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Caroline, a Kennedy enigma.

In Caroline Kennedy, Gov Patterson., mainstream media, Politics, WordPress Political Blogs, WordPress.com Political Bloggers Alliance on January 23, 2009 at 11:18 am

What in the world would possess a woman of Caroline’s stature to make such a fool of herself? Is she standing on the precipice of a nervous breakdown?

dancers-of-twilightOnce the darling of Americans nationwide, it seems for reasons unknown (speculation doesn’t count) Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg is having her druthers in which direction to turn. Had Jackie been alive, she would have told Caroline “STAY AWAY” from the sewer of Politics. That was Jackie’s mandate for John Jr. She built an insular bubble around her children with what else….MONEY! Is that a sin… No, I don’t think so. Is it a smart thing to do? You bet it is.

I remember reading Jackie’s biography where she was told by her attorney and confidante handing her financial affairs after she asked him, “How am I doing financially?”
He turned to her and said, “Jackie, you have ONE more shopping trip left, then you are BROKE!”

I can just see Jackie’s jaw dropping at the horror of it all thinking, how will I protect my children from the onslaught of access by the sharks and jackals just waiting to get at my children? She knew it was a sheer impossibility. The Kennedy Klan were not forthcoming with gobs of money keeping Jackie in the style she was accustomed-to. After all, Joe Kennedy Sr was still master at the helm. He never quite got over Jack’s death and was in a terrible state of depression unable to think about anything else except what might have been-

I doubt Caroline has ever given it a second thought how smart her mother was about the dirty game of Politics. Or how Jackie outwitted the political sewage at every turn because she cared so deeply for her children.

I’ve said this before in anther post. Caroline ought to read a few biographies written about her mother. Jackie wasn’t just a women who appreciated the nice things money could buy, the museum benefit socializing crowd, the poetry, editing books, updating the White House decor. Jackie was a woman of the World. She didn’t have it easy, coming from a broken home torn between her mother and father.

Learn from your mother Caroline, not from the political bent of man so out of step with morality he’s gone over the cliff. This is just the first time, you got to experience Uncle Teddy’s idea of a joy ride!

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Caroline OUT! WOO-HOO!

In Caroline Kennedy, Gov Patterson., Hillary Clinton, mainstream media, New York Senate Seat, WordPress Political Blogs on January 21, 2009 at 8:18 pm


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From Out of Nowhere, Caroline withdraws her name from consideration for Senate

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Earlier posts from around the web:

01/21/2009

.Just Breaking; and seems to be complete surprise; Caroline withdraws her name from consideration for Senate bid, citing “personal reasons.

NY POST

Caro line Kennedy has told Gov. David Paterson that she is withdrawing her name from consideration to replace outgoing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the U.S. Senate, The Post has learned.

Kennedy cited “persoal reasons,” according to sources.

MORE: Caroline The ‘Certain’ Pick For Dave: Rivals

Her stunning move comes as sources revealed that Paterson had intended to appoint her to the now-vacant seat today.

The 51-year-old Camelot daughter’s decision removes the highest-profile name in the ring to step into Clinton’s seat, as she departs after getting confirmed as President Obama’s Secretary of State today.

The surprise decision leaves a crowded field of about 15 people, mostly elected officials, vying to replace Clinton – including Long Island Rep. Steve Israel, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi, upstate Rep. Kirsten Gillibrand and Rep. Carolyn Maloney.

For the first time on Tuesday, shortly after Obama was inaugurated, Paterson acknowledged publicly that he is considering state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo for the slot.

Why Caroline?

In Barack Obama, Caroline Kennedy, Gov Patterson., Hillary Clinton, New York Senate Seat, WordPress Political Blogs on January 18, 2009 at 5:51 pm

Does anyone have any idea why we need Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg as an inexperienced Senator to represent New Yorkers? Suggestions requested!

It seems to me Caroline benefits from the percs of being a Senator more than New Yorkers benefit from her taking up a seat she is unqualified to act upon.

