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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 10:30 AM
As usual, Morris nails the gist of the ubject.

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By DICK MORRIS & EILEEN MCGANN
Published on DickMorris.com on December 23, 2008

Caroline Kennedy apparently thinks that she is entitled to be appointed as the next junior Senator from New York.

She shouldn't be. Think about it.

Her qualifications? Her name is Kennedy and she can raise a lot of fat-cat money for herself and for New York democrats who support her.

Her strategy? Ignore the voters and the press and meet with the political bosses behind closed doors to convince them to pressure Governor David Patterson to appoint her to Hillary Clinton's seat.

Is there a more cynical message in the Age of Obama?

Who's supporting her? Among her chief backers is New York City's billionaire Republican Mayor Michael Bloomberg who recently decided to ignore a legitimate and binding citywide referendum that prohibited him from seeking a third term. In one of the most appalling examples of an arrogant "the public be damned" attitude, Bloomberg convinced the City Council to overrule the will of the people so he could stay in City Hall. He's a big contributor to many of the folks who supported this brazen move. Legendary Tammany Hall boss Carmine De Sapio would love both Bloomberg and Caroline for bringing back the old "power to the bosses" style of politics.

Her position on issues that will face the next Senator? She won't tell you. She's adamantly refused to speak about any issues. In her first foray outside Manhattan, she declined all questions from the press. She wouldn't even say whether she had ever been to Syracuse before. Does that suggest what the answer would have been? Her handlers finally provided written answers to some of the questions posed by The New York Times. She picked out the questions she wanted to answer and ignored some of the tough issues - like whether she supports increased taxes for rich people. She's not saying. Now, SHE WON'T DISCLOSE HER PERSONAL FINANCES OR PROVIDE A LIST OF COMPANIES THAT SHE HAS A STAKE IN!

Sound like the good old days? Is this woman kidding?

Her involvement in politics? Not much. She campaigned for Obama and worked on his committee that recommended the Vice-Presidential candidate. She's never been active in New York politics and she hasn't even voted in about half the contested elections in New York since 1988. Over the past fifteen years, she's contributed to her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy, her cousin Rep. Patrick Kennedy, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, John Kerry, Al Gore, Connecticut Senator Chris Dodd, and Connecticut wanna-be Ned Lamont, and former Pennsylvania Senator Harris Wofford (1991) Not much interest in New York's candidates or issues!

Her experience?

• She is a long time patron of the American Ballet Theatre

• She is active in her father's presidential library

• She was a part-time volunteer fund raiser for the NYC schools for less than two years

• She’s co-authored two books on civil liberties

• She’s written five books. She is her most derivative in her published works. Of four New York Times bestsellers; three of them were compilations of other peoples' work. One was The Patriot's Handbook: Songs, Poems, Stories, and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love. The only thing these songs, poems, stories, and speeches had in common was that she didn't write any of them. Then followed, The Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. In this book she not only didn't write the poetry, she didn't even choose it. Her third best seller was A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children, again a compilation of works that were not her own. Then there's A Family Christmas, another anthology of her favorite short stories, poems, etc about Christmas (all written by other people). In another book, Profiles in Courage For Our Time, she swiped only the title from her late father but wrote the copy herself.

• She hasn't had a job since before she went to law school in the 1980's.

So, why should Caroline be appointed Senator?

Does anyone seriously believe that her audacious grab for the New York Senate seat is based on anything more than a misplaced and somewhat grandiose sense of entitlement coupled with a cynical claim of access to big money for the next election?

If her name wasn't Kennedy, would anyone give any consideration at all to someone without any experience to prepare her for the job or to even inform the voters about what she stands for?

ANSWER: NO

Is there a single person in the United States who doesn't wish Caroline Kennedy well and hope that she's spared from further tragedy?

Probably not.

But affection, sympathy, and nostalgia shouldn't be the basis for appointing this woefully inexperienced woman to a key Senate seat in these troubles times.

Her father's and uncle's names are the only thing that makes her a contender.

Doesn't anyone in New York politics use their own names anymore? Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of the former president, wants to take the Senate seat of Hillary Clinton, the wife of the former president. But some people are pushing for Andrew Cuomo, the son of the former governor. Are we stuck in political dynasties? And who will make the decision? New York's David Patterson, the son of Basil Patterson, the former New York State Senator, Secretary of State, and Deputy Mayor of New York City.

Don't we have any talented people who don't feel entitled to inherit a seat? Can't we stop the political dynasties?

