December 18th, 2008
10:30 AM ET

Send in the celebrities

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/POLITICS/12/15/kennedy.senate/art.kennedy.gi.jpg caption="Caroline Kennedy would like to be considered for the New York Senate seat."]

Gail Collins
The New York Times

Caroline Kennedy wants Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat. And New York is taking her seriously. We are talking about this matter a lot when we aren’t otherwise engaged in attempting to string up rogue investment advisers.

A free United States Senate seat is a very fine thing, especially since Gov. David Paterson does not seem to be expecting a holiday envelope from the lucky winner, unlike some governors we could mention. However, Paterson does want someone who could come up with around $50 million for a statewide campaign in 2010, and Kennedy has been supersuccessful at raising money for New York City’s public schools and other good causes. Although it’s important to note that asking for money to buy books for poor children is not quite the same thing as asking for money to buy 60-second TV commercials about how great you are.

It is a tribute to the raging mediocrity of New York politics that while many people have expressed reservations about giving the Senate job to an untested, hitherto publicity-shy political novice, their protests often wind up with: “Why pick Caroline Kennedy when we could have — um ...”


Filed under: Caroline Kennedy • Hillary Clinton • Raw Politics
soundoff (4 Responses)
  1. Joanne, Solvay, NY

    Perhaps she should run for a position within the New York City government first!

    December 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  2. Annie Kate

    She has worked on her causes – maybe not causes some people believe in or give credit to and since when is being a mother not a job? We might be amazed at what all Caroline has done if we took the time to find out about it instead of jumping to conclusions. Hilary was Senator and she had not "worked" for it for years – she had just been First Lady, dodging bullets in Bosnia. Caroline is going through the process the governor set out just like the other people who are interested in the job. She may not get it. Who knows? She needs to be evaluated though on more than her wealth and her name just like everyone else.

    December 18, 2008 at 11:07 am |
  3. Aly

    Essentially she is a wealthy stay-at-home mother with a famous name with connections to wealthy people who can donate a lot of money to her causes. She has never aspired to public service until now. Sorry, but she needs to work for it just like everyone else, not just walk in and think she will be picked just because of what her name is.

    December 18, 2008 at 10:50 am |
  4. Judy Corbitt

    I am a 61 year old white lesbian who has been in a monogamous relationship for 22 years. Barrack Obama is the first leader of our country who gave me the belief that there may truly be equality for me or at least younger gays in this country. Now with the choice of Rick Warren to deliver the invocation at his inauguration I am truly concerned that maybe he is not the leader I hoped he would be. Not only because of the gay rights issue but the buy out to such Bigotry. Hope he's not just another "Wheeler/Dealer".

    December 18, 2008 at 10:46 am |