Caroline Kennedy Should Not Be the Pick
by Jonathan Singer, Sun Dec 21, 2008 at 10:45:01 AM EST
Throughout all of the debate about whether or not Caroline Kennedy should be the pick to succeed Hillary Clinton as New York's new Senator I have largely been ambivalent, understanding of the argument that a reliance on legatees isn't a particularly good thing but also believing that Kennedy could be one of the few picks that could immediately match the stature of her predecessor. But with Kennedy apparently unwilling to publicly back the Democrats for at least one key position, I now find myself opposing her selection.
But Ms. Kennedy did not answer a question from Politico about whether she would support a Democratic candidate for mayor during the 2009 elections or supported Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg's controversial but successful effort to alter New York City's term-limits law to allow him to run for a third term.
Ms. Kennedy's Senate effort has been managed by Josh Isay, a consultant to Mr. Bloomberg, who won his first term as a Republican and is now an independent. And she is also being aided by Kevin Sheekey, one of Mr. Bloomberg's top deputies.
Markos notes that in addition to Kennedy not coming out in favor of the Democrats in the 2009 New York City mayoral elections she also has a poor track record of voting in Democratic primaries -- hardly an indication of someone wholly committed to the party. Although I do not believe, nor do I expect, that every Democratic Senator toes the party line at all times, the deep blue state of New York -- a state with only three Republicans out of a House delegation of 29, a state with a Democratic trifecta (the governorship and both houses of the state legislature) for the first time since 1935, a state that gave Barack Obama 62 percent of its vote -- should have a Senator willing to back the Democratic ticket. If Caroline Kennedy isn't willing to support the party in a key election, she shouldn't be Senator.