Thursday, January 22, 2009

Not Caroline

The real story will no doubt emerge in time. For now, it seems odd, to say the least, that Caroline Kennedy would have withdrawn from consideration for Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat because she is worried about her Uncle Teddy’s health. If anything, that would be a reason to persevere. In any case, it’s a disappointment. Had Kennedy gotten the post, had she done well (as she would have since her uncle would assure that she had a more than capable staff), and had she developed the requisite political skills (which she now conspicuously lacks), she could have gone on to win the seat the traditional way in 2010, and again in 2012, when Hillary Clinton’s term expires. Then she’d have been well placed to run in 2016 to become the first woman President of the United States. How sweet it would be if that Senate seat was indeed the launching pad to the White House – but not for Hillary!

How much sweeter too if, before too long, Hillary’s husband’s machinations lead to her untimely departure from the Secretary of State position for which she is so poorly suited. Bill Clinton will never be brought to justice – for killing nearly a million Iraqis through sanctions, for his crimes against the peace and his support for ethnic cleansing in the former Yugoslavia, for the death from the air that he visited from time to time upon defenseless populations – but a pale semblance of justice would be forthcoming if he and his “entitled” better half are made to depart from the political scene. That would have happened, had only Obama not been so “magnanimous.” But the alleged divinity, the One all those snake oil salesmen (and women) at the National Cathedral yesterday entreated, works in mysterious ways. Until the news of Caroline’s withdrawal broke, it seemed that She just might have something up Her sleeve that would put Obama’s mistake to advantage. Now, alas, it’s clear that that too won’t happen; that notwithstanding the pronouncements of those ecumenical charlatans, Providence is decidedly overrated.

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