Goodman: Why Not Caroline?

Kennedy scion no better or worse than other celebrity candidates
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 19, 2008 1:50 PM CST
Caroline Kennedy listens to a reporter's question during a news conference at City Hall in Buffalo, NY, on Wednesday.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Edward Kennedy’s 1962 Senate run sent howls of “nepotism” through Massachusetts, with an opponent charging that, were his name Edward Moore not Edward Moore Kennedy, his “candidacy would be a joke.” One could say much the same for Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg, “but I find myself unable to dredge up even a modicum of outrage at the idea,” Ellen Goodman writes in the Boston Globe.

Kennedy is no worse a celebrity candidate than Al Franken or (cousin-in-law) Arnold Schwarzenegger, not “any less entitled to this post than the business leader who decides that his acumen at widgets qualifies him to lead a country.” Beside, Caroline is in a way a symbol for her generation, Goodman writes: “There is something tender and timely in seeing this particular woman coming home to the family business.”