A Modest Proposal on Caroline Kennedy
While its always fun to throw out allegations of some conspiracy and chastise folks I'll throw out a simple hypothesis: Caroline Kennedy was not the best fit for the job.
Shocking as it may seem, there are some legitimate gripes about her candidacy. For one, her voting record does not indicate a deep commitment to NY Democratic politics:
A review by The News found that of the 38 contested elections since 1988, Kennedy skipped about half, almost all of them primaries.
Additionally, she hasn't shown much interest helping the next set of NY leaders:
This decade, other than a $1,000 donation to City Council Speaker Christine Quinn, the Camelot heiress has not financially supported any Democrat seeking city or state office in New York, records reveal.
Some say Kennedy, who is worth at least $100 million, missed an opportunity to curry favor among Democratic pols to establish herself as a serious political player as she lobbies Gov. Paterson for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat.
Not so good if one of your selling points is about raising money for other Dems in the state.
Call me old fashion, but those two issues alone suggest a person who didn't feel much of a need to get involved in the *Democratic Party* process over the last 20 years. How can you reasonable expect people *not* to raise charges of entitlement/legacy and/or cronyism? Heck, even as a "poor graduate student" I donated to more local and state candidates than Kennedy (of course, not as much given financial limitations).
The two reasons quoted above are enough (even though there are more reasons) for me to not feel bad about Caroline Kennedy not getting the nod. I do feel bad she had to undergo a high level of scrutiny that I don't wish on anyone. Especially if she's as private as many are saying. But no, I don't think there is reason to chastise anyone for her not being appointed.