I am glad that it turns out that Caroline Kennedy is still looking for a job. Her brief but painful pursuit of a Senate seat was a bracing sort of soap opera, oddly raising politics to a level of personal angst and a public quest for identity.
Now there's a mini-movement to make her the ambassador to the Vatican, which, given the Kennedys' place in the history of American Catholicism, is rather a nice touch. What's more, ambassadorial appointments need not, or at least in the past never have had to, pass the experience test. There are always a number of ambassadorial slots that are just plums. One of Caroline's aunts, Jean Smith, who had not previously held any sort of job, was a not unsuccessful ambassador to Ireland.
Also, Caroline deserves to get something. Among endorsements of Barack Obama, hers was not an insignificant one.
But here she is, once again, in the crossfire. Former Vatican ambassador and mayor of Boston Raymond Flynn, a politician and diplomat of no distinction, is vociferously opposing her selection, ostensibly on the grounds of her lack of right-to-life fealty.
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