Spreadin’ Love

"It seems hypocritical to on the one hand challenge Alaska Governor Sarah Palin's qualifications and readiness to have potentially assumed the presidency if something had happened to John McCain and if, of course, their ticket had won on November 4th and then on the other, say nothing about Caroline Kennedy's dearth of real policy and political experience to assume one of the most powerful offices in the country — even if a Senator is usually not as consequential as a President." [Steve Clemons]

My latest interest is best selling, nonfiction books. I have a good ten minute rant in me about how academics need to write for a broader audience. (JMT has heard it.) Also, there's gold in those hills. That's one of the reasons that I am so fascinated by Outliers. Read reviews by Brooks and Harry b.

Obama picks his Secretary of Education.

7 thoughts on “Spreadin’ Love

  1. Thanks for the link Laura. I agree about academics, especially in the humanities, where our work is valuable only if other people are exposed to it, and in the social sciences which can actually enhance people’s understanding of the social world.
    Caroline Kennedy: what a laugh! I find myself hoping a Republican unseats her.
    Arne Duncan: he could have done much worse. The first cabinet position I’ve cared much about, but also the first I’ve been pleased with.

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  2. Caroline Kennedy is not qualified to be veep, either.
    I don’t have a problem with Kennedy being appointed because I don’t think being a junior senator from NY requires much in the way of qualifications. I do care about CK’s policy positions, though, and I don’t think we know very much about what she believes, and that does matter to me.
    Regarding being “unseated by the Repubs”, one of the main reasons she has support is people think that’s less likely she would be (i.e. celebrity status, name recognition, and lots of money are good protections against that unlikely possibility).

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  3. I agree with bj. A junior senator doesnt really require much in the way of prior experience. I suspect that a bunch of senators came to the job without much experience (Bill Frist?).
    But, I dont know what CF brings to the table other than the name and fundraising.

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  4. I’m still waiting for a party realignment. Or, if it’s been a bad week, an angry mob carrying torches and pitchforks. Either way, I think the important thing is to make elected officials more frightened of voters.

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  5. Some senators do bring the experience of having run a senatorial campaign, and the votes of more of the people who voted than any of the other candidates. In the absence of the legitimacy that confers, picking someone solely because she has the right relationships with extremely rich and powerful people is no better than selling it for personal gain.

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  6. I’m still waiting for a party realignment.
    I’m still waiting for that too, MH. Not terribly hopeful, but still waiting.
    As for Caroline Kennedy, until I learn something about her skills and passions that for whatever reason hasn’t yet made the news, I’m inclined to use the same argument against her which I used against voting for Hillary Clinton in the primaries: the more we can do to prevent our already much-abused system to appear like a hereditary aristocracy, the better.

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  7. “It seems hypocritical to on the one hand challenge Alaska Governor Sarah Palin’s qualifications and readiness to have potentially assumed the presidency if something had happened to John McCain and if, of course, their ticket had won on November 4th and then on the other, say nothing about Caroline Kennedy’s dearth of real policy and political experience to assume one of the most powerful offices in the country — even if a Senator is usually not as consequential as a President.”
    This sentence is self-contradictory – a junior Senator is one of 100 and low down on the pecking order.

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