Caroline's every kind of Democrat
This might come as a small surprise to Hillary Clinton, who stood by helplessly in the make-or-break Democratic primaries while Caroline and her Uncle Teddy grandly backed Barack Obama.
But dont read too much into that little disconnect. Carolines also an Obama Democrat and a Kennedy Democrat and a Schumer Democrat and apparently a Sharpton Democrat too.
Now that she wants to be New Yorks junior senator, Caroline will be whatever kind of Democrat she has to be, even if that means riding up to Lenox Avenue and sitting for a full cholesterol infusion with Democratic Reverend Al.
Oddly, she did fail to mention shes a Paterson Democrat. Once reminded that Governor David gets to name Hillarys Senate replacement all by himself, dont expect that omission again from Caroline.
This label flexibility is possible only for a candidate, like Caroline Kennedy, who is a political blank slate, someone who has hardly ever had to take a public position on anything. Heck, she could be a Blagojevich Democrat if she chose to, although that might not be so helpful right now.
She was pleasant and poised as she stepped out of Sylvias Restaurant. But asked how shes prepared to be a U.S. Senator, she fell back immediately on genealogy and her nice-person resume.
I come at this as a mother, as a lawyer, as an author, as an education advocate and from a family that really has spent generations in public service, she said.
Ah, families. There are families all over this mess. It isnt often that three of Americas top Democratic clans the Clintons, Cuomos and Kennedys are all so intertwined in ambitions and resentment with all of them pretending to still be friends.
A quick review: The Kennedys sold out the Clintons. Hillary created the Senate-seat drama by signing on as Obamas secretary of state. So Mario Cuomos son Andrew was the heir apparent until Caroline, whose cousin Kerry divorced Andrew, decided she might want the job.
Pick your label: Arent families fun?