This is blasphemy, I suppose. But I’m not crazy about the idea of handing the NY senate seat to Caroline Kennedy. That’s not easy to say for a card-carrying liberal.
But before the posse forms, let me also say that I am opposed to Jeb Bush becoming the next U.S. Senator from Florida.
A seat in the United States Senate is not a legacy. Our upper chamber is not the House of Lords. Not yet. But we are on a steady course of turning it into a fiefdom. By definition, the U. S. Senate is already the most exclusive club in the world.
So don’t field a familial ticket. I’m weary of Bush, Kennedy, Clinton, Dole and all the rest. Politics is not a gene. But wealth must be. The thing those familiar names have in common? It’s ka-ching. They can raise campaign money.
Surely we can do better. From a 305 million population base, surely we can find a qualified candidate named Smith. Or Garza. Or Chan. Or ... you get the idea.