Monday, January 19, 2009
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Friday, January 2, 2009
I'm sure Caroline Kennedy is great. I'm sure she is a knowledgeable and amiable woman. However, I think it would be a mistake for her to take Hillary Clinton's senate seat for a number of reasons.
1. The United States is not a monarchy. Caroline should not be entitled to anything because of her last name. We already have found out the hard way that not everyone with the same last name as a previous senator or president is fit to be a senator or president...exhibit A:
And while it is bad enough that these dynasties exist, to simply hand someone untrained and untested a position like this without so much as an election where she will have to debate opponents is not wise.
2. She will face a tough reelection challenge. If she is appointed, she will have to face an opponent at some point, and I don't see her doing very well
3. What do we know about her views? What has she shown us? She hasn't held a job in years, why trust her to be a leader in the Senate? Is she a centrist? leftist? pacifist? hawk?
4. Um...You know...
Where have I seen a verbally-challenged person appointed to a position that they are unqualified for? Exhibit B:
Granted, I think Caroline Kennedy would be much better than exhibit B, I think we should appoint someone who is qualified in their own right, not simply because they were born in Camelot.
Here's what I think Rod Blagojevich has:
"Narcissistic personality disorder is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of their own importance and a deep need for admiration. They believe they are superior to others and have little regard for other people's feelings. But behind this mask of ultra-confidence lies a fragile self-esteem, vulnerable to the slightest criticism."
At this point, even his hair has called for him to resign. At which point Blagojevich swore at it and buzzed it all off.
Obviously, everyone should be against the appointment of Roland Burris not because he wouldn't be qualified, but because he is being appointed by a now defunct governor who puts the "lame" in "lame duck."
But at least no one is saying that people are opposing Burris because of his race (African-American) or using racially loaded language. Oh wait, this just in:
I think they'll figure out a way to not seat Burris, but it's going to be an uphill fight. My guess is it will be decided in the U.S. Supreme Court. Until then, I hope we can get some more high-flying, logic-defying rhetoric and all-out craziness from Blago's side to at least make his ride out of office fun.