Isn’t what she is doing in direct contradiction to what her father said at his Inauguration Speech?

“Ask not what your country can do for you. Ask, what YOU can do for your country!”

Caroline has never done a ding, dang thing, except telemarket for donations before she hired someone to do that for her.   And is it really in the best interest of the People of New York for a Senator and her entire family to have such close ties to a president that they may have to say “NO” to when legislative issues come about that are NOT in the best interests of the People?

How do we know she has the capability to “Just Say No, Obama?”   I believe that is a salient point that just doesn’t compute and New Yorkers need to respond in kind with their fears especially to the Governor, who  under pressure from the TOP,   is scheduled to appoint her!

THUMBS DOWN for Caroline’s appointment to NY senate Seat..

In Caroline Kennedy, DC, economy, Gov Patterson., New York Senate Seat, news, Politics, Washington, WordPress Political Blogs on January 17, 2009 at 3:40 am

Heres hoping Governor Paterson isn’t foolish enough to risk the anger and revenge of New Yorkers IF he appoints Caroline to Hillary’s seat!

It’s not like Caroline, if she intends to involve herself in politics, would snub an offer of an Ambassadorship to England, would she? There would be a certain historical symmetry to Kennedy becoming Ambassador to the Court of St James’s (the official title of the US ambassador to the UK). Her grandfather Joe was ambassador from 1938 to 1940, though he hardly covered himself with glory.

A successful stint in London by Caroline – and she seems admirably well-equipped for the job – would help remove the tarnish from that part of the Kennedy legacy. (Some insist Joe Kennedy was a Nazi sympathizer. I am not supporting the claim. Just stating it exists.) Plus Caroline is living with the fact, it’s not just herspotty voting record. I have read that she has been very parsimonious in giving financial backing or any kind of public support to fellow NY democrats running for office over the years.

For one who has shunned the public eye and shunned politics, who has no experience of actually running for office in any capacity, and who has done nothing for the State of New York (this is a Statewide office, not a New York City position) to presume that the job should be handed to her on a platter because she was born a Kennedy is not only ludicrous but insulting to those NY politicians who have labored for years for the party and the State.

Let her go to London. At least she can do no harm. I am sure that she is qualified to host dinners and order flower arrangements and preside over affairs of state and lost X-Pats Passports without much trouble. Caroline can make a run at the NY Seat next year, that is if she’s really interested in representing the state’s electorate.

I have to add, don’t you just love the fact that she has now dropped her married name? I guess Schlossburg doesn’t quite have the same cachet. If London isn’t quite good enough for Caroline, she should consult Joe (the former plumber) the War correspondent. He seems to have found the formula for winning over people simply because he can speak Truth to Power and really mean it.

Marist College released a poll showing 40 percent of voters back Cuomo to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton. Kennedy was favored by 25 percent; Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi, 6 percent, and Reps. Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Carolyn Maloney (D-Manhattan), each 5 percent.

Cuomo’s support has surged since a Marist poll last month showing Kennedy and him tied. In the new poll, 62 percent said Cuomo would do an excellent or good job as senator, while only 41 percent said the same of Kennedy.
Poll Link

SNL closer to reality than mainstream Media…

In Caroline Kennedy, economy, Gov Patterson., mainstream media, nepotism, New York Senate Seat, news, Politics, Sarah Palin, WordPress Political Blogs on January 11, 2009 at 11:36 am

FAIR AND BALANCED MEDIA COVERAGE? YOU’VE GOT TO BE KIDDING!

At least Tina Fey’s mimicking of Sarah Palin was in good fun with Sarah Palin included in the joke. The unabashed ridiculing of Sarah Palin by the Media particularly Katie Couric was for what good reason?
Reporting the news as it was happening in a fair and balanced way? The unjustified cutting insults thrown at her family was for what good reason? Presenting a warped image of Sarah Palin’s personal life? To embarrass and humiliate her casting her as a less than capable intelligent contender for the VP slot?

Sarah Palin taking the bull by the horns… Good on her!

