Sunday, February 5, 2017

Boston Paper: Caroline Kennedy Has No Charisma

This is interesting.

From a Boston Record editorial:
What's in a name? Not nearly enough

Worst idea of the last two weeks that didn't emanate from the White House: Caroline Kennedy for Congress.

Someone wrote in the New York Post recently that JFK's daughter was thinking about running for either a Senate or House seat from New York.

According to the Post: "'Caroline had a successful ambassadorial run in Japan and feels really very confident about putting her hat in the ring for a New York congressional or Senate seat, with even possibly bigger political objectives down the road,' said a source familiar with Kennedy's plans.

"And another close source revealed, 'Caroline is seen in some quarters as the next Hillary Clinton. She has the Kennedy name but no Clinton baggage.'"

And, we might add, no Clinton charisma, and we're talking Hillary here. In truth, her baggage was her charisma. It's all anyone ever talked about.

As for Kennedy, where to start? The Post article said that Kennedy recently ''stepped down" from her post as U.S. ambassador to Japan after serving three years. Well, yes, but President Trump actually ordered all U.S. ambassadors to hand in their resignations before he moved in. So she was fired. No biggie. She doesn't need the money. But apparently some "confidantes" think she needs to do something big with the Kennedy name.

Maybe so, but politics is not diplomacy. In fact, these days it's as far removed from it as possible.

Kennedy made one brief foray into politics, in 2008, when she offered herself as a possible candidate to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat from New York after Clinton was nominated by President-elect Barack Obama to be secretary of state. It sounded like a natural step. After all, her uncle, Bobby, was a senator from New York.

It was a disaster. Turned out Kennedy had none of her father's gift for public speaking, failed to display her uncle's obvious passion for justice and had difficulty articulating answers to reporters' questions.
Here is Kennedy on David Letterman:


I don't follow the Record close enough to understand where it sits on the political spectrum but this sure looks like a hit job. Perhaps from the Elizabeth Warren camp?


1 comment:

  1. I don't think this paper has much to do with Boston.
    Maybe a Bern job ?

    Go Pats !!!!