Caroline Steps out (Gingerly)

Caroline Kennedy, taking increasing flak from within New York’s Democratic establishment, has started to interact a little bit more with the media, granting the Associated Press and the New York Times interviews. This clip from MSNBC has some highlights. Kennedy (and the non-campaign campaign) has lost some important support in the past week, including powerful Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver. The Governor has publicly expressed some irritation over media reports that Caroline’s appointment is inevitable, and her close relationship with New York Mayor David Bloomberg has caused her some problems with Democratic officials that are not favorably inclined towards the Republican turned Independent Mayor. The Times has posted audio clips from her interview on its website which you can access at this link. Kennedy took some positions during the Times interview. From the New York Times:

Ms. Kennedy, 51, has had only a few weeks to think through a platform and a message, and she has already taken positions on issues like same-sex marriage, which she supports, and school vouchers, which she opposes. She spoke knowledgeably about education issues and said that, if appointed, she hoped to be particularly involved in the debate over the reauthorization of the federal legislation known as No Child Left Behind, of which her uncle Senator Edward M. Kennedy of Massachusetts was a lead author.

But she also demurred on a few issues, including the question of potential differences with others or in areas where she could point to differences with standard Democratic orthodoxy.

But in the interview on Saturday, she said she hoped to be a consensus-builder, and declined to describe her positions on other pressing public issues — even in education, where she has some expertise. Ms. Kennedy would not say, for example, whether she supported proposals to abolish tenure for teachers and offer them merit pay instead.

“To pick out the most controversial one as a stand-alone thing, I don’t think that’s really the way to go about this,” Ms. Kennedy said. “People can vote; it’ll be really interesting to see what happens. There’s a lot of experimentation going on in the country that we should pay attention to.”

So her initial thrust is carefully calibrated to diminish the criticism over lack of press access without taking positions that will lead powerful Democratic constituencies to oppose her appointment. She could use a little more polish, but overall she managed to get her limited press agenda accomplished without damage. She still brings a powerful political presence that presents Governor Paterson with an interesting political quandry. {font-size:11px; font-family:Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; color: #999; margin-top: 5px; background: transparent; text-align: center; width: 425px;} .msnbcLinks a {text-decoration:none !important; border-bottom: 1px dotted #999 !important; font-weight:normal !important; height: 13px;} .msnbcLinks a:link, .msnbcLinks a:visited {color: #5799db !important;} .msnbcLinks a:hover, .msnbcLinks a:active {color:#CC0000 !important;}

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4 Responses to Caroline Steps out (Gingerly)

  1. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,

    You have to be kidding me. You take news generated by NBC (nickname: Kennedy Broadcast System) and the Boston Globe (News we make up)
    and come this this Super-biase conclusion?

    Did you hear about the interview she had with Globe parent the New York Times?

    She was in a dinner and called the reporters over for interview. She ticked off the NYT guys with snippy answers (without content) and finally cut it shot. They questioned her on her drug use, and other things she did not want to talk about.

    It appears there is no there there. This, by the way, does not disqualify her to be a Senator as one can tell by the quality that now Shepperd us.

    Again I repeat Camelot trumps competence.

    Did she send her kids to public school. I know she is against vouchers.

    I love your partisan view of her. Using words like “demurred”.

    I translated your soft ball article as she didn’t say anything.

    You ought to fill in for Larry King when he retires.

    Your Honor, this entry is only good enough to wrap fish.



  2. Bill Manzi says:

    Well a happy New Year to you as well. Please keep in mind that Kennedy’s goals are necessarily different from a candidate that is seeking an election victory. She plays to a constituency of one here, and that will impact how she deals with questions from the press. I believe demurred was an accurate description (I know you prefer dodged.) I thought I conceded in the posting that she had managed to lose support from key Democrats, that the Governor had made known his anger over some of her supporters tactics, and that she could use a little more polish as a speaker. (Got to cut down on the “you knows”.)As always we are “fair and balanced” here, with a slight bias only when it comes time to support the policies of the local mayor. As far as a gig pinch hitting for Larry King I am in, if you can arrange it. I really hate fish, so that last comment struck home.


  3. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,

    I am only concerned about two things; (1) the horrible treatment of Sarah Palin by many including some Republicans and the Progressives on these blogs who will be kind to Caroline Kennedy in a way that Caroline Schlossberg would not get; (2) the aristocratic sense of entitlement. This has nothing to do with competence. None is required to serve in the Senate.

    For some observation of her Patriotism. She does not vote that often. She sent her children to private school instead of public school, yet she opposes vouchers. POOR PEOPLE YOU HAVE TO SEND YOUR CHILDREN TO THAT CRUMMY SCHOOL WHILE I SEND MINE TO A GREAT SCHOOL.So what has done for the public school system that she did trust her children to it? Her charity, like John Kerry, is quite limited.

    She is not gracious like her mother.

    My discussion in this matter is finished. I won’t harp anymore.

    Question: Who will Governor Patterson select?



  4. Jules Gordon says:

    Your Honor,

    I bet you can’t wait to bounce this one out of site. Wouldn’t blame you either.



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