PALIN CABINET“I’ve been interested to see how Caroline Kennedy will be handled and if she will be handled with kid gloves or if she will be under such a microscope. … It’s going to be interesting to see how that plays out and I think that as we watch that we will perhaps be able to prove that there is a class issue here also that was such a factor in the scrutiny of my candidacy versus, say, the scrutiny of what her candidacy may be.”

Turning the tables on the media has it’s benefits. It will be on Sarah Plain’s terms not theirs. Their questions will be without notice. Responsible for answers that will be analyzed, scrutinized and dissected by the public.

Dean remained silent during the sexist and misogynistic attacks against Hillary and Palin during the election season. Only after the election did Dean finally speak up in outrage. But the outrage was feigned. Good riddance to Howard Dean.

If Gov. Rob Blagojevich is guilty of trying to sell a Senate seat in Illinois, then Caroline Kennedy is guilty of trying to buy one in New York.

It is time to lay the Camelot myth to rest, and it is time for Caroline to stop using the name Kennedy to get an appointment that she doesn’t deserve and instead use the name Schlossberg to apply for the many jobs she is eminently qualified for.

If Gov. Paterson appoints Caroline Kennedy to the United States Senate, it will be (to use the words that were said of the gifted attorney Sir Thomas Inskip when he was appointed England’s Minister for the Coordination of Defense in 1939, a job he was not qualified for) “the most cynical appointment since Caligula made his horse a consul.”

Caroline, a cold, clunky cacophony of cataclysm..

In Caroline Kennedy, Gov Patterson., Hillary Clinton, nepotism, New York Senate Seat, news, Politics, sexism on December 30, 2008 at 12:57 am

For many, the simplistic fall back for Caroline’s continued awkward foray into the world of politics seems to have arrived at the consensus, it’s sexism , mainly because of her lack of a noodley appendage.

In other words if Caroline were imbued with a noodley appendage, then all would be well and she would be accepted with open arms by the locals as the next senator from NY and any Negative PRESS would magically DISAPPEAR! Hmm.. in this case calling sexism, just isn’t a good fit for Caroline. She has been given far greater latitude by the Press in expressing herself when responding to questions than any of the other female politicians who have gone before her. I’d call it turning a Blind Eye and giving her a big, fat, pass!                                                                 

Remembering the article posted here is from the UK.

Thankfully there are other observations that do, more or less, give us pause, that ‘sexism’ isn’t necessarily always culpable. . The observations made by UK reporter Tim Reid writing in from Washington undeniably focus on the articulation of thought put into succinct pleasing words that comfort the auditor’s sense of understanding good grammar rather than furthering any explorations suited to a ‘sexism’ catchall.

This from Tim Reid:

“Caroline Kennedy’s quest to enter the US Senate has suffered a self-inflicted blow in a series of interviews in which she can only be described as . . . um . . . excruciatingly, you know, unerudite.” (A link to the video of that interview and article is here at the link.)

“During a series of meetings with the New York press, one of which was recorded and is now being admired on YouTube in all its ineloquent awkwardness, the daughter of President Kennedy was vague, unconvincing and displayed a potentially ruinous verbal tic.”

“In one sequence, lasting 2 minutes and 27 seconds, Ms Kennedy, 51, revealed that she had inherited none of the eloquence, energy or charisma associated with other members of America’s foremost political dynasty: she used the phrase “you know” no fewer than 30 times.

“Asked to justify her candidacy – after days spent with handlers advising her on how to fill Hillary Clinton’s vacant New York Senate seat – she began in a dull monotone: “Um, this is a fairly unique moment both in our, you know, in our country’s history, and, and in, in, you know, my own life, and um, you know, we are facing, you know, unbelievable challenges, our economy, you know, healthcare, people are losing their jobs here in New York obviously um, arh, you know. . . ”

“Yesterday The New York Times, which published the interview with Ms Kennedy on Sunday – calling her forceful, but vague and largely undefined – released the full 8,500-word transcript of the encounter, revealing a verbal landscape knee-deep in “you knows”. She used the phrase a grand total of 144 times.”

