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Monday, January 26, 2009

Popcorn worthy -- Kennedy clan not happy with Paterson

He won't be summoned to the compound anytime soon to go yachting with Ted, that's for sure. Seriously, didn't Paterson see this coming? I mean, you just don't tick off the Kennedys. "Surly" doesn't begin to cover how retributive the Kennedys can be:

"An 'apoplectic' Kennedy family is seething over the rough treatment that heiress apparent Caroline got from Gov. Paterson's office and is spoiling for revenge," the New York Post reports.

Said one "well-placed" Democrat: "The governor's going to pay for this. Ted is furious. The family is furious. The Kennedys are now against the governor."

The New York Daily News quotes another source close to the Kennedy family: "Maybe [Paterson] was caught off guard by her decision, but to disparage her the way they have is beyond understanding."

New York magazine on Paterson: "His style of governance, a dizzy mix of ingratiation and trickeration, has turned what could have been a moment of triumph -- a powerful new ally in the Senate, a relationship with President Obama -- into a slapstick fiasco, a fitting sequel to the way Paterson got the job in the first place."

The New York Daily News piece also points out that the Kennedys aren't the only one upset with Paterson. So are the Cuomos. Remember that Andrew Cuomo was also in the running for this seat, and they feel just as snubbed as the Kennedys do. Granted, from the other reports on this that we've seen, the Kennedys seem to be on the verge of hiring a hitman to take Paterson out. (And no, I'm not saying they have, or am I condoning such an action. It's just when you read what they're saying about this, it's clear they're pi$$ed at him; spitting nails pi$$ed.)

But if this doesn't show the hubris the Kennedy clan has, I don't know what will. Caroline didn't deserve the seat. Paterson explained this to drama watchers last week. He didn't think she would bring the right level of seriousness to the job, you know. She seemed aloof most of the time, and she didn't have the credentials to take the seat. Kirsten Gillibrand does. She's been in the House for two terms. She dealt with legislation before.

Caroline wouldn't take the job seriously, and given how scatter-brained she sounds and acts putting her in the Senate would be just another lazy backside sitting there who doesn't know what they're voting on. The Kennedys may think that they're the preeminent political family in America, but dynasties aren't exactly a great thing for the nation. Dynasties tend to act like they deserve certain perks and privileges that the average Joe Blow can't attain.

Teddy can be as mad as he wants to be, but in the end Gov. Paterson gets to make the call. And unless Teddy has plans on the table to strip future governors of that power -- enumerated in the 17th Amendment -- then all the whining in the world isn't going to change squat. Caroline isn't going to the Senate, so Uncle Teddy just needs to pipe down and accept the decision.

Publius II


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