December 15, 2008 4:06 PM | Report abuse

Kennedy vs Palin in 2016........at least they would be equally unqualified....

Posted by: seakeys | December 15, 2008 4:05 PM | Report abuse

She hasn't paid her dues. It's bad enough she seems barely qualified but the fact that she won't even have to run to become a senator is just ridiculous. To have her just cut to the front of the line and not have to do all the hard work and stress that comes with running for office is beyond repugnant to me.

Posted by: ochocinco85 | December 15, 2008 4:03 PM | Report abuse

Oh boy, nothing like a little change... or more of the same. It's not Hillary's seat it's the peoples, or the governors to allocate in this case.

I agree with previous post, enough of the Kennedy's let them fade from public life along with Teddy "Chappaquidic" Kennedy. Let him be the last. She has no experience, no cliam to the seat other than her name. That's not the way america is supposed to work and if the democrats let it happen it will be the next nail in the coffin of their so called "change we need".

Maybe now some of the young, naive voters who helped Obama win are starting to realize that they all say the same stuff to get elected and then within months after entering office they're sucked into the morass of DC...and it's business as usual...

Too bad we can't get any decent people to run for office, only egomaniacs, power mongers, and the corrupt need apply...

How about a revolution, let's throw the whole lot out!

Posted by: Degenerate | December 15, 2008 4:00 PM | Report abuse

perfect, for new york.

Posted by: maphound | December 15, 2008 3:55 PM | Report abuse

Let's remind everyone that, although JFK was well loved, he wasn't a great or even really good president.

Posted by: AsperGirl | December 15, 2008 3:52 PM | Report abuse

What an infuriating, insulting slap in the face to those who supported a woman for national office this year, only to see them belittled and ridiculed in the media and by Democrats, as being under-qualified and making specious claims to "entitlement" to a national office because of who they were, instead of their allegedly sparse qualifications.

Now, we have here a cynical hypocritical move: appoint a woman to a U.S. senate seat who has a resume that reads only like an upscale housewife: hosted this banquet, and so on.

Where is Father Pfleger when you need him, crying "I'm entitled"! Or Tina Fey with her woman-belittling portrayals.

Posted by: AsperGirl | December 15, 2008 3:51 PM | Report abuse

How interesting, the Kennedys diss Hillary Clinton during her campaign and now Caroline wants Hillary's seat? Wow, talk about nerve. The Democrats are paving the way for her to run for higher office one day....

Posted by: calkid | December 15, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Didn't Caroline Kennedy's husband dump her in Southern California last year where they lived for decades. Now all of the sudden she is a New Yorker and her husband is back with her?

Caroline just wants one of her sons to be president of the U.S.

Why does the Ted Kennedy Democratic party always have to force the rest of the Democratic party to follow their lead and place their family members in political positions.

THIS IS THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY NOT THE KENNEDY PARTY!!

WE DEMOCRATS WON THIS PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION BECAUSE INDEPENDENTS KICKED THE OLD GOP BUMS OUT NOT BECAUSE ALL OF THE SUDDEN AMERICANS ARE PLEASED WITH THE DEMOCRATS AND THEIR LEADERSHIP INCLUDING OBAMA.

NO PAY TO PLAY. NO KENNEDY DYNASTY IN NYC.

CAROLINE KENNEDY IS AN OLD SOW.

Posted by: gracedelvillar | December 15, 2008 3:50 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I heard a mother with kids at home cannot have time to hold national political office.

Oh, forgot -- Only a Republican Governor with kids at home is unqualified. At least it will be entertaining a week from now when the press releases every damning nuance of Ms. Kennedy's life. Oops -- forgot again.

Posted by: tommariner | December 15, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

I've looked through the Constitution couldn't find anything about needing a Kennedy in the Senate. I looked twice.

