Washington Babylon — December 17, 2008, 10:00 am

Caroline Kennedy’s Inspiring Qualities

From the Washington Post:

Famously private, [Caroline] Kennedy nonetheless emerged during the Obama campaign as