Princess Caroline "Sarah Palin II" Kennedy On The Way!
By JEREMY W. PETERS and NICHOLAS CONFESSORE
Published: December 17, 2008
ROCHESTER — She talked about her book, about the Bill of Rights. She talked about raising her family. And, echoing her friend, President-elect Barack Obama, she said she could bring change to Washington.
Caroline Kennedy, on her first day touring upstate New York as part of her bid to succeed Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, was circumspect and, at times, jolted by the tumult she touched off by her visits to the mayors of Syracuse and Rochester.
[B]Responding briefly to reporters who asked about her qualifications to be a United States senator, she described her experience as an author, mother and education advocate.[/B]
“I’ve had a lifelong commitment to public service,” she said, leaving the offices of the Monroe County Democratic Committee. “I’ve written books on the Constitution and the importance of individual participation. And I’ve raised my family. I think I really could help bring change to Washington.”
The mayor of Rochester, Robert J. Duffy, called Ms. Kennedy “delightful,” and the seemingly shy daughter of the late president even cracked a political joke. She told a reporter that Rochester was “great,” and vowed that, if she becomes senator, “I’ll be back as many times as Chuck Schumer,” a reference to the senior senator Charles E. Schumer’s reputation for relentless appearances and news conferences.
The Rochester stop was part of [B]a carefully controlled strategy[/B] to introduce herself to elected officials in parts of upstate and western New York, a first stab at getting skeptical upstate voters used to the idea of being represented in Washington by yet another down-stater.
[B]At first, her aides stopped Ms. Kennedy from answering questions at an earlier appearance on Wednesday in Syracuse.[/B] There, after meeting with Mayor Matthew J. Driscoll, she offered a 30-second statement saying that she would respect the process undertaken by Gov. David A. Paterson to fill the vacancy.
[B]The tour has been kept somewhat secretive, reflecting, in part, the delicacy of the situation. No schedule was given, though details percolated rapidly through political circles in New York. An aide accompanying her said she was headed to Rochester after Syracuse, but declined to say where.[/B]
Technically, there is no seat open, since the current holder, Senator Clinton, has not yet been confirmed as secretary of state. And there can be no true campaign, since there is no true election: the only vote that counts if that of Governor Paterson.
In her brief statement in Syracuse, Ms. Kennedy, 51, said: “As some of you may have heard, I told Governor Paterson I’d be honored to be considered for the position of United States senator. There’s a lot of good people in this community that the governor is considering. He’s laid out a process and I’m proud to be part of that process.”
Secret meetings, brief statements, aides stopping Caroline from saying anything. All for good reason. Even the NY Times bloggers see Caroline Kennedy as a somewhat less annoying version of air-head Sarah Palin.
At least Hillary Clinton competed against Rick Lazio for the Senate seat. Unbelievable that Caroline Kennedy thinks that it should be handed to her! :mad: