Updated 12/7/08: A relatively short stint in national politics was good enough for Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton to aspire to the presidency. Sarah Palin’s tracing paper resume was good enough for her to run for vice president and aspire to the presidency. Why shouldn’t Caroline Kennedy look to spending the next eight years as senator from New York as a springboard to run for president in 2016?
Added: After reading more about her (quotes below), I decided she probably doesn’t want right now to be president, that this is just my fantasy. Not to be too sexist, but she really is the un-Palin. Read on.
The original title of this column was “Why Caroline Kennedy wants to be senator….” I know it is sexist to compare her (stop laughing) with Sarah Palin, but the reality is that they both are women who could run for president. Now that we’ve elected our first black president the next step to liberate America from the “Only White Males Need Apply” sign in front of the Oval Office, electing an exceptionally qualified a woman president would prove that at least 51% of the electorate is color and gender blind. And that is a damn good thing.
Consider the mythic proportions of Caroline Kennedy returning to the White House where she lived from January 20, 1961, when she was four years old, to her father’s assassination on November 22, 1963.
I think at present she is qualified to serve as a senator. Her Wikipedia biography describes her education and her career to date. I won’t pad out this column. Take a look and see if you agree with me that they are equal Obama and Clinton’s before they ran for senate.
Sarah Palin has a long way to catch up to her, but assuming Palin manages to become a senator in 2010 when incumbent Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski’s term expires, she will probably also be positioning herself for a presidential run.
Sarah Palin will be 52 and Caroline Kennedy will be 59.
I’ll be 73. I can imagine the fun I’d have writing columns about a Palin – Kennedy race.
Here are some quotes from a CNN article:
A Senate appointment for Caroline Kennedy would mark a change for the woman who has rarely run into the glare of political attention.
“Apparently, she has acquired a taste for politics, having endorsed Barack Obama early this year,” Schneider said. “She wants to be part of this new regime in America, clearly playing a key role in the Senate if she gets that appointment.”
Widely described as extraordinarily shy, self-deprecating and down-to-earth, Kennedy has tended to limit her forays into the public sphere to nonpartisan activity, penning books on civil liberties and serving as the de facto guardian of her father’s legacy.
But in January, she backed a political candidate for the first time, announcing her endorsement of Obama during the Democratic primary season with an opinion piece in the New York Times that drew days of the kind of media attention she has spent her life avoiding
Neil Diamond revealed to Caroline on her 50th birthday that he wrote the song “Sweet Caroline” after seeing this picture. Nobody who lived through the Kennedy assassination can miss the tragic irony of the caption on the Life cover.
President John F. Kennedy, First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy, and their children John, Jr. and Caroline, at their summer house in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts.
Hal Brown is a clinical social worker and former mental health center director who is mostly retired from his private psychotherapy practice. He writes on the psychopathology of public figures and other topics that pique his interest. He can be found online at www.stressline.com . He also publishes a website about his hometown of Middleboro, Massachusetts (aka Middleborough) called Middleboro Matters. Archive: of previous columns.