In a carefully controlled strategy reminiscent of the vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, aides to Caroline Kennedy interrupted her on Wednesday and whisked her away when she was asked what her qualifications are to be a United States senator.
Let’s take a look at that:
- First woman lected governor of Alaska,
who beat one of his own party: Palin: check, check. Caroline… no.Palin oversees $2.9 billion state budget. Caroline raised $65 million for the city’s public schools.
- Chaired the Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission: Palin. Caroline was director of the Office of Strategic Partnerships for the the New York City Department of Education.
- Elected mayor for two terms: Palin: check. Caroline… no elected office.
Caroline made a quick retreat:
Then, as reporters asked why Ms. Kennedy was seeking the Senate seat and whether she was ready, she did not answer, then walked away, heading toward a waiting black sport-utility vehicle.
When did Palin ever shy away from the question, why was she running?
Take away Caroline’s silver spoon, and what do you have left? That’s the question Caroline must answer.
Persons of the year.
UPDATE, Thursday 18 December
The Princess Ascendant: Caroline Kennedy’s Bid for the Senate.