“Michael Goodwin, a veteran columnist with the New York Daily News wrote: “Fantasy is giving way to inevitable truth. The truth is that Kennedy is not ready for the job and doesn’t deserve it. Her quest is becoming a cringe-inducing experience.” ( no grumbling about the NYDN… you have to admit, sometimes a truism emerges that is undeniable)

Tim Reid focuses on a salient point while Mr. Goodwin puts a finer point on the pencil and I believe their analogies, much to my “sexism” relief, are spot on!

NOTHING Sweet about Caroline!! The Queen has spoken!

In Caroline Kennedy, Gov Patterson., nepotism, New York Senate Seat, news, Politics on December 27, 2008 at 8:16 pm

“I wouldn’t be here if I didn’t think I would be the best,” Mrs. Schlossberg said.

aka…the Rude, the Crude and Pretentious, Pompous Perpetrator of Paterson’s appointment to the NY Senate Seat! Kennedy-Schlossberg!

This is a Jim Dandy read from the NYT… If this doesn’t get your blood boiling. Then you are dead but don’t know it yet!

NYTimes Link

“After weeks of criticism that she had not opened up to the public or the press, Ms. Kennedy has embarked on a series of interviews..

Facing a somewhat delicate task, where she is not running for office but seeking an appointment to an impending vacancy, Mrs. Schlossberg avoided questions about the other possible contenders, saying she did not want to criticize them. She praised Mrs. Clinton, but said it was too soon to say how she could improve on Mrs. Clinton’s performance as a senator. She said she had been personally affected by the economic crisis but sidestepped questions about her wealth, declining to say how much money she lived on each year.

Typical Caroline. Make a statement and never explain what you mean.

“This is the opportunity that’s presenting itself right now, and I’m interested if the governor thinks that I could do a good job and help New York and help him,” Ms. Kennedy said.”

And where the word “OPPORTUNIST” exactly came from…

“Ms. Kennedy said she had spoken “throughout this process” with Andrew M. Cuomo, the attorney general, who is a contender for the job himself and is divorced from Ms. Kennedy’s cousin Kerry Kennedy. There are at least half a dozen other serious contenders for the job, including Thomas R. Suozzi, the Nassau County executive, and Representatives Carolyn B. Maloney and Kirsten E. Gillibrand.”

Yes, Mrs. Schlossberg, we know. You picked Cuomo’s brain for any and all the information to bluff your way through the process… (Just so you know…it’s not working!)

“I’m not a conventional choice,” Ms. Kennedy said. “I haven’t followed the traditional path, but I do think I’d bring a kind of a lifetime of experience that is relevant to this job.”

Mrs. Schlossberg, you are NOT even in the running FOR a Choice. You are trying to prove to your-self and Governor Paterson New Yorkers will like and appreciate you and be a plus when Paterson is running for his appointed seat.

Truth be known, you will be a Jonah around his neck in 2 yrs and he will sorely regret appointing you when he had the chance to cut you loose with little pain, now!.

NY’ers are WAY AHEAD of YOU, because they think with their minds not emotion. If Paterson choses you over any other of the really qualified candidates, they will exact their revenge on Paterson in two years..and he will be swept out of office with the force of a tsunami and so will YOU!

Relevant quotes from page 2:

“As things wrapped up, a reporter tried to pose another question, but she interrupted him.

“I think we’re done,” she said.

IOW, peasant step aside. (Catch my drift? you speak when you’re spoken too!)

SHAME ON YOU, Mrs Schlossberg!

A few more interesting facts about Caroline:

“But let’s look at the facts. Caroline Kennedy lives on Park Avenue with her husband and three children. She is a lawyer, writer and has raised more than 65 million dollars for New York public schools. She is director of the Kennedy Library Foundation, a director of the NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund and the Commission on Presidential Debates. She has always shunned the limelight and is a very private person.”

Didn’t I tell you she thinks of everyone as hired help, her hired help?

Caroline need to look up the definition of ‘Public Servant’ and remember who pays her salary out of their Blood Tax Money.

Kennedy views constituency as “persona non grata”..

In Caroline Kennedy, economy, Gov Patterson., Hillary Clinton, nepotism, New York Senate Seat, news, Politics, Secretary of State on December 24, 2008 at 3:24 am

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. -The start of Caroline Kennedy’s “listening tour” was awfully hard to hear. So far, her first foray into politics has been one of private meetings, brief appearances, and unanswered questions about what she would do, say and think if chosen as New York’s next senator.

It’s a similar strategy to the one Hillary Rodham Clinton employed successfully in 1999 to meet and listen to residents and politicians, but with a big difference: Kennedy’s really campaigning for only one voter — Democratic Gov. David Paterson. He has the sole responsibility for naming a successor if Clinton is confirmed as President-elect Barack Obama’s secretary of state.

“It is not a campaign,” Kennedy said after a private meeting with Democratic officials in Rochester.

Yet there is an intense lobbying effort under way to persuade the people who can persuade the governor to make her a senator.

In that, the 51-year-old daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy is no different than the dozen or so other Senate hopefuls — but her effort has been far more closely scrutinized because she has never run for office and little is known about her politics, personality or priorities.

A big part of Kennedy’s effort is trying to convince upstate political bosses that she sees beyond the skyscrapers of Manhattan.

Upstate New Yorkers feel chronically ignored by New York’s political leadership, especially now that the governor and both senators live in or near New York City.
The region that sprawls from New York City’s suburbs to the Canadian border and west to Lake Erie has been in the economic doldrums for years, long before the financial meltdown.

Kennedy stumbled in her first public appearance Wednesday in Syracuse. She met privately for an hour with local politicians, then spoke to reporters for all of 30 seconds before being hustled away by an aide.

Syracuse Mayor Matt Driscoll said she “seemed pleasant” and added: “I think she’s certainly well-read.”

He said alot more than that. In a video interview, he said he didn’t think he would support her for Senator . Driscoll, was quite honest and candid about Caroline. I give him credit for standing UP and telling it like it IS !

Former federal prosecutor Dan French said she would return to Syracuse to talk more. “People need to let her jump into this,” French said. “She’s doing everything she can to meet people and hear from people, and she’s just begun.”

No one CAN stop her from jumping in to it! The more she speaks her mind; the less you like her. My only comparison to her… is her mother. Who was an interesting, charming and instantly likable woman . I’ve read Jackie’s biography… she was a soft spoken, enthused, out-spoken women. Caroline’s innate detachment from humanity speaks like thunder in the political world. She seems to project she’s more than what she is.. I can’t decide if it’s culture she’s lacking… or what it is… Women like her mother, Princess Dianna and now the warmth Hillary developed over the course of her presidential campaign.. What all these women have/had in common is they are/were approachable. Caroline seems to look at people like they’re ALL hired help…

Later in the day, in Buffalo, she opened up enough to speak publicly for about two minutes. But she was surrounded by security and media so it’s doubtful the public caught even a glimpse of her. The trip did not get good reviews.

“A drive-by visit,” the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle called it, urging her to come back and talk publicly to real people, not politicians.

By comparison, when Clinton came through Buffalo on her “listening tour” in August 1999, she dropped in on labor leaders, business leaders, ministers, family picnics and house parties. It was part of a long, concerted effort to showcase Clinton all over the state.

The then-first lady had an advantage Kennedy doesn’t: Time. She started introducing herself in mid-1999, more than a year before the election. Kennedy has only until January, or February at the latest, before Paterson makes his decision.

