December 15th, 2008
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  1. Maureen, Georgia

    I don't think that skit was funny.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  2. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    SNL is funny, but sometimes the freedom to be funny should not be used. Not everything in life is a joke.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  3. Dorothy

    SNL went to far!

    December 15, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  4. Becky

    Rachel, I don't know if you know this...but money is something NYC schools need. In order for us to 'craft the curriculum' as you say, we need professional development. And money is required for that...

    December 15, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  5. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Goodnight all! Peace on earth!

    December 15, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  6. anderson cooper

    great conversation tonite.. thanks all .. have a great night

    December 15, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  7. Mike, Syracuse NY

    The sense of entitlement regarding C. Kennedy is disturbing. There are many without the big name who have served the state in an elected capacity for years who are much better qualified. Andrew Coumo for one.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:56 pm |
  8. Kristine

    Is Caroline Kennedy qualified? Well my state quite possibly will elect a comedian as our Senator. If he's qualified, then an educated lawyer, involved in educational reform who grew up in a political family should more than be qualified for the job!

    December 15, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  9. jacqueline


    December 15, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  10. Donald Newman

    I oppose Caroline's selection. She chose an essentially private life which was her right. But now to want to burst into the world of politics at the level of senator is unacceptable. Yes she has done public works, raised funds for education and written books. But she has scrupulously avoided the political world until she decided to endorse Barack. There are more qualified candidates who have toiled in the vineyard. Caroline should thrust herself into the political world as her late brother did, before she decides to pursue such a high elective office.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  11. Vanessa, Silver Spring Maryland

    I think that SNL went to far. But it's SNL! It's crazy, now everytime I see the Gov. I'll think of the SNL guy who played him. I don't think it was an attack on the disabled though. SNL makes fun of everybody. But I do think they should have done that skit differently.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  12. Merville

    New York elected Hillary Clinton to the senate, without any active experience outside of being Bill Clinton's wife and former first lady. Take also into consideration the fact that Hillary wasn't and isn't from NY. Caroline should be given a chance at that seat. America is looking for change, not politics as usual, something new. Why therefore, should we keep pushing the same old faces forward with the same agenda.

    In regards to the SNL skit, there is a thin line between funny and tacky. It is not like they're making fun of his stupidity, his disability is something that he has no control over, and that should be off limits. Have a little tack or at least some class, how can you laugh at something when the visual is image leaves you dumb-founded.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  13. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    as ridiculous as it sounds, i wouldnt rule out 'the nanny' just yet.

    she is a tough cookie and very smart.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  14. Candace from Canada

    Wow, tonight's show has been so good I have barely had a chance to Blog!
    And the hour is almost up!

    It has been a great evening again!
    Great comments out there, lots of diversity in our thoughts that is for sure!

    Have a great evening everyone!
    Hope to blog again soon!
    😉 cam_canada

    December 15, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  15. EJ (USA)

    I bet a lot of legally blind people found that skit hilarious. Sometimes people with certain disabilities have a greater sense of humor than those without – as a necessity.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:55 pm |
  16. Minou, New York City

    I agree with M. Halperin. Pres Bush's reaction to the shoe-thrower should have been more sensitive to the reasons behind the insult.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  17. carol swenson

    Caroline Kennedy has never been elected to public office. For Gov. Paterson to appoint her may be felt by Hillary Clinton supporters as another stab in the back since Ms. Kennedy did not support Sen. Clinton for President. Such an appointment could be politically counter productive for Gov. Paterson.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  18. Darren S.

    SNL knows what Richard Pryor said is true "It's only obscene if it's not funny".

    December 15, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  19. Chris

    I find Caroline Kennedy so boring to listen to. She does not seem confident as a speaker or politician. It would be difficult to get inspired by someone like that.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  20. Joe from IOWA

    Lets sum it all up.... She cant do any worse than anyone else in congress so give her a chance. Making fun of the NY Governor.... a disgrace, stick with the Palin stuff.... throwing a shoe at MY president? I may dislike him and his politics.... but lemme speak for Americans when I say "Never mess with our country or our leaders"

    December 15, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  21. Amber Merritt - L.A.

    Kennedy as NY Senate? Should a name alone be enough to be a United States senator. I agree that her name would not even be in the running if it wasn't the "great name" of Kennedy.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  22. Derrick

    Over a 100K Iraqi civilians have been killed during this war. What would you have done if the reason for those deaths had come to town expecting a kiss on the cheek? I'm glad he missed but I can certainly understand the journalist's frustration. We've been looking at the war from an American point of view. Take time to think of it from an Iraqi point of view. Their family and friends are killed daily; their infrastructure is gone. We can't get over the fact that some governor tried to sale a senate seat.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  23. Becky

    I really loved SNL during the election. I always looked forward to seeing Tina Fey, she's great. But I could live without seeing this skit offending people with disabilities...

    December 15, 2008 at 10:53 pm |
  24. elisabeth meier

    Anderson, you just discuss Carolines qualification, what about this actress?? isnt that to take serious?

    December 15, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  25. Leslie

    Re: Caroline Kennedy for U.S. Senate–my sense is that this is a very viable candidacy and it would be a positive thing for New York and for our country.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  26. John Brock

    I am absolutely furious that Caroline Kennedy might be handed the office of Senator on a silver platter with no specific qualifications to speak of beyond her last name! She has absolutely nothing that ten thousand other New York women don't have in equal measure, except that she is a Kennedy. Enough with dynasties!!!

