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Kennedy Knows What She Wants While Obama Isn’t Sure What He Did!

16 Dec

Caroline Kennedy, who was part of Obama’s veep search committee, is off and running for Hillary Clinton’s soon to be vanquished Senate seat.   What qualifications does Ms. Kennedy have beyond being on Obama’s VP committee?

See full size imageLet’s see.  There’s her name and the poetic image of her taking over a seat once held by her late great uncle Robert Kennedy.  I’ve always been a Kennedy fan.  I thought JFK was a good president who might have achieved true greatness had he had the chance. 

I think RFK was a man of contradictions, who by the end of his life had figured out who he was and the nation was better for it.  RFK was going to be a greater president than his brother in my humble (but always correct) opinion.  But, of course he never got that chance. 

Instead the nation got Nixon another man of contradictions but whose personal demons rather than an assassin’s bullet brought him down.  Luckily, the country didn’t come down with him.

See full size imageBack to the Kennedys…. Then, there’s Teddy.   Yet another man with contradictions.  A man whose inaction and selfish acts may have contributed to the death of a young lady.  Ted Kennedy will never remove that stain from his record.  However, when you talk about Ted Kennedy, you must look at his complete record.  In many ways, Jack & Bobby’s youngest brother has surpassed them in real accomplishment.  Senator Kennedy has done an awful lot of good during his time in the Senate.

Taking the example of JFK, RFK and Teddy, other Kennedy clan members have jumped into public life.  Caroline has done her best to stay out of the public eye and yet now she is pursuing the family business at last.

Is she another person with contradictions?   Come 2009, we may all find out.

For Governor David Patterson, the choice on who to name will all come down to two things:  who can help him win re-election and who can win the special election in 2010 to finish out Clinton’s term in the U.S. Senate.

Caroline Kennedy, given her name, her history and her money, can help David Patterson on both counts.  No doubt she’ll be on the Governor’s short list if she isn’t already.

Switching gears…  So Caroline knows what she wants and Barack Obama isn’t sure what he did in relation to the search for his senate seat replacement.

For the record, I don’t think President-Elect Obama did anything  inappropriate regarding his senate seat.  I used to think his staff didn’t do anything inappropriate either.  I guess I still do.

But, I don’t think the Obama team is helping itself by how they’ve handled the Blagojevich mess.  Early on Obama and a member of his team contradicted themselves on whether anyone from their camp had any contact at all with Governor/Prisoner Blagojevich about the matter.  So, it didn’t get handled well from the beginning.

Since then, the Obama team has been quieter than you’d expect on this.  And then they took the interesting step of having their own lawyer investigate them.  Today, it was announced their lawyer cleared the Obama camp of any wrongdoing.

To be clear, I think their lawyer is probably right.  That said, it never looks good to have someone on the inside investigate you.  The “cynical girl” (Marshall Crenshaw reference!) inside of me always rolls my eyes at those kinds of investigations.   It looks even worse when your inside man or woman clears you of all wrong doing.

Anyway, we’ll see where it all leads.  I’m betting on ultimately nowhere, but hopefully this will remind Obama and his folks that it’s rarely the initial act but rather the mishandling of owning up to it that burns you in the end.

I wouldn’t be surprised if the Obama people did speak to the Governor/Prisoner about potential replacements.   After all, it was the man’s Senate seat and he going to be President.  Obama should have had some interest even if only out of curiousity.

Nothing wrong about that.  And even less wrong about just coming out and saying so…

The Jury Is Still Out, But It’s Not Looking Too Bi-Partisan Just Yet!

26 Nov

Soooooo…. When I started writing about politics on this here blog, I made the case that our current mess has a lot to with both major parties.  I stand by that.  And I stand by my statements where I’ve argued that being locked in partisan struggles and a blue versus red mentality has keep us from achieving much of anything on the most important issues facing us over the last 20 or so years.

Throughout the primaries and much of the general election campaign, I did my best to stay neutral looking for which candidate would be most in line with my views.  And, hopefully, most inclined to reach across the aisle to work with his or her opponents on ways to move us all forward.  In the end both Barack Obama and John McCain talked the talk.  I ended up supporting Barack Obama earlier than I thought I would simply because of John McCain’s horrendous decision on a running mate.  Ultimately, I’m satisfied that America (and me) made the right choice.

That said, my personal plan is to stay skeptical.  Let’s see (and hope) what President Elect Obama can deliver on.  I wish him well, but will not hesitate to criticize him when I disagree with his decisions and policies.

So let’s start right now!

Bi-Partisanship.  It’s a big word.  Lots of syllables.  It’s an even tougher concept to deliver on in DC.  And so far, Obama is not delivering.  I know it’s early, but I was expecting bigger things on this issue.  Where’s Lugar or Hagel?  Not in the Obama Administration.  So far, I think the only Republicans are Robert Gates staying on as Defense Secretary and a retired Marine general who barely admits to being a GOPer who’s in line for the gig as national security adviser.  Neither of those two situations makes me feel that Obama is up to much out of the ordinary.  Seems like the same old same old so far.  After all many administrations have had a person or two from the other side in their ranks.

Bi-partisanship of course is more than about who is in your cabinet.  Despite the Democratic majorities in the House & Senate, Obama may best demonstrate his new way of doing things by actually working with congressional Republicans where possible.

When it gets right down to it, the question is will Obama decide to rule from the center-Left or simply the left?  Given his political capital and the collapse of the GOP, Barack Obama can do either.  My suggestion and hope is that he will decide on ruling from the center-left as a uniter so that America can actually move forward on solving some of our greatest challenges.

America and Americans still can achieve great things.  Here’s hoping Barack Obama will prove to be the kind of leader who can bring out that greatness.  Naming a few more Republicans to his administration would be a good first step…

Face The Facts! The World Loves President Bush! (Video proof)!

26 Nov

Wow!  This piece of video goes a long way towards illustrating how the current administration & America is viewed by the rest of the world.  I realize that America must go it alone at times when pursuing our self interest.  But, the plain fact is even the mightiest nation on the planet (and its president) needs some friends to get things done.  Think our current president has figured that out yet?

PS – to the regular readers, my apologies for rarely posting over the last few weeks.  I wish I could say it was a result of drunken partying during an extended celebration of Barack Obama’s victory, but I can not.  Truth is that work has been really busy.  And as much as I love this blog, Daddy’s got bills to pay…

I’m sure you can relate and hope you will return now that I’ve got some time back to dedicate to Full Contact Sports, Politics & Nonsense!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!!