Thursday, December 18, 2008

Send Mr. Smith to Washington again

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.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

The problem is that given the nature of current political campaigns, Smith or Garcia can't raise the $40+ million that it will take to run in NY in 2010 and then again in 2012. So until there is public financing of campaigns, Smith or Garcia can't run unless they will MegaMillions and devote the whole pool to their race.

Sharon

Anonymous said...

George: I agree with you, but I do think there is a component here that is interesting. I think because Kennedy has always carried herself with dignity and grace, people think she also has integrity. And, of course, all
those years of giving out the JFK School of Government awards for public service add to that least, it appears so to most folks.

And since New York has so recently witnessed the Eliot Spitzer scandal, it may be that the new NY governor might think the populace would welcome someone who is unlikely to not only visit, but frequent whore houses.

No, it is true that a US Senate seat is too precious to be sold as the Illinois governor has tried to do and too important to be handed down like a medieval fiefdom, but given the current number of candidates with an ability to raise money (in the absence of an equitable campaign reform law), we
could do worse than Caroline Kennedy. However, I agree with you that should be able to do better than to turn the USA into a monarchy. Pam

Anonymous said...

At long last, a wise democrat.

Max Fischer said...

Her (Kennedy) personal narrative was written by the likes of Oswald and Sirhan quite some time ago. What she's accomplished since then is a life of consistent public service and good will, with her integrity intact. I see Caroline Kennedy as a formidable US Senator.

Anonymous said...

Max,Max,Max!!! are you so bored with life that you would elect someone who has only used the name of Kennedy. I too like the young lady but I can think of a number of reasons that she shouldn't be appointed to the job of U.S. Senator. In fact I can't think of anyone in New York that would do an adequate job of Senator.The conservatives there are like liberals in most other states. Now how many George Phenixes could we take in a conservative state???
----- Goose

Max Fischer said...

Until Chelsea Clinton is ready to serve, I'll have to go for this Kennedy.

The South Plainsman said...

I frankly don't care who New York sends to the Senate. Wall Street and that crowd will own whoever it may be.

As for Jeb..I think it would be wrong to tar and feather him like one would like to do with brother George. On the other hand, we need people up there that think differently that those who are there now. Thhis goes for both parties.

It is becoming clearer every day that our political estblishment, whether "Red" or "Blue" have sold us all down the river.

Not only that, they are clearly demonstrating that they don't have a clue about what they should do...or not do.

To quote the big "O" we need change...I am waiting to see what his idea is about what needs to be changed.

His unwillingness to speak out in the face of the epidemic of corruption among his fellow pols in his home state does not bode well for the kind of "change" that is desperately needed.

I am afraid we have a very rocky road ahead of us. Can any of you imagine the opportunities for corruptin with a trillion dollar stimulus? It boggles the mind.

And only the little guys go to jail.

JohnSBoles said...

Yep, similar to the corruption of a trillion dollar elective war and a trillion dollar financial services bailout. Let's let the man get inaugurated and see what unfolds. Trust me, I have a sling with rocks at the ready and a quiver full of arrows just in case. For me, he is already wrong in his support of the current administration's auto bailout and the forgone financial world bailout.

JohnSBoles said...

and now a bit of comedy. Just across the AP wire comes the news that the multi-million dollar salaried/bonused executives of Wells Fargo, Bank of New York, J.P. Morgan Chase, Goldman Sachs et al received compensation for personal financial advisors in calendar year 2008. The year in which they were bailed out. Bailed out by the Cheney administration in collusion with a Democrat controlled congress.

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