Suddenly, weeks after Caroline Kennedy's name first emerged as a candidate to fill the Senate seat that will be opened when Hillary Clinton joins the Obama administration in January, the establishment is very, very concerned—publicly—that she might not have what it takes.
On Dec. 10, Representative Gary Ackerman went on the radio to compare Kennedy to Jennifer Lopez. (Subtext: Famous, attractive, vacuous.) That same day, influential fund-raiser and Democratic National Committeeman Robert Zimmerman's said on CNN that no Democrats had endorsed the idea "because we're not a state of dynasty." On Dec. 11, Cindy Adams wrote a column in which she said she knew, for certain, that Kennedy had personally lobbied “decision-makers” for the seat despite not having made “her bones with any constituencies." Page Six carried an item reporting a joke David Paterson made at Kennedy's expense at a gala event.
Today, RWDSU head Stuart Appelbaum released a statement expressing concern that Kennedy's "voice has barely been heard during these long, last 8 years as so many of us have worked hard against the policies of the Bush Administration." And Representative Anthony Weiner gave voice to what he presented as the Clinton camp's dismay about the buzz surrounding Kennedy, who supported Barack Obama in the primary. "This isn't a jihad or anything, but I'd be lying to you if I said that supporters of Hillary don't remember where she was in the primary," said Weiner.
At this point, the opposition certainly seems to have all the trappings of a campaign. The leading voices speaking out against Kennedy aren’t presenting it as such.
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