It’s No Rumor. Kennedy Withdraws.

The official word from Caroline Kennedy’s public relations office: “I informed Governor Paterson today that for personal reasons I am withdrawing my name from consideration for the United States Senate,” Kennedy said in a statement released by her public relations firm.

I have to say that I’m a bit revealed. The Kennedy family have done a great number of things for this country (or to this country some of my conservative friends would say). While many in the Kennedy family have found success in politics other serve better elsewhere. Caroline Kennedy is one of those people. As director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships for the New York City Department of Education Caroline raised $65 million for the schools in two years. Caroline also is a member of the boards of directors of the Commission on Presidential Debates and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.

Clearly Kennedy’s time is better spent in philanthropic work. She is passionate about it and has the name and know-how to fuel it. I wondered if the US Senate was the best place for on the job training. Other blogs such as The Moderate Voice and Donklephant asked if Caroline Kennedy was truly ready for the job.

Even though Caroline is from one of the most powerful and well known political families in US history that does not make her a good politician by extension. My father is an electrician. Should someone hire me as an electrician because of that? Not if they don’t want properties burning down left and right from faulty wiring. Those of us came out saying Sarah Palin did not have enough political experience to be Vice-President would sound awfully hypocritical advocating someone for office who had no experience what-so-ever. I’m glad there were some of us in the center-left who could stand up for reason.

Also, it’s a bit early still (8 AM EST), but I scoured conservative news outlets and pundits sites for their take on the story. Ingram, Limbaugh, Hannity, and O’Reilly had no mentions of the story yet. The LA Times, Fox News, and the NY Post did get their digs in, however briefly. The LA Times and the NY Post both claimed that Governor Patterson was unimpressed with Kennedy’s interviews, which were less than stellar to be kind, and wasn’t going to choose her anyway. Kennedy was simply quitting the job before Patterson could fire her so to speak. The LA Times also surmised that Kennedy suddenly realized that the job was too big for her to handle. That I find a bit hard to grasp. Being surrounded by politicians her whole life, while not giving her knowledge of how to do the job, would at least make her privy to how much work was involved. The Fox News piece, which I must admit was pretty decent except for one small sentence, sitting Kennedy’s extensive use of “um” and “you know” in her “lackluster” campaign.

I think this is a win win situation. Kennedy will continue doing what she does best and we will get a qualified senator from NY.


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