I does seem rather imperial to go from 'highly connected citizen' to Senator without a few of those ugly election things that you have to win. If you have the fire in the belly to have the job - then participate in couple of elections. The governor will do what he does, but it seems like she's just phoning it in. (Literally)

Posted by: DonJasper | December 15, 2008 3:43 PM | Report abuse

USAROWNOW: According to Wikipedia, her married name is still "Caroline Bouvier Kennedy". She never changed her name.

Posted by: hiberniantears | December 15, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Sweet Caroline! Good times never looked so good!! Uncle Teddy got you a job in the U.S. Senate. Must be nice to be privileged with the Kennedy name when so many Americans are losing their jobs.

Now we know why Caroline Kennedy supported Obama from the beginning and was Michelle Obama' sidekick.

You gotta pay to play. I hope Gov. Pattersen does not appoint Caroline Kennedy but rather Cuomo.

I do not see any experience that Caroline Kennedy demonstrates other than possessing the name Kennedy and writing a few family books.

What Uncle Teddy wants, Uncle Teddy gets. Didn't we learn from Illinois Gov. Blagejovich that we should avoid this type of pay to play politics?

Posted by: gracedelvillar | December 15, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Unlike her late brother John, she certainly didn't inherit either Jack or Jackie's attractiveness.

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | December 15, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Sweet Caroline! Good times never looked so good!! Uncle Teddy got you a job in the U.S. Senate. Must be nice to be privileged when so many Americans are losing their jobs.

Now we know why Caroline Kennedy supported Obama from the beginning and was Michelle Obama' sidekick.

You gotta pay to play. I hope Gov. Pattersen does not appoint Caroline Kennedy but rather Cuomo.

I do not see any experience that Caroline Kennedy demonstrates other than possessing the name Kennedy and writing a few family books.

What Uncle Teddy wants, Uncle Teddy gets. Didn't we learn from Illinois Gov. Blagejovich that we should avoid this type of pay to play politics?

Posted by: gracedelvillar | December 15, 2008 3:41 PM | Report abuse

Caroline Kennedy is really well-dressed and knows how to spend money. She's a perfect fit for the U.S. Senate...as it now exists/feeds at the public tit.

Posted by: mftill | December 15, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Mother Nature hasn’t been to kind to this old biddy. Maybe she should go back to hiding from the press. Ouch!!!!!

Posted by: askgees | December 15, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Whoa, whoa, whoa! "HER seat?" I would have thought that seat belonged to the people of New York. Not Hillary Clinton. What IS it with those two?

Posted by: hongdb | December 15, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

Hey, wait a minute, what's her real married name and what will the kids and hubby do?

Posted by: usarownow | December 15, 2008 3:40 PM | Report abuse

We need to end the dynasties in America, not perpetuate them. We revolted against Britain 250 years ago to get rid of these problems. Not to mention the fact that Caroline Kennedy has not one iota of experience, expertise or significant accomplishments on her resume.

Posted by: SherlockHolmes | December 15, 2008 3:37 PM | Report abuse

A dilettante. First time she runs up against Mitch McConnell she'll run back to Park Ave.

Posted by: Garak | December 15, 2008 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Let’s see if that dumb b i t c h Tina Fay can come up something on Caroline.

Posted by: stknox | December 15, 2008 3:31 PM | Report abuse

To paraphrase McCormick, if her name was Caroline Bouvier instead of Caroline Bouvier Kennedy, no one would even remotely consider her for the Senate, given her lack of qualifications and insignificant political experience.

Posted by: lwilliamson1 | December 15, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

enough with the nepotism. we don't need political dynasties in this country. get lost, caroline

Posted by: doughless | December 15, 2008 3:29 PM | Report abuse

hey, it's obama paying off caroline for her endorsement!

obama and blago..same town, same state, same payoffs

Posted by: newagent99 | December 15, 2008 3:28 PM | Report abuse

looks like Rodham Clinton finally found a way to pay off her campaign debts... wonder if Rahm negotiated the "deal".

Posted by: angriestdogintheworld | December 15, 2008 3:27 PM | Report abuse

Demonstrated competency clearly does not matter to liberal progressive Democrats. All that matters is media attractiveness and pedigree (social and academic.)

