The here-to-fore non-politically-ambitious Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg has declared herself a candidate for the Senate seat-to-be-vacated upon the presumed departure of the Hildabeast for the State Department.
She seems to think it is hers for the taking. Because of her name.
New Yorkers, in a monumental act of logic, have decried Mrs. Schlossberg's lack of (political) experience and indeed her whole work ethic. As well they should.
But Mrs. Schlossberg isn't the only one who believes that a US Senate seat is a family entitlement. Her Uncle Teddy has proclaimed that when he dies, he wants his Senate seat to go to his wife, Victoria, so it can "stay in the family". Nevermind what the voters of Massacusetts might want.
And Democrats believe that Ted Kaufman, Joe Biden's longtime aide, newly appointed to Joe Biden's vacant Senate seat, is merely holding it for Beau Biden, son of, you guessed it, until the 2010 elections.
We should be grateful that Obummer does not have a family member eligible for that available Illinois seat.
Here are a couple of thoughts:
_Don't appoint replacements, ELECT them. period.
_Allow candidates to run for only ONE elected office at a time. (In 2004, John Kerry ran for the Presidency and re-election to the Senate at the same time).
_And have the idiot running for higher office resign his/her seat upon clinching the nomination. Like Bob Dole did back in 1996.
I only hope that people remember all this discussion about experience and entitlement when Mini-Me Clinton pops up. And she will.