    December 15, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  27. Eric

    Yes, Caroline is qualified, intelligent and I would love to see her get the position. In order to break through the “GroupThink” process in Washington, we need to bring in outsiders. Caroline Kennedy has a great social conscience, a great grasp on constitutional rights, and I trust her to work for the American people. I would take 1 honest politician that cares about Americans over 10 politicians that are only guided by self-interest.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  28. kenny

    hey silver fox, no i do not think caroline kennedy is qualified to be senator? all she is liking all the attention! and the spot light.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  29. RogerInPhx

    And exactly what are the qualifications to be a Senator? During a time of "change" as mandated by the voting public last month, it is anything that wins the confidence of the voters. With her entire life as a member of a highly political family, if Caroline can get the votes – she is qualified.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  30. Lisa L

    Dear Anderson,

    I believe Caroline Kennedy is qualified to fulfil the senator role.

    Thank you for the encore presentation of planet in peril.


    Lisa L
    Sydney, Australia

    December 15, 2008 at 10:52 pm |
  31. Brandi - bottom of the boot

    im amazed Gov Blago will not resign, after just the partial pieces of the transcripts were released it was clear something very wrong is going on.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  32. Steve Claghorn

    Caroline Kennedy? This is a well-born person who has spent a life avoiding real work. At least it won't take long to read her resume.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  33. Terri Gomez

    Hi Anderson,

    Carolyn Kennedy is not qualified to be our Senator. People gave Hillary so much grief because it was somehow wrong to be a practicing lawyer and be married to a president, but for Caroline, it's okay to be the sister, not practice with her law degree, and she's done nothing but raise money.

    The irony after the billionaire ponzie scheme story is glaringly painful.

    How about someone whose idea of public service rests in actually working with the public, instead of bestowing their dynastic legacy upon it for their own aggrandizement?

    December 15, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  34. Megan Dresslar (Shoreline, WA)

    I think Michael Ware is an excellent reporter and feel like I finally get a detailed and honest version of what is happening – wherever he is!
    Yup! he is best reporter in the world! I think you're right, Sherry.... He is honest man I see.......

    December 15, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  35. Nancy

    Exactly what are the qualifications to be a U.S. Senator? Seems pretty diverse to me.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  36. sharon

    With due respect Anderson could it be that how people come into power might have something to do with the U.S.'s downfall? Senator? Why not? Let her join the club. How bad could it get?

    December 15, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  37. Rachel

    Caroline is in no way qualified to be a US Senator. Her resume is very very thin. She's never actually accomplished anything in her life. All she has ever done is capitalize on her family name. She went to law school but never practiced law. She sat on the board of the NYC ballet. Wow, I'm so impressed. People say she helped improve inner city schools. What people don't mention is she 'helped', not by crafting curriculum or contributing in any meaningfully involved way-but by simply raising money which required her to pick up a phone and capialize yet again on her family name. My cat is more qualified.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  38. Don, WA

    On Caroline Kennedy – "she's not seeking fame" the report said. She does'nt need money (I imagine) – those are qualities that make me think she actually wants to work for the state and the country. I guess that's not enough – skill wise – but she's been around the political block and seems smart – but no – if she were Caroline Smith she would'nt be in the running – but Carolyn Smith meets Carolyn "Kennedy" – might be a good thing.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:51 pm |
  39. deborah s., oh

    Yes, Caroline Kennedy is qualified to be a senator! didn't think I'd ever see her do it, but I'm all for it.

    Impeach the Ill. governor-we need some good tv.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  40. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Brandi, I have to disagree, it is all about whether or not she is rich. Most people have had personal stuggles that doesn't qualify her for this job. Stuggling financially gives you a different perspective.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:50 pm |
  41. EJ (USA)

    Well – I guess I'm a bad person because I thought that SNL skit was hilarious. I didn't see it as making fun of people with disabilities. We're talking about SNL right? Since when have they cared about being offensive?

    December 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  42. James McDowall

    Caroline Kennedy has the name and desire to serve the public.
    If experience counts then we should throw out at least half the Senate.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  43. Robb Cavanagh

    Caroline is wise, smart and a dedicated public servant despite the low profile. She is at the point where she can make that leap to the public arena, and can do it well, serve New York well and also give New York the higher profile and attention it deserves in the political arena.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  44. Lorie Ann, Buellton, California

    Has Hillary or her team had talks about who she wants in the seat? There must be more qualified people who should be considered at least.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  45. Belynda

    The only real difference between Hillary Clinton and Caroline Kennedy as being qualified for Senator of NY... Caroline is actually from NY.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  46. carol swenson

    Caroline Kennedy's qualifications pale besides those of Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi and NY Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
    These two men have both been elected to public office. She has not. Suozzi brought Nassau Cty. from a financial miasma to solvency. Cuomo has investigated school district lawyers wrongfully receiving state pensions and fraud in special districts in NYS.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:49 pm |
  47. elisabeth meier

    she never practiced her job? oops... but what qualifies the nanny?
    and joe johns is true... Hillary also had no experience and her image also was not really a positive one

    December 15, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  48. Betty Ann, Nacogdoches,TX

    Trisha~ We need gentler and kinder and female too!

    December 15, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  49. Vanessa, Silver Spring Maryland

    Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio
    I’d rather see someone in the NY senate who knows what it is like to struggle, not some spoiled rich kid who never had to worry about the necessities of life.

    Don't fault Caroline Kennedy for growing up in a rich family. She didn't pick her father, she didn't pick her life. I love Fran Drescher. Huge fan of her show. I'm happy that she's throwing herself in the race, but don't discredit caroline because when she grew up she had money, and when fran grew up she didn't. There both candidates that people can question when it comes to qualifications.

    December 15, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
  50. Rikki, Fargo, ND

    That is a really good point. Caroline Kennedy has always led a rather private life. If she becomes senator of New York she is going to have to give all that up...and everything she does is going to be public knowledge. Why would she want to give all that up?

    December 15, 2008 at 10:48 pm |
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