Posted by: DoTheRightThing | December 15, 2008 3:24 PM | Report abuse

get lost back-stabber, and take your vindictive cousin kerry (who would do anything to block her ex from the seat) with you.
what is coming tomorrow - your Christmas list? anything else you'd like to request? let us know!
'announces interest' - here in the US we run for seats. we don't just announce our interest.
buh bye

Posted by: OrlandoNan | December 15, 2008 3:23 PM | Report abuse

With all the qualified people in NY, it would be absurd for Caroline Kennedy to be appointed to fill HRC's senate seat. Her ONLY claim to fame is her last name which is hardly a qualification for the U.S. senate.

Besides, she's Sandra Bernhardt ugly and who wants to see that face all the time in the paper and on TV???

Posted by: checkered1 | December 15, 2008 3:22 PM | Report abuse

"That (her) case in a nutshell: she is the heir to the most famous political legacy in American politics, she has universal name identification and the ability to raise untold amounts of money, and she is personally close to the president-elect."

Excuse me, but those are not legitimite reasons at all.

Posted by: asoders22 | December 15, 2008 3:18 PM | Report abuse

How dumb can The Clintonites be? So Caroline supported Barack Obama. So what?? Hillary ran against him! Suppose President elect Obama had the same mindset as the Clintonites do. Hillary would not be waiting to become our next Secretary of State, now would she? Move on Clintonites. You are starting to look as ridiculous as the McCainites and Palinites did during the campaigns!!

Posted by: OHREALLYNOW | December 15, 2008 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Excellent Choice.

Posted by: jato1 | December 15, 2008 3:16 PM | Report abuse

Clanish nepotism, entitlement, elites and dynasties....

Geo. Washington rejected monarchy, the Bushes, Clintons and Kennedys seek it. High browed, well-heeled fighters for the down trodden.

My, but the rich and powerful must have boring lives...otherwise why would they do it??

Posted by: lovinliberty | December 15, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

This reeks of entitlement. Her first political office is in the United States Senate? I am a woman and a Democrat and I find this offensive.

Posted by: sandydc1 | December 15, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

What for? She has NEVER generated any policy statements EVER. The whim of idiots is important. God, please save this country from aristocrats who think taxpayers owe them a living.

The current occupant is vacated in mind.

Posted by: virgin12 | December 15, 2008 3:14 PM | Report abuse

NO. NO. NO.

The best thing that Patterson can do is appoint a "care taker" for the next 2 years and have a regular election when the seat is up.

If Kennedy wants it, then go for it. Win the Democratic primaries and win the general.

This is no "CHANGE we can Believe in."

Posted by: vmrg1974 | December 15, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: mharwick | December 15, 2008 3:08 PM | Report abuse

Has the current occupant yet vacated the seat?

Posted by: bsimon1 | December 15, 2008 3:06 PM | Report abuse

CAROLINE KENNEDY IS WELL-QUALIFIED TO BE A UNITED STATES SENATOR-SHE IS MORE QUALIFIED THAN BARAK OBAMA WHEN HE WAS ELECTED.

Saying she can "do anything," New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave a boost Monday (December 8th, 2008) to Kennedy. "Caroline Kennedy is a very experienced woman, she's worked very hard for the city. I can just tell you she's made an enormous difference in New York City," Bloomberg said after meeting on Capitol Hill with other U.S. mayors to seek stimulus spending from Congress.

Kennedy's possible run for senate would continue her family's long legacy in the political arena. Father, John F. Kennedy, served as U.S. president in 1960, and uncles Robert and Edward have both worked as U.S. Senators.

Biography: writer, editor, lawyer. Born Caroline Bouvier Kennedy on November 27, 1957, in New York, New York, to Jacqueline and John F. Kennedy. Caroline spent her early years living in the White House during her father's term as president. His time in office is often referred to as the "Camelot Presidency" for the hope and optimism the young politician brought to America. As a result, the Kennedy's were thrust into the spotlight as the ideal American family. Caroline was a frequent media darling; people couldn't get enough of the little

Posted by: mharwick | December 15, 2008 3:05 PM | Report abuse

Let me guess, Caroline Kennedy is favored because Chellsie Clinton supported her mother rather than Obama?

