December 19th, 2008
02:41 PM ET

Caroline Kennedy hasn't earned Senate seat

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By Hank Sheinkopf
CNN Contributor

Judging by the screaming newspaper headlines and the steamy ecstasy of the gossip columns, people from other worlds might presume that it has already come to pass: that a woman who happens to be named Caroline Kennedy was pole-vaulted above the crowd and sent with magic wand and golden slippers to the U.S. Senate from New York, in the hope of saving the Empire State and bringing goodness to all its inhabitants.

After all, why shouldn't she be sent to the Senate?

Her unique experience of writing a book or two, smiling well, appearing from time to time - but not too often - at city mayoral news conferences announcing help for those who attend New York City public schools - and, well, just being a Kennedy - should suffice.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Don

    American voters, and state and federal government, need to start making very serious and significant changes in the types of people they elect and appoint to office, respectively, away from back room wheelers and dealers with no scruples to people of high morals and integrity.

    Back room wheelers and dealers more often tend to corrupt the government and bring the integrity of the whole country down, while people of high morals and integrity tend to uplift the country and bring it great respect from abroad.

    It's clear to me that Caroline Kennedy would be a good choice for the senate seat because she will bring high morals and integrity, as well as practical and academic skills, to this office.

    December 19, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  2. JC- Los Angeles

    Although Kennedy most certainly has not earned her possible Senate seat, perhaps you could save a lot of words and ink by simply listing the few politicians, executives or leaders who actually have earned their positions.

    The horrid and deplorable state of our once proud nation has an awful lot to do with the connected few and their lack of skill sets, experience and natural talents.

    Malcolm Forbes famously said that he made his money the old fashioned way: he inherited it; unfortunately, most hard working Americans have inherited a poorly run and broken country due in large part to the connected few.

    December 19, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  3. Nate, NM

    Kennedy doesn't automatically deserve a senate seat, nobody does. However, her lack of experience in holding an elected seat shouldn't disqualify her.

    December 19, 2008 at 5:29 pm |
  4. Cindy

    Oh...she definitely hasn't earned the Senate seat but she'll probably get it just because of her last name. Just like Anderson said last night...no one even knows what she stands for because no one has ever hardly heard her speak two words. Yet now she wants to jump in and be one of the guys when all of her life she has stayed away from it. I guess she got a taste of fame when backing Obama and now wants her share.


    December 19, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  5. Angela Bennett

    I have a question what has Mrs. Kennedy done that makes her deserving of the senate seat?

    December 19, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  6. Annie Kate

    It would be nice if everyone who is saying that Caroline Kennedy is not qualified or hasn't earned the Senate seat would define what they think the qualifications are and what earns you a Senate seat. In the past when some Senators have died prematurely, governors have appointed the widow if she was interested to serve out the rest of the term – generally these women have not served in the House or Senate prior to their appointment. So what has to be on your resume to be deserving of a Senate seat? In one state a heart surgeon with no political background was elected Senator and held that office several terms. Another Senator was a Hollywood actor.

    After all the fuss over whether or not Kennedy is qualified the point may be moot in the end. The GOP as reported in another post is questioning the appointment of Eric Holder in Obama's cabinet. I doubt he will be the only one they question. If Hilary does not get confirmed as Secretary of State (and nothing in life especially political life is ever certain) then there will be no Senate seat to fill. I hope this doesn't happen but its always a possibility. The NY governor seems to have defined himself a system of vetting his choices – I'm sure he will select who he thinks will be best whether it be Kennedy, Cuomo or someone else.

    December 19, 2008 at 3:23 pm |