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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:35 PM
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Poll question: Would you support or oppose Caroline Kennedy taking over Sen. Clinton's senate seat?
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 04:52 PM by Drunken Irishman
Easy enough.

Sorry, polls are turned off at Level 3.

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ruggerson Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:37 PM
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1. There are more qualified people
but if she is chosen, I'm sure she will do a great job.

So I'm neither opposed nor in favor.
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TheWraith Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:38 PM
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2. Who is Carolina Kennedy? nt
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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:52 PM
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7. Fixed. I had Carolina on my mind. :O
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DiverDave Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:40 PM
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3. Um, the name is famous
but can she do the job?
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eleny Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:40 PM
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4. I support because Obama has confidence in her
So my reason has more to do with the new administration having allies in the Senate. I'm not smitten by any memories of the past. I just think she's a person who goes into things in a thoughtful way. In other words - she's the opposite of some hothead like Chris Matthews who we know wants to run in PA.
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secondwind Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:43 PM
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5. Caroline is as qualified to be Senator as anyone else. She has a law
degree and is highly educated. You don't need much more.

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ddeclue Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:44 PM
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6. Tired of Royal Families...
If I wanted to do that I would immigrate to England.
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HiFructosePronSyrup Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:54 PM
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8. Nepotism.
It's inherently anti-progressive.
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TreasonousBastard Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 04:57 PM
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9. Don't give a shit one way or the other...
one problem with being a New Yorker is that access to our Senators is damn near impossible. Sure, there's an office not too far away, and I really don't need to actually talk to the Senator, but even the office tends to hang up on you half the time. And both Senators are more interested in the money in the City or kissing ass upstate than what's here in the 'burbs. If we need something, we go to Tim Bishop in the House and he gets it done if it can be done.

Besides, this is the place for carpetbaggers on their way to something bigger and better-- other Kennedys, Buckleys, and a Clinton. Even Moynihan came down from Hahvahd.

I'd hate the thought, but they could give the seat to Giuliani for all the good it would do us here.





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qwlauren35 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:20 PM
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10. Please Tell Me that she's actually from NEW YORK!!!!
I'd like to think that that's a reasonable criterion, although I've noticed that people have been stretching it quite a bit in recent years!
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Grateful for Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:37 PM
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12. Yes, she is from NY. n/t
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Ozma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:30 PM
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18. NY resident for the past 19 years, is that enough for you?
Edited on Fri Dec-05-08 06:31 PM by Ozma
Or is it because she vacations on Cape Cod that has you thinking she lived in Mass?

By the way, her mother was also a NYC resident for many years.
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Seen the light Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:25 PM
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11. Completely oppose
Like others have said, dynasties are completely anti-democratic, ESPECIALLY ones where you're merely appointed to the seat.
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Grateful for Hope Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:41 PM
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13. Dynasties?
Both her father and her uncle had short-lived tenures. Her only relative with political longevity is her uncle -- who is currently battling cancer.

AFAIK, this situation is nothing like that of the Bushes, or, even like that of the Clintons. In addition, she has said nothing about pursuing the seat once her short tenure is over.

Let's face it. Anyone who takes this Senate seat will be "appointed". I fail to see any harm in this particular appointment.
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Blasphemer Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 05:44 PM
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14. I'm all for it
8 years of Obama followed by 8 years of Caroline Kennedy sounds good to me. I have no problem with the Kennedy name being the impetus for political success. At least in this case (unlike with the Bush name), it will work in the country's benefit. On a sentimental note, it Caroline ever made it to the White House as President, it would be a final crowning happy ending for the tale of "Camelot" - amidst all of the tragedy, it would be quite heartwarming.
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Bryan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:23 PM
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Not sure
FWIW (I'm not a New Yorker), her professional career seems to pass muster, and AFAIK, she doesn't have a record of public embarrasments or questionable associations, so she wouldn't poison the seat for the Dems if she ran in '12 or stepped down.

Then again, I think a major Obama supporter getting handed a position like this looks a little unsavory (YMMV on that one), and TreasonousBastard's post about the seat just being used as a resum-polisher gives me pause.
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Tarheel_Dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:23 PM
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15. Fully support. (nt)
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Ozma Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:28 PM
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16. Is this rumor anymore than rumor?
If so, tell us how.

I think she would be a good place-holder for the election in 2012.

This is what Biden's replacement is. Let's hope that's the thinking.

I vote to support her, but I don't live in NY.
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Drunken Irishman Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:29 PM
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17. She has contacted Governor Patterson about the vacancy.
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Onlooker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:36 PM
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19. Oppose strongly
Worshipping the Kennedys like royalty is absurd. Some of the Kennedys have worked hard for the people, but Carolyn is not one of them. Many of her books are simply there to glorify the Kennedy name and she has not done nearly as much as other Kennedys for the public good. She's a wealthy person who has dabbled with some of her extra free time in occasional good works. Let her run for office, and demonstrate she's one of the people, and I might even give to her campaign, but to award her a Senate position is completely wrong. There are many people who have done vastly more than her, even some Kennedys.
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Alexander Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:39 PM
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20. Support. The seat will be up for a special election in 2010 anyway.
If she does a bad job, New Yorkers are well within their rights to vote her out.
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Beausoir Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:42 PM
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21. She bores me but seems to be very accomplished.
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polichick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-05-08 06:43 PM
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22. I had the opportunity to work with Caroline during our primary...
...and found her to be down to earth, intelligent and serious about the work ~ from what I've heard, she's long been a serious student of history. She's also aware of her family's legacy and her own place in history. I don't think she'd take the job unless she intended to do a great job for her state and our country.
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