So Caroline Kennedy dropped out of the senatorial race the other day, quite possibly because she was gently shoved. Is this a good thing? True, she wasn’t wildly articulate, she had precious little experience, and she seemed to think being a mom was a qualification in itself. But at least she’s for gay marriage! And besides, maybe just being a Kennedy is enough preparation for the job. It’s possible that a scion of this caliber could absorb political greatness strictly by osmosis and wouldn’t even need to practice it until she sort of felt like it.
Nah, this probably IS a good thing. It’s just sad that when Caroline, after living so many decades in the shadows, finally said “All right, I’ll do it,” the response she got forced her to say, “Um, never mind. Back to the kids.”
This article from the Village Voice Archive was posted on January 23, 2009