Recently, the media and members of the Republican party have been heavily scrutinizing Caroline Kennedy and continuously challenging her attempt to claim Hilary Clinton’s senate seat solely based on her experience. The judgements and stereotypes seem candidly unfair, especially considering there are so many politicians who have recently become politicians, due to their original claim to fame based in Hollywood. Let’s be realistic and talk about representatives who have little to no experience in terms of the political genre, first revealing some truths about Caroline Kennedy’s credentials.
Like Bill and Hillary Clinton (and many members of the Republican party), Caroline Kennedy became a lawyer, graduating from Concord Academy in Massachusetts in 1975, receiving her A.B. from Radcliffe College at Harvard University in 1979, and eventually earning a J.D. from Columbia Law School in 1988, graduating in the top ten percent of her class. The most recent argument against Kennedy is that she is not so much a “strong” public speaker.. really? (Have we forgotten the many botched speeches and interviews of the Great George W, not to mention what a wonderful job he has done with this country?). Yes, Caroline is a Kennedy, which does in fact put her in the spot light, but also portrays once again, the generations of Kennedy’s, and their deep rooted passion to serve the community and society to the best means possible. How can anyone who is willing to get their hands dirty to help the American people, to help the community, to help our country, be criticized for not being an amazing public speaker? The thought is absurd and frankly, seems to stem from a little jealousy and frustration at the recent advancement of the Democratic party. Putting all judgements aside, let’s look at some political figures of our time and some hard facts to emphasize the point, shall we?
Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger, an Austrian born bodybuilder and actor, turned businessman and politician is currently serving as the 38th Governor of the state of California. Schwarzenegger was first elected on October 7, 2003 and re-elected on November 7, 2006. The irony..? Schwarzenegger never went to any college or university… ever. Although he did have quite an impressive bodybuilding/strongman/Mr. Olympia/movie career, and at times I found myself intensely drawn to the political decisiveness of The Terminator, as far as Schwarzenegger’s political experience goes… well, he had none… Wendy Leigh, who wrote an unofficial biography on Schwarzenegger, portrays him as obsessed with power and quotes him as saying, “I wanted to be part of the small percentage of people who were leaders, not the large mass of followers….I was always fascinated by people in control of other people.” Schwarzenegger has said that it was never his intention to enter politics, but he says, “I married into a political family. You get together with them and you hear about policy, about reaching out to help people. I was exposed to the idea of being a public servant.” Sounds very familiar to the Caroline Kennedy story, doesn’t it? Now to clarify, this is not an argument against Arnold Alois Schwarzenegger, but it is an argument for political equality and justice because obviously, in some cases, experience doesn’t matter. The media portrayal and my good friend Ann Coulter’s portrayal of Caroline Kennedy, leads me to ask only two questions, “What about Arnold?” Where is his experience and was his name even brought up in your networks, in your mouth (Ann Coulter), on Fox News, or at any Republican member meetings when Schwarzenegger began to make a statement about his interests in his current position. Question 2, why doesn’t Ann Coulter ever talk about Bushs’ horrible speech patterns and lack of correct terminology when needed? Seems a little fishy to me…
Case #2: James George Janos, aka Jesse Ventura, aka “The Body.” born July 15, 1951. Ventura is the retired professional wrestler, actor, former radio and television and talk show host, elected the 38th Governor of Minnesota in 1998. Ventura ran as an Independent and member of the Reform Party and served from January 4, 1999 to January 6, 2003 without seeking a second term. Besides wrestling, Ventura’s claim to fame: acting in the 1987 movie Predator, whose cast included, hey look at that.. California’s Governor, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Ventura’s experience pre-governorship: well you can figure that out by yourself. Among other celebs turned politicians with little or no experience, Fred Thompson and Sonny Bono.
The idea here is again, not to bash the likes of Arnold or Jesse, but to illustrate the absurdness of the recent Caroline Kennedy bashing. She may not be the great orator, but if she is willing to work for the community, for America, for this nation, let her in! The people alone should decide who is or is not qualified to lead this fine nation. Not Ann Coulter, not Fox news, not the Republican party. After all, it is the people who have to live with the decisions of our politicians, isn’t it? If there are to be standards, set them for everyone, equally. There is no in between in a fair society and since this is America, let’s try to evaluate everyone under the same standards as the next.