Posted by: ahashburn | December 15, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Hey, I'm not saying looks are everything, but when did Caroline Kennedy turn into Ernest Borgnine? Man, that's a face that could stop a freight train.

Posted by: birvin9999 | December 15, 2008 3:03 PM | Report abuse

I am a former New Yorker (now in Michigan) so I don't have a voice in the election. While Caroline Kennedy may not be the down-and-dirty, gritty politico that some apparently believe are better suited for public office, I think she would do a superb job for the people of New York. She is higly intelligent, well educated and has compassion and understanding of what needs to be fixed.

Look at her work on the NYC schools. She helped to elevate the challenges of public school financing from cries for higher taxation imposed on an already stretched electorate, to finding creative ways to improve the quality of a public education in New York City.

She is not in it for money, an eye on the presidency or personal aggrandizement.
She is in it to make a difference.

I think New York will benefit from her appointment, should she be named the next Senator.

Posted by: KayinMichigan | December 15, 2008 2:59 PM | Report abuse

It seems all you need is a famous last name to get this seat. no actual experience or qualifications required. but then as goes the top of the ticket.......

Posted by: king_of_zouk | December 15, 2008 2:54 PM | Report abuse

For Carolyn Kennedy to be even considered is an insult to me and every other working woman in America. I have worked all my life (40 years) to get where I am. Carolyn should not cut in line because of her name. She has no experience and brings nothing to the table other than the debt that Obama owes to Ted for supporting him rather than Clinton. It is time for CHANGE. Support merit rather than connections.

Posted by: RESCHOLL | December 15, 2008 2:53 PM | Report abuse

Caroline Kennedy for Senate?
Do you think theres some Blagojevich type politics going on in New York State? Who's paying who for this one. Maybe Mr. C. Rangel can give her a rent subsidized apartment for a few months during her stay.
Lets "follow the money" on this one.

Posted by: StJohn1 | December 15, 2008 2:52 PM | Report abuse

I think Caroline Kennedy is a smart, public spirited, and dignified woman. But what do any of the "qualifications" advanced by her sister have to do with being a good Senator? Being heir to a legacy? Hello -- this is the United States, not a dynasty? Being able to raise money? Being close to the President? Is there no one in New York with real legislative and policy experience?

Posted by: fmjk | December 15, 2008 2:48 PM | Report abuse

WRONG KENNEDY?

With elections in 2010 and '12, she will be consumed by fund-raising and campaigning.

Couldn't she have a greater impact in another role?

If the Kennedys must reclaim the seat, how about letting RFK Jr. handle the endless campaign of the next four years?

He's got more political experience, and has worked the fields of issue politics much more than his cousin Caroline.


Posted by: scrivener50 | December 15, 2008 2:46 PM | Report abuse

When did we become so obsessed with Sangre Real that we looked past what New Yorkers really need: someone who has shown that they can deliver. I'd much prefer to see someone like Congresswoman Gillibrand get the nod.

Posted by: sa00 | December 15, 2008 2:43 PM | Report abuse

I think she may proved to be a great senator if elected. I don't think she should be given this Senator seat simply because her last name is Kennedy. That is truly going to be come a problem and make it difficult for her to actually win in an election. I think the govenor will get a lot a negative press for not giving it to her. After all, who is going to say NO to a KENNEDY.

Posted by: adonalson | December 15, 2008 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Appoint the little do-nothing but smile princess and watch her get eaten alive in the next election. That will be fun.

Posted by: idiparker | December 15, 2008 2:39 PM | Report abuse

She has zero campaign skills. She will make New York a battleground state.

Posted by: blasmaic | December 15, 2008 2:36 PM | Report abuse

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