Monday, December 8, 2008

Sen. Caroline Kennedy?--Thanks, but no thanks!

I have to say that I agree with Kos, Atrios, and Jane about the appointment of Caroline Kennedy to Hillary Clinton's soon-to-be-vacated seat in the Senate:
It's one thing when the children of politicians use their name and network advantages to make political careers for themselves - regrettable but inevitable in our very imperfect meritocracy - but quite another when it's just bestowed on them.
I revere the memory of her father and uncle, I met her as a teenager and I'm sure she's still a nice person, and she's got a J.D. from Columbia, but Kos is right:
Caroline has done nothing to help beat back the right-wing machine. But now, she's supposed to be handed by fiat what others fight their whole lives to attain?
If she wants to help--now that the struggle is over and the real fighting is about to begin--can't Obama just give her an ambassadorship to someplace nice and warm, like Belize or Costa Rica, instead?

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