AC360 Associate Producer
Well, we’re in the home stretch. One week from today is Christmas. The day when little kids wake up early and rush downstairs to find out if Santa brought them that new bike, doll house or Senate seat.
Caroline Kennedy is back in Manhattan after spending a busy Wednesday upstate, meeting with local political leaders, arm wrestling Bills fans, and going door-to-door discussing housing issues: “Your home is so lovely. It reminds me of John Kenneth Galbraith’s chalet in Gstaad.”
Ms. Kennedy didn’t answer too many questions from reporters but – in the few remarks she did make – demonstrated a knack for connecting with average citizens: “I love being here in Southern Canada. It has the cheerfulness of Martha’s Vineyard and the serenity of Nantucket.”
And despite the circus-like atmosphere I reject the insinuation that the Senate appointment process has turned into some sort of reality show. By the way, the first debate between Caroline Kennedy, Andrew Cuomo and Fran Drescher will be held next week in Michael Bloomberg’s hot tub. It will be co-moderated by Bob Schieffer and Sally Struthers.
The only other story that captivates me as much as this New York Senate sitcom is the ongoing national dialogue about the Obamas’ dog. A CNN poll this week found that most Americans have two criteria for the dog: That it be able to prevent Fran Drescher from getting into their house to explain how being executive producer of The Nanny qualifies her for the Senate and that it be able to sniff out whether or not Jesse Jackson Jr. is wearing a wire.
Speaking of dogs, did you see the new scene they added to the Charlie Brown Christmas special where Snoopy moves to Chicago and demands Linus pay him $25,000 in order for Peppermint Patty to be named head of the Illinois State Lottery Commission? Odd.
And is it just me or do Lucy and Rod Blagojevich have the same haircut?
Anyway, like I said, it’s almost Christmas. A more joyful time of year there could not be. At least that’s what my therapist tells me.
I’ve not yet finished my shopping. And by finished I mean started. I’m not too worried, though. Santa knows a liquor store that’s open late on Christmas Eve.
My family is actually big on gift cards. Because, apparently, there’s a feeling that I can’t be trusted with cash. I don’t know why. I mean, who among us hasn’t woken up on a craps table clutching a half-empty paper cup of Merlot?
Finally, to those of you who have come to expect a blog post from me on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, I apologize for not writing one yesterday.
I was inconsolable after being passed over for Secretary of Agriculture.
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