Was Caroline nothing more than cover for New York Governor David Paterson's efforts to court and vet the candidate who would most benefit him?
Somehow Palin's speaking pattern, upswept hair, glasses and supreme self-confidence electrified the body politic. Love or fear her, she and her small-town ways could not be ignored.
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The dizzying influence of Mercury Retrograde is in effect; things said or promised during this period of chaotic thinking and expression are often redone, revised or reassessed. (Like the oath.)
Caroline Kennedy deserved serious consideration. She may have made mistakes in the way she rolled out her candidacy, but the constant refrain that "she wasn't qualified" does not compute.
A free ticket to the U.S. Senate should be given only to someone who is willing to earn it under a different circumstance, and I assure you, Senator Gillibrand is that sort of person.
We are the poorer for Kennedy's decision, and I wonder how many worthy public servants never consider running because of this environment where every minor gaffe is exploited.
Both Palin and Kennedy were obviously unprepared for the offices each sought. Had a ceiling not stopped them, we would have more serious social issues to deal with.
The idea that Kennedy's change of heart is somehow linked to feminine qualities is exactly the type of sexism that has been pervasive in how women candidates are viewed.
It used to be rare that such foibles and comedy and obvious incompetence made it into public view. But the exception's now the rule. Everybody's a dingbat and screw-up.
Caroline Kennedy may yet be a factor in American politics. Obama would love it for his own reasons -- and so would the powerful political franchise that Ted Kennedy helped build.
A bruised Kennedy did the right thing, the only thing that she could do when her head bumped against the realities of political life, she dropped out before she was dumped.
Gillibrand is a pro-gun, fiscally conservative Blue Dog Democrat, which is the name moderate Democrats gave themselves so people stopped confusing them with Republicans.
My hunch is that six weeks of intense media scrutiny was more than Caroline could stomach. People lined up to see her and to touch her. Coverage was always deferential.