Monday, December 29, 2008

Dame Caroline finally speaks for herself ( know...kinda)

(Hat tip: Michael Calderone at

Dame Caroline of Camelot finally sat down with several major media outlets over the past few days, presumably to counter the growing criticism of her running away from questions and saying little or nothing about the issues that will come before the Senate she wants to join.

At her sit-down with The New York Times, she got testy about the questions she was asked. Reactions in the rest of the media -- print, broadcast and online -- was, to be generous, less than enthusiastic. New York Daily News columnist Michael Goodwin delivered this especially blunt assessment:

But a strange thing is happening on the way to the coronation. The wheels of the bandwagon are coming off. Fantasy is giving way to inescapable truth.

That truth is that Kennedy is not ready for the job and doesn't deserve it. Somebody who loves her should tell her.

Her quest is becoming a cringe-inducing experience, as painful to watch as it must be to endure. Because she is the only survivor of that dreamy time nearly 50 years ago, she remains an iconic figure. But in the last few days, her mini-campaign has proved she has little to offer New Yorkers except her name.

The YouTube video above is actually the audio of portions of one of her press interviews. In a way, I wish it were different, but I've listened to hundreds of office seekers in my time, and IMHO, compared to many of them, Dame Caroline seems uninformed, uninterested, uninteresting, and at times incoherent.

Listen to it and judge for yourself.

1 comment:

  1. Hi John,
    It's Laura Ross here - Ed Perlmutter gave me the link to your blog. Delighted to be in touch and to hear/read your comments. Had like discussion with Jim Conroy yesterday but for interesting rationale of Kennedy race read Politico - only thing that makes sense to me. Glad you're up there. Laura