POLITICS
01/19/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Kathleen Parker: Caroline Kennedy Is No Sarah Palin

Kathleen Parker, one of the first conservative writers to call foul on Sarah Palin as a VP pick, is back this time sizing up Caroline Kennedy in comparison to Palin.

It is a legitimate question: Why is the resume-thin Caroline Kennedy being treated seriously as a prospective appointee to the U.S. Senate when the comparatively more-qualified Gov. Sarah Palin received such a harsh review?...

...In Kennedy's case, those actors would be senators, not heads of other, potentially belligerent, nations. If appointed, she would be a single vote among 100 and otherwise a placeholder until 2010, when she would have to run for election as any other.

Parker helped turn a conservative tide against Palin during the election when she wrote "Palin Problem: She's Out Of Her League" for The National Review. See an excerpt below:

Palin's recent interviews with Charles Gibson, Sean Hannity, and now Katie Couric have all revealed an attractive, earnest, confident candidate. Who Is Clearly Out Of Her League.

No one hates saying that more than I do. Like so many women, I've been pulling for Palin, wishing her the best, hoping she will perform brilliantly. I've also noticed that I watch her interviews with the held breath of an anxious parent, my finger poised over the mute button in case it gets too painful. Unfortunately, it often does. My cringe reflex is exhausted.