There are all kinds of other interesting New Yorkers. The New Yorker magazine lists, among others, such disparate figures as basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, novelist Toni Morrison, and the theatre's Arthur Laurents. They might all be wonderful, but I do like Caroline.
Critics say she lacks experience. They're wrong. She has experienced tragedy--murdered father, murdered uncle and the death of her brother. She has experienced joy--brought her kids up out of the spotlight so that they could lead relatively normal lives. She has an uncle who's been in the Senate for about a hundred years. He can advise her on how the place works or, sometimes, doesn't. And it's worth remembering that Ted, her uncle, was first elected as a kid with no experience at much of anything.
Experience isn't what you need anyway. A good staff can explain the technicalities of drafting a bill or offering an amendment. What you need is a sense of what will be good for the country. I suspect that Caroline Kennedy has as clear an idea as most of us of where she thinks we should go.
She led an out-of-the-limelight life until a year or so ago, but then she campaigned vigorously for Obama and was one of his advisors on choosing a running-mate. She has had a chance to see how campaigns and politicians work. And she's smart; I think she's shown that.
So if she wants it, now that the kids are grown, I hope she gets it. If she's terrible at it, the voters can pick someone else in just two years.
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