Monday, December 29, 2008

She can see Jersey from her Manhattan apartment

Rather it is the aristocratic value system of most NY-DC journalists themselves who apparently still assume that old money, status, and an Ivy-League pedigree are reliable barometers of talent and sobriety, suggesting that the upper-East Side Kennedy's public ineptness is an aberration, a bad day, a minor distraction, while Palin's charisma and ease are superficial and a natural reflection of her Idaho sports journalism degree.

A few generations ago, Democrats would have opposed Palin but appreciated her blue-collar story, and applauded a working mom who out-politicked entrenched and richer male elites. But now the new aristocratic liberalism has adopted the values of the old silk-stocking Republicans of the 1950s—and so zombie-like worship rather than question entitlement.

We’re beginning to feel quite alone out here in the right-wing blogosphere regarding our endorsement of Caroline Kennedy’s ascension, er, appointment to Hillary Clinton’s vacated New York Senate Seat. (Shoot, even the East coast establishment is cracking back on her Senatorial bid).

As much as we hate to admit it we’re kind of with Kathleen Parker on this one. It’s not exactly like Kennedy is going to be one heart beat away from the Presidency or tasked with lugging around the “nuclear football”. She’s only going to be a Senator and have a listen below and ask yourself if she might just be overqualified for the job as she seems to possess the same “off teleprompter” skills as both the President and President-elect.

See? And back to the business of being a Senator – a member of an exclusive club - this august and deliberative body that is led by… Harry Reid. Harry Freaking Reid. Show up, punch the clock, vote “present” on the tough ones and vote with Uncle Ted on the others. This requires some sort of exhaustive resume' and comprehensive political skill set? Besides, the bar will not be raised very high for Princess to be party to an organization that is currently basking in an 18% approval rating.

And for those of you yammering about how all this violates some sacred democratic code of ethics regarding political dynasties, let’s just say that the Senate is currently the best case in point for illustrating how this nation is not a democracy after all but is becoming a fully formed representative-by-appointment-republic.


Anonymous said...

BwD, let the Alaska Gov go gently into that good night. She was a mistake. A huge one. (Thankfully, she's also done the Dems a favor of crystalizing the picture for public consumption of exactly what it is that lies at the heart of the current GOP core).

But, if we must scratch that itch one more time... I suggest we have a debate between Ms. Kennedy (who I think is vastly inexperienced and unsuited for the job she seeks) and Ms. Palin (who I think is vastly inexperienced, unsuited for the job she sought -- and the one she currently holds -- and a whole lotta more where that came from).

A debate for the sake of nothing more than there being a debate. We'll have Tom and Walter moderate it, so that the those flaming liberals over at CNN don't have their fingerprints all over it.

20 questions, foreign and domestic. I'll spot you 10 "ya knows" for every missing "g".

Guess who walks away in a landslide? I'll "betcha"...

- Mongo

Dean said...

I'm sorry you missed the point of the post... it really was about the BwD endorsement of Caroline Kennedy for Senator.

And as far as "letting go" but still wanting to see a debate between the two...? Sounds about as exciting as a trip to the DMV. Have fun.

B-Daddy said...

I agree with you Dean, but for Machiavellian reasons, specifically, that Kennedy would easily be beaten by a competent Republican campaigner in the next election cycle.

As for Palin, Mongo should read Camille Paglia's take on Palin here and here. Paglia is very much a Democrat who appreciates the energy and talent that Palin posesses.