Oh, I beg to differ… If this sudden career change had really been thought out even as late as Nov 5th … or at Thanksgiving, she could have gotten herself out there and started lobbying people for support. Caroline would/could have caught fire by now had her approach been given some serious thought of what a Senate position entails…. Representing the Constituency… (remembering, Palin made her public debut look too easy. She was an instant hit.)
You feel it.. She’s the, “I’ll never ask them for anything” mentality. Those, yes those people, believe they are something special– Linda Harris comes to mind. The innappropriate comments, the nervous giggle, they interrupt or talk over you. You can’t wait for them to stop talking, because you’re gagging on their every word.
Kennedy’s public outreach so far may be scant, but her private talks have already paid dividends. Kevin Sheekey — the man behind Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s stillborn presidential campaign — has been promoting her privately, according to Democrats who spoke on condition of anonymity because the conversations are private.

UH! Big bonus for you, eh.. Skeekey? Get to work!

The backroom lobbying also centers around political operative Josh Isay, a former top aide to Democratic Sen. Charles Schumer whose clients include Kennedy, Bloomberg and civil rights activist Al Sharpton, who effectively endorsed Kennedy’s bid last week when he took her out for soul food at Sylvia’s in Harlem.

Yetch! Strange that Caroline chooses to do an end run around the People…
Those sorts of overlapping loyalties strike some as undemocratic, even in a process where a non-elected governor — Paterson rose to the office when Gov. Eliot Spitzer resigned in disgrace — is picking a non-elected senator.

“It looks like Bloomberg is creating a cadre of philosopher kings and queens drawn from the elite,” said Doug Muzzio, professor of politics at Baruch College. “I don’t know that it’s a positive development for New York politics, irrespective of her and her qualifications.”

Yup!

Bloomberg has lavished praise on her, and the politically powerful Kennedy clan has vowed to do everything they can to support her bid. After her meal with Sharpton at Sylvia’s, an appearance that is one of the rituals of running for statewide office in New York, Kennedy briefly addressed reporters waiting outside.

“I have, you know, quite a lot to learn, but I feel like I bring a lot with me, as well,” she said. “This is a time when nobody can afford to sit out. And I hope that I have something to offer.”

Well, no one can stand in your way Caroline… You just may be a casualty of the “Not likeable enough” syndrome… Alls I know is, you are giving Governor Paterson a Big headache and complicating HIS life… He is thinking about his election in 2 years knowing he will be challanged by Cuomo.. Paterson has a cure for that right now. Give the seat with your name on it to him. Problem solved.

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Caroline… Not Ready for Prime Time!

In Caroline Kennedy, economy, Gov Patterson., Hillary Clinton, nepotism, news, Politics on December 23, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Watching Caroline’s performance visiting upstate NY is more than disappointing. As unprepared as she is offering up her paper thin resume of erstwhile experience attempting to bluff her way through to the NY Senate Seat.

I know working mothers in the PTA who have read books on the Constitution, worked as fundraisers for terminated after school activities because of school budget cuts, collected cans with the Boy Scouts for families hard pressed to put food on the table. And done it all undelegated , with their own two hands

Caroline running for the NY US Senate seat is nothing more than theatrics, PR firm and all. Her bid for one of the most complex and diverse states in the Union is being met with the resistance typical of NY’er brilliance at smelling something that just ain’t right! Sure they all liked JFK and RFK… we all did. They had a vision for NY’ers and the future. All Caroline is bringing to the table is her DNA.

Will that be enough to convince Republicans objecting to the legislation Caroline proposes germane to NY’er when it comes crunch time? What will she use for supporting arguments GOOGLE? Or one of Obama’s tricks; using a philosophical quote from a book she read in College? Or will someone else do the homework for her?

Knowing the street sense of New Yorkers, they will be very unhappy with the choice made by Governor Paterson if his choice to replace Senator Clinton is Caroline Kennedy. New Yorkers have all the RIGHT in the World to expect good service from their political appointments… Caroline demonstrates she just isn’t ready for Prime Time… even if Uncle Teddy has volunteered his help! He won’t be sitting in the HOT Seat when it comes time to vote!

Senate-hopeful Caroline talks gays, war, and education

In Barack Obama, Caroline Kennedy, economy, feminism, Gov Patterson., Hillary Clinton, nepotism, New York Senate Seat, Politics on December 21, 2008 at 2:26 pm

A Step backward for NY’ers IF Paterson picks Caroline!

