Caroline Kennedy has recently expressed a desire to be appointed to what's left of Hillary Clinton's Senate term after Ms. Clinton becomes Obama's Secretary of State early in 2009. Alternet ran an article which addresses the question of Ms Kennedy's qualifications for the position she seeks, Is Caroline Kennedy Qualified? by MIchael Carmichael. The article's author takes the position:
Caroline Kennedy's life and achievements have been studiously secluded, but make no mistake -- her qualifications are solid.
My comment to this article appears below:
Experienced? No. Qualified? Maybe.
If one considers experience to be synonymous with qualification, then, no, I don't consider Ms. Kennedy to have enough relevant experience.
Is she intelligent? Undoubtedly so. Would she be able to get things done and to inspire others to do so as well? I think so.
So, I don't think sheer experience is the sole litmus test of whether a candidate is qualified to be Senator.
Do I think she could be a good Senator? I think it's quite possible, but I'd have to review the others who aspire to this position before I'd be able to judge whether she'd be the best person for the job.
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