At least Cuomo has his own accomplishments. He was the Secretary of HUD in the Clinton Administration, and as the elected New York State Attorney General, he's done an outstanding job. Caroline Kennedy has done absolutely nothing to deserve elevation to the United States Senate. A review of hundreds of newspaper articles mentioning her name over the past twenty years shows rare substantive issues: her books and book tours, awarding the Profiles in Courage Award to Lowell Weicker for instituting an income tax in Connecticut, very part-time fund raising for the city schools. Even in that regard, her influence is questioned and others are given as much or more credit. The majority of the articles are about her wedding, her mother, her brother, her socialite activities, and her lucrative auction of her mother's old blankets, picnic baskets, and other household effects.

No, Caroline has not been heard from on any of the important issues facing New Yorkers.

Patterson is a talented politician. He will probably appoint Cuomo anyway for one simple reason: To get him out of the way. Acutely aware that he was not elected governor but only got the job when Eliot Spitzer self-destructed, Governor Patterson would probably face an uphill primary fight against Cuomo in 2010 if he doesn't shunt him off into the Senate. Other than the Attorney General, there is nobody with the stature to offer Patterson serious opposition in the Democratic Party.

Patterson should not succumb to the lobbying of the bosses and the fat cats for Caroline. She's not entitled.

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 10:34 AM
I hate ruling class dynastys, R and D's alike, although not as dangerous as Sara Palin, her Kennedy DNA can only do so much for her. A sad state of affairs when people like this are considered for politics.

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 10:37 AM
Talk about a pompus attitude!!!!!!!!

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 10:40 AM
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Talk about a pompus attitude!!!!!!!!


Don't talk about RBK like that here during the holidays! But yeah, I agree, someone besides Caroline would be better.

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 11:15 AM
Personally, I'd like to see a law enacted that says that if you are elected to an office - you serve that term in its full before forwarding your political career.

It just seems to me that the citizens voted for - ELECTED a man or woman to do the job. When that person ditches that position to seek a higher office, the citizens get a SELECTED replacement.

To me (an opinion here, folks) - there is nothing more of dis-service to the voters than when the first thing an elected person does is to toss his or her hat into another election. Think about it - if you were an employer and you hired someone, how would you feel if you found out that they were sending out resumes during their first weeks at work?

I had this discussion with a person a couple of weeks ago. He assured me that this was alright because "Democrats and Republicans do it all the time". I disagreed with him. I think anybody elected to any office owes it to the people to serve that term.

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 11:50 AM
I got about as far as Dick Morris and knew where the article was heading. I don't think Caroline Kennedy is entitled to anything becaues of her name, but truth be told, we don't really know what her qualifications are and if you think about it, there have been a number of women who took over for their husbands who have died in office and the country didn't self destruct. I'm willing to give her a chance if New York wants her. After all, she'd be their senator, not mine.

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 12:02 PM
There have been many Congressmen and Goveners who had no political experience before taking office and done well. Since the research on issues is done mainly by the staff, the most important qualifacations for a high office are honesty, integrety and a desire to do the right thing. I think Caroline Kennedy has those atributes, more than somebody looking to get rich off their political career, as is usually the case. I would vote for her.
 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 12:10 PM
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I got about as far as Dick Morris and knew where the article was heading. I don't think Caroline Kennedy is entitled to anything becaues of her name, but truth be told, we don't really know what her qualifications are and if you think about it, there have been a number of women who took over for their husbands who have died in office and the country didn't self destruct. I'm willing to give her a chance if New York wants her. After all, she'd be their senator, not mine.


The point is they DON'T want her. She's number three on the popularity list there but it still appears to be a done deal.

BTW, absolutely nothing Morris wrote in this article can be refuted - even IF he wrote it.

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 12:22 PM
If New York doesn't want her and the political machine selects her anyway, she's going to have a mighty rough row to hoe. I think she's a class act, but I can't get excited about it either way right now.....I'm still working on getting the Blagoejevich situation straightened out.

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 12:31 PM
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If New York doesn't want her and the political machine selects her anyway, she's going to have a mighty rough row to hoe. I think she's a class act, but I can't get excited about it either way right now.....I'm still working on getting the Blagoejevich situation straightened out.


What's to straighten out? He's an arrogant crook from a long line of arrogant crooks. What you need to get your arms around is that he and our president-elect crawled out from the same cesspool at the same time. The idea that BarryO was clueless about Blago' is laughable on its face.

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 12:36 PM
Stand down, Harley, it was a joke. As for Obama, obviously he knew what Blagojevich was up to because he made it a point to not associate with him.

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 12:47 PM
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Stand down, Harley, it was a joke. As for Obama, obviously he knew what Blagojevich was up to because he made it a point to not associate with him.


So it's been said. A little too often and too emphatically IMHO.

