The Caroline Kennedy Sarah Palin Comparison

(New York) The media has quickly picked up the story of Caroline Kennedy’s desire to become the next Senator from New York. With the appointment of Senator Hillary Clinton to be the next Secretary of State for President-Elect Obama’s administration Governor Patterson is set to appoint a replacement. Caroline Kennedy is the apparent front runner for that Senate seat.

There has been an outcry from all sides of the political spectrum regarding her lack of experience to do the job. There is a belief that she seems to be a front runner simply because of the Kennedy name. We have heard the same arguments used by the left against Sarah Palin now being used by the right against Caroline Kennedy. Let us make some proper comparisons.

Under the Constitution of the United States both candidates met qualification for their respective offices. Up against each other, Governor Palin has undoubtedly more political experience. There is the feeling that both of these women were appointed instead of elected. One could make the case that Governor Palin had done more to earn the job of Vice President than Caroline Kennedy had done to earn the job as Senator.

If one were to look at these factors then there should have undoubtedly been no questions regarding Sarah Palin’s qualifications for the job. We learn however that these are not the only factors, we are missing the most important one. Were overlooking the position they’re running for.

Sarah Palin was running to be Vice-President of the United States of America. Her colleagues would have been foreign heads of state. She would have had remarkable power in deciding the course our nation took for the next four years, this is especially true when one takes into account Senator John McCain’s age and previous health concerns.

Caroline Kennedy is “running,” and I use the term loosely, to be the Junior Senator from New York. Her colleagues would be 99 other Senators and she would be only one vote in the Senate and would have as much power as the Senator from Wyoming in deciding the course of our nation.

One can not compare the power of the Vice-President to the power of a single Senator, no matter what state they may be from.

Another comparison is the refusal on the behalf of their respective handlers to allow them to talk to the media. Sarah Palin gave a set of unforgettable interviews during which she seemed to lack a grasp of basic political concepts which was called out by the media.

Caroline Kennedy however has not given a single interview nor has she answered questions from media at public appearances. This should not be tolerated by major news sources who should demand she answer questions much as they did during Sarah Palin’s run.

If those on the left wish those on the right would stop saying Caroline Kennedy is unqualified, let her answer reporters questions. Naturally she wouldn’t have to go on many major national news shows, she is not running for Vice-President, she should speak to New York media outlets.

In the end while Sarah Palin was running to be a “heartbeat away from the Presidency” and would have had the power to lead the most powerful nation in the world. One could argue that the vetting and scrutiny of Sarah Palin was necessary in order to ensure voters she would be ready to lead incase of a crisis. This is especially true due to the fact that she would only face an election in 2012. Caroline Kennedy on the other hand is running to be a Senator, and while there shouldn’t be such a lack of vetting, there obviously should be some, she will face an election in 2010. If voters deemed her not upto the task she could be swiftly tossed out of office.

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4 Comments on “The Caroline Kennedy Sarah Palin Comparison”


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  2. nickroloson Says:

    I think the most important thing to take into consideration during this is that Gov. Paterson has made absolutely no hints as to who he will nominate to fill that Senate seat. He could pick Kennedy, RFK Jr, Tom Suozzi, Steve Israel, my Dad, Himself, the only qualification is to be a NY resident and meet the age qualification.

    People have been quick to create a frenzy over Caroline’s ambitions, but they are just that, ambition. The Gov. makes the final call.

  3. ian.rivera Says:

    Well I would change this a bit and compare the two for the senate. I would say that Sarah Palin is much mroe qualified to serve in the Senate than Caroline Kennedy is. My problem with an appointment of Kennedy is not that she would be a poor Senator, but that she has not earned the seat. Not only has she never ran a state-wide campaign, but I have not heard of her campaign for any issue other than the promotion of her own books. She was no where to be seen during the trial on 9/11, the war in Iraq, different aspects of the Bush Administration, etc. She certainly has not earned the position, and as a progressive I loathe the sight of someone getting appointed to a elected seat because of their name.

    Personally, I would like to either see a AG Cuomo or a congressman get the seat; someone who has run for office, and has the intestinal fortitude to get the job done. All Caroline’s years on the sideline haven’t shown me that she can sit down and negotiate with Republicans on what seems to be a rather liberal platform (http://www.nytimes.com/2008/12/21/nyregion/21platform.html?scp=2&sq=caroline%20kennedy&st=cse).

    If we are in the mood to appoint someone, I would rather see her cousin get the seat – who has not ran for office but atleast has been politically active all his life, and has been a loud voice on a range of political issues, stood up for what he believed in, and in my opinion has earned the seat

  4. nickroloson Says:

    I think saying that Sarah Palin, the governor of a state that does not touch the continental United States, has ANY experience worthy enough of the Senate is a farce. I think this is a good comparision, as neither Sarah Palin nor Caroline Kennedy have any actual political experience to speak of. But I’ll reiterate that this decision rests on the shoulders of David Paterson (who will soon have to answer for his projected budget and would probably love to get the hell out of there untouched)


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