JFK Talks about a daughter entering politics

A short film clip from 1957, in which then Senator John Kennedy, three days short of the birth of his daughter Caroline, talks about the potential for a son or daughter entering politics. He was pointed in insisting that a daughter should give the same consideration to public service as a son. As I look back on clips of JFK I find myself still marveling at his political skill and still feeling pride that a son of Massachusetts had such a great impact on our nation. I do not know if it is my still strong admiration for JFK that gets me so angry when I see cheap shots taken at his daughter Caroline, or if it is an aversion to cruel stupidity posing as political commentary. In any case it should be noted that we really do not know how Caroline stacks up, but she has every right to explore this potential appointment by the governor. And it has been pointed out by others that maybe the argument lies with the process of having the Governor make the appointment. But since that is the process it appears that the absolutely inconceivable notion that politics may play a role in the selection process has some in a panic. We are worried about Caroline Kennedy’s qualifications for membership in a body that has Saxby Chambliss as a member???? I am not so worried about it, but I am frankly perplexed as to the reasoning of some who deride her personally without even giving her a chance. If treating the daughter of President Kennedy and a person of stature in her own right with some measure of respect in the Democratic Party is akin to creating political nobility then mark me down as favoring nobility.

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4 Responses to JFK Talks about a daughter entering politics

  1. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,

    A touching sentiment. I would like to repeat a paragraph, but substitute a name to see how it flys in your political world.

    We are worried about Sarah Palin’s qualifications for membership in a body that has Saxby Chambliss as a member???? I am not so worried about it, but I am frankly perplexed as to the reasoning of some who deride her personally without even giving her a chance.

    Hmmmmm.

    Jules

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  2. Bill Manzi says:

    I never said anything about Sarah Palin being a member of the Senate. And even after her selection as the VP nominee I did not criticize. I only brought it up when she fell flat on her face in interviews. (Do I need to repost those painful Couric interviews.)If Caroline performs as badly you will see those clips here as well.

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  3. Fred Mertz says:

    For me, it was her being a potential lack of a heartbeat away from the Presidency, with an intellectual curiousity that seemed even farther removed than the current President, if that’s possible (and joy of joys, apparently it is!).

    Call me crazy, but I think there’s a whole host of jobs I would feel uncomfortable testing out the qualifications of Ms. Palin for.

    Designing heart monitors would be Right Out. Anything that required reading. Or speaking. Or thinking. And stuff.

    But then, I’m one of those people that want people smarter than I am to run for high office.

    -FM

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  4. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,

    Check out Drudge on her trip to the upstate and be ready to send over clips of her trip to Syracuse and Rochester.

    Very Sarah Like.

    You won’t see it in the Globe, I bet.

    I’ll be watching.

    By the way, Merry Christmas to you and yours, and a Happy and tax free New Year.

    Jules

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