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 01:08 PM
I just saw on the news that Cheney was more involved in the leaking of Valarie Plame's name.....talk about someone denying something a little to often and emphaticly!!! Of course, some of us already knew he was behind it.......and then he let someone else take the fall. What a guy.

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 01:10 PM
So he's not supposed to make it clear that he was not involved and let the media implicate him? There already making a bigger deal out of tying him to Blog. than they did any of Bush's uncountable real scandals. I see another Bill Clinton type press feeding frenzy coming the minute he takes office. After all they've been conveniently asleep for eight years. On Jan. 20th it will become "The Obama Depression", George Bush will be "down the memory hole" as described in "1984". It will be like he never was President.

[Edited on 12/24/2008 by lespaul58]

 

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So he's not supposed to make it clear that he was not involved and let the media implicate him? There already making a bigger deal out of tying him to Blog. than they did any of Bush's uncountable real scandals. I see another Bill Clinton type press feeding frenzy coming the minute he takes office. After all they've been conveniently asleep for eight years. On Jan. 20th it will become "The Obama Depression", George Bush will be "down the memory hole" as described in "1984". It will be like he never was President.

[Edited on 12/24/2008 by lespaul58]


To paraphrase Shakespeare, "Methinks BarryO doth protest too much."

 

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Have you been listening to the news? Obama isn't saying anything. Protesting too much??? Huh?

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 04:14 PM
Obama is slick. Hillary is now in a position where she cannot criticize him or his policies because she is part of his administration. She hopes she can make more of a name for herself and prove her ability to handle tough foreign policy issues giving her the experience for a good Presidential candidate, that is not going to happen though. He has relegated her into the ranks of the subjugated, 'yes Mr. President' team. With regards to Ms. Kennedy, nobody balked when Carolyn McCarthy wanted to go be a Congresswoman motivated only by her husbands assassination on the train. Sometimes it is good to have a new person with new ideas. Ms. Kennedy should not be judged by what any other Kennedy has done, she should be judged only by what she will do. If she is elected, she has a responsibility to work for the people of NY, and if she was not interested in doing that, she herself would have opted out. I do think it would be nice for her to state her views on the issues, although as a Democrat we can assume she would embrace the values of the party.

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 04:55 PM
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I hate ruling class dynastys, R and D's alike, although not as dangerous as Sara Palin, her Kennedy DNA can only do so much for her. A sad state of affairs when people like this are considered for politics.


Do you mean when dolts like George W. Bush can become president of the United States of America because of an illustrious ride on his Father's coat tails?

What other credentials did he possess ? other than name recognition?

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 04:58 PM
I'm waiting for an answer to that one from the right wing......it ought to be good.

 

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I hate ruling class dynastys, R and D's alike, although not as dangerous as Sara Palin, her Kennedy DNA can only do so much for her. A sad state of affairs when people like this are considered for politics.


Do you mean when dolts like George W. Bush can become president of the United States of America because of an illustrious ride on his Father's coat tails?

What other credentials did he possess ? other than name recognition?



Then there's the case of Republican Mitt Romney (who was the worst governor EVER here in Massachusetts) whose father was George Romney, Governor of Michigan.

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 05:17 PM
I respect the Kennedy's and all they have done, but Caroline is not qualified for the job especially in these economic times. NY needs experience right now. I would be much more confident in her than I ever was with Palin though.

 

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  posted on 12/24/2008 at 05:26 PM
I don't live in the state of New York therefore I really don't spend any time dwelling on this. Not my problem.

 

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Have you been listening to the news? Obama isn't saying anything. Protesting too much??? Huh?


His surrogates in the dem party and the media have been saying it for him, endlessly.

 

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Have you been listening to the news? Obama isn't saying anything. Protesting too much??? Huh?


His surrogates in the dem party and the media have been saying it for him, endlessly.



That's not what you said.......

To paraphrase Shakespeare, "Methinks BarryO doth protest too much."


His surrogates aren't Obama.

 

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Stand down, Harley, it was a joke. As for Obama, obviously he knew what Blagojevich was up to because he made it a point to not associate with him.


So it's been said. A little too often and too emphatically IMHO.


Ok, Im done being nice. Can you substantiate your claims? If so, lets see it. Im sick of seeing you talk shiat and NEVER, ever backing anything up with anything even remotely related. NOTHING, not one thing in the complaint against Blago includes Obama or Emmanuel. There is nothing there. You conservatives are a desperate lot and its really sad. Instead of indulging your fantasies that there might be something other than geography tying them together, you might want to worry about your own party since it seems to be in a bit of trouble.

 

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