The objections to Caroline Kennedy becoming the next U.S. senator from New York — a decision to be made not by the voters but by Gov. David Paterson (D) — center mostly on the issue of privilege and entitlement. If she weren't a Kennedy, would she be seriously considered? Isn't this dynasty thing going a little too far?
Perhaps. But before we get all bent out of shape on this, let's remember who the president of the United States is. And, for good measure, take a look at the current (as well as incoming) Senate:
Alaska: Lisa Murkowski (R) — daughter of former Sen./Gov. Frank Murkowski (heck, he appointed her to the Senate!)
Arkansas: Mark Pryor (D) — son of former Sen. David Pryor
Colorado: Mark Udall (D) — son of the late Rep. Mo Udall of Arizona
Connecticut: Chris Dodd (D) — son of the late Sen. Thomas Dodd
Indiana: Evan Bayh (D) — son of former Sen. Birch Bayh
Louisiana: Mary Landrieu (D) — daughter of former New Orleans Mayor/Carter Cabinet official Moon Landrieu
Massachusetts: Ted Kennedy (D) — brother of the late President John Kennedy
New Hampshire: Both GOP senators — Judd Gregg and John Sununu — are sons of former governors
New Mexico: Tom Udall (D) — son of former Rep. Stewart Udall of Arizona
Pennsylvania: Bob Casey (D) — son of the late Gov. Bob Casey
Utah: Bob Bennett (R) — son of the late Sen. Wallace Bennett
Plus, Iowa Gov. Chet Culver (D) is the son of former Sen. John Culver. Democrats in Delaware seem determined to in effect hold open the Senate seat of Vice President-elect Joe Biden for his son Beau, the state attorney general currently in Iraq. Another political name in the news lately (and constantly) is Lisa Madigan, the attorney general of Illinois whose father is the powerful state House speaker.
And Jeb Whatshisname may run for the Senate from Florida.
Back to Caroline: There was one objection to my post of yesterday when, in talking about those opposed to her candidacy, I added a link to the Beach Boys' 1996 song "Caroline No." Neil Sapper complained that I should have added Neil Diamond's "Sweet Caroline" in the interest of fairness and balance.
I'm sorry Neil but, fairness or not, I can never ever ever ever link to a Neil Diamond song. Even in a blog post.