Sorry, Caroline, We're Over Political Dynasties: Klein

Joe Klein comes out against Kennedy scion
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 16, 2008 12:07 PM CST
Sorry, Caroline, We're Over Political Dynasties: Klein
In this April 20, 2008 file photo, Barack Obama shares a moment with Caroline Kennedy before addressing supporters at a rally in Scranton, Pa.    (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

(Newser) – Caroline Kennedy used to be described as “self-effacing,” but now that she’s signaled her interest in Hillary Clinton's Senate seat, she’s shown she has another “eminently New York quality,” Joe Klein writes in Time: chutzpah. Kennedy assumes that America still loves its dynasties, but when Barack Obama beat Hillary Clinton, it proved that “the Era of Big Strange Political Families was over.”

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Obama embodies this change, and he's impressed Klein by appointing people “outside the standard political fast-food menu.” David Paterson should do likewise, “if he hasn't already been bum-rushed into the Kennedy coronation.” (Read more Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg stories.)

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