Now that our esteemed Senator Clinton will be moving on to bigger things as Secretary of State in the Obama administration, the next question is who will fill her Senate seat. That responsibility lies with Governor Paterson, who can name someone to fill her seat on an interim basis until a special election can be held in 2010.
Senator Clinton, in spite of everyone who complained that she was a ‘carpetbagger,’ managed to be an effective Senator for New York, and in these difficult times, we need an effective replacement.
Caroline Kennedy, JFK’s daughter, has been proposed in the press as a plausible candidate. And on many of the measures of what would make a good Senator, she scores well. She has written about the Constitution; she knows many of the players; and as the daughter of a President, those who don’t know her will be more inclined to give her the benefit of the doubt.
Are we becoming a country where your political future is determined by your surname? The principle would have been odious to the Founding Fathers, but we came this close to having a second Clinton follow Bush, then Clinton, then Bush.
More basically, as far as our next Senator, is there nobody else out there who can do the job? I know that I’d be a rotten Senator: I have no patience for committees and very little tolerance for bushwa. But I’m sure that there’s at least one other person out there who would be a plausible candidate.
Or are we really that short on talent?