Monday, December 22, 2008

Senator Caroline Kennedy?

An anti-cleric acquaintance of mine was recently railing against the Catholic clergy giving advice to families. After all, he maintained, priests cannot marry and are supposed to be celibate, so how can they possibly understand the problems of a husband and wife or of parents?

I had a similar reaction upon learning that Caroline Kennedy wants New York Gov. David Paterson to name her to the Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton.

How can this woman possibly understand her constituents?

It is a gross understatement to say she was born with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth. She is a product of the most exclusive private schools, including the Brearley School in New York and the Concord Academy in Massachusetts, as well as Harvard and Columbia University.

Despite the exclusive nature of her educational background, the Kennedy scion claims to be something of an expert in the field of public education. She has worked to gain private funding for public schools, but so does the PTA.

In fact, not a lot is known about the notoriously publicity-shy Kennedy. She refuses to answer questions from the media as softball as they are from the MSM. What is known from public record is this would-be politician has been lackadaisical about voting, even in Democratic primaries, since registering to vote in New York in 1988.

Despite this, the media have been relatively silent, as opposed to their scrutiny of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, a woman of humble beginnings who worked to build a business, PTA, city and state.

Arguably, a senator’s obligations are much more complex than that of vice president. So where are the pontificators about Kennedy’s total absence of qualification to be a United States Senator?

Quoting Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-NY), “I don't know what Caroline Kennedy’s qualifications are. Except that she has name recognition, but so does J-Lo.”

J-Lo may even be better qualified.

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