I would venture to say, Paterson’s prospect of election to the office of Governor would be in jeopardy IF he pushes Caroline on NY’ers as their new Senator!

queen-of-hearts-233Bloomy is going to challenge Paterson for the gubernatorial position in the next election cycle.. Who do you think the Team players, who seem to LOVE throwing people under the bus, will choose? I say, Caroline will go with Bloomy. They have been cozy for some time! Paterson is just a little “too True to Himself and erstwhile” for a Kennedy!

THE DAILY NEWS SAYS:

“After a lifetime of avoiding the press, Caroline Kennedy is speaking out – and some of her views are straight out of LEFT field.

Democrat Kennedy, who is now openly campaigning to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate, said Saturday that she supports gay marriage – placing her to the left of President-elect Barack Obama and the former First Lady.

“Caroline supports full equality and marriage rights for gay and lesbian couples,” Kennedy spokesman Stefan Friedman said.

She and Obama do agree on one big thing – both feel invading Iraq was a big mistake. (so do millions of others people…no deal breaker there)

Clinton, who is on deck to become Obama’s secretary of state, voted in favor of the 2003 invasion. Obama was an early opponent of the war, but was not a member of the Senate at the time of the vote.

“Caroline opposed the war in Iraq from the beginning,” Friedman said. “She supports President-elect Obama’s plan to work with our military leaders to begin a responsible withdrawal.” (like she ever came out publicly to discourage the vote FOR War..where was she?)

heres the good stuff:

“Kennedy – who took a slew of written questions from a variety of media outlets through her spokesman – flatly refused to say whether she would back the Democratic nominee against Mayor Bloomberg, who plans to pursue a third term next year as an Independent.

DOES ANYONE EVER EXPECT AN HONEST, DETAILED, ANSWER TO A HARD QUESTION FROM CAROLINE?

The Senate hopeful danced around some of the questions posed, but her responses represent more than she’s said to date on a range of issues.

For example:

* Whether Gov. Paterson was right to rule out a tax hike to address the state’s budget problems: “Caroline believes that Gov. Paterson’s budget appropriately includes both revenue increases and budget cuts while still protecting the most vulnerable,” Friedman said.

But didn’t elucidate WHO are the most vulnerable and what is being done to protect them. Does she actually know?

* On the landmark Campaign for Fiscal Equity school-funding lawsuit: “Caroline did not take a public position at the time on CFE, but supports fair funding for New York City schools. She supports charter schools, using government money for charters and the right of teachers to organize at charters if they choose.” Kennedy supports continued mayoral control of city schools and opposes vouchers, Friedman said.

* On immigration, Kennedy believes “undocumented workers should pay a fine, learn English and go to the back of the line behind those who came here legally.” Friedman said she also supports stronger controls on the hiring of such workers for U.S. jobs.

And what is her plan for accomplishing this complex task even for seasoned politicos? … crickets!

* Friedman said Kennedy backs gun control and opposes the death penalty. She also supports rolling back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, but not right now due to the “fragile” state of the economy.

Just one of the reasons rolling back the Tax Cuts for the Rich… we are in a “fragile economy”!… Caroline easily stumped on the NO brainers

* Kennedy also said she supports the auto bailout package President Bush announced Friday, which uses funds from the Troubled Asset Relief Program to help carmakers stay afloat.

Auto-makers Bailed Out before Homeowners is just plain WRONG! Auto-makers should file Ch 11 like everyone else and operate under the review of a US TRUSTEE of the BK Court!

*Asked if she would support an Israeli strike against a nuclear-capable Iran, Kennedy said she “strongly supports a safe and secure Israel,” but believes “Israel’s security decisions should be left to Israel.” She also said an undivided Jerusalem should be the nation’s capital.

Thats the Ball Game folks…if Caroline didn’t have a spokesperson she’d be floating a BLANK page for her proposed policy..


NY Daily News

Thanks to Not Your Sweetie for posting the graphic..and piquing my interest to know more…