I can’t say if Caroline Kennedy is prepared to be a Senator or not. I don’t know her that well. I am sure she is just as capable as any one else that holds a seat. However, I have to wonder if nepotism is growing stronger in our government. You see it in the Bush and Clinton families as well as the Kennedy’s. The Udall family will have two cousins in the Senates as well. I am beginning to wonder about the value of these Senate seats. They are either being given way or sold for campaign money.
Caroline Kennedy is the last surviving member of the Camelot dynasty. She has long been a major target of the numerous tabloid editors. To these people, everybody is fair game. The whole Kennedy family has been put under a magnifying glass by these tabloids. There is nothing that these people can do to avoid rumors or rumors of rumors.
In the weeks to come, there will be all types of articles written by the media about the legitimacy of her appointment to the Senate. Her appointment is in the hands of the New York Governor David Peterson (a Democrat). He will definitely come under fire no matter which way he decides. Not many know if Caroline is qualified or not. There are many others that have earned their chance to this seat but, may never get the time of day to challenge for it.
Caroline Kennedy’s name recognition is so large that the name of Kennedy alone will challenge all comers. This is where the media comes into play. You will get all kinds of material written on this matter. You will see everything from secret affairs to alien collaboration to maybe even her favorite diet.
I recently over heard a radio talk show host put it simply as this. We live in the “United States of entertainment. ” The media will exploit everything from all angles. The last thing discussed will be her actual qualification as a Senator.
A good case in point was Sara Palin. The Alaskan Governor blasted on to the scene so fast that nobody ever got a true feeling of her leadership abilities. The media exploited her for their own means in any way possible. Her family was examined inside and out and scrutinized very closely. Anything that could bring in a buck is all that matters to media outlets. The juicier the better.
The Kennedy family has always been looked at like America’s form of British Royally. A Caroline Kennedy appointment to the Senate will just add to this political dynasty.
If Caroline does get the Senate appointment, I hope that she is thick skinned enough to cope with the different tabloids and media agenda. I hope that if she succeeds, the media will let her do her job. Some how though, I just don’t think that will happen.