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22nd January
2009
written by Sean Noble

The saga of the on-again, off-again, appointment of Caroline Kennedy to the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Hillary Clinton demonstrates that even the most famous name in American politics isn’t always enough to get you in the game.

Kennedy’s potential appointment was always a bit of a mystery to me.  New York AG Andrew Cuomo is a battle-tested pol who has a strong machine in New York.  Kennedy has some of that mystic star power, but after a disastrous interview with New York 1 TV, and AP that luster began to fade.

New York Governor Paterson, while initially flirting with the idea of appointing Kennedy, made a smart decision in tapping Cuomo.  He will be much harder for a Republican to defeat than Kennedy would have been.  Kennedy sensed she needed a graceful exit, and was said to pull her own name out of contention.  But now the New York Times is reporting that it was tax problems.  Don’t believe it for a second.  She isn’t going for confirmation hearings – Paterson’s people are just trying to save face with Kennedy partisans.

Ultimately, we were spared the prospect of the continuation of a political dynasty – because Caroline Kennedy was not ready for prime time.  Camelot is fading away…

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  1. 22/01/2009

    I am glad she was derailed. The Democrats thought of her as a cash cow but didn’t realize she had the personality and political acumen of a turnip.

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