Thursday, January 22, 2009

Caroline Kennedy Withdraws Bid for NY Senate Seat

Caroline Kennedy will not be the next Senator from New York.

This does not surprise me. A couple of weeks back I wrote an article on IC titled, "They Don't Make Kennedys Like They Used To." An abridged version of this article was also published in the online edition of The American Spectator (

I note in the article that she isn't the first member of the Kennedy clan whose political career ended before it started. This was the case with Max Kennedy, one of RFK's sons. He tried to get a safe Democratic seat here in Boston after the death of Joe Moakley in 2001. Kennedy had an embarrassing public appearance where he stumbled all over his words. Days later it was revealed he was arrested with his cousin Michael Skakel while at Harvard. Skakel would later be convicted of the 1975 murder of Martha Moxley. This sealed his fate and withdrew his name just as Caroline has withdrawn hers.

In the article I conclude:

If there isn't another Senator Kennedy from New York, the "ums" and "uhs" will loom large. Perhaps Caroline, like Max, is better suited to some other vocation besides the rough-and-tumble world of electoral politics. If so, one can only conclude by her failure to realize this on her own that they don't make Kennedys like they used to.

Since Hillary Clinton was confirmed as Secretary of State today, Governor Paterson is expected to name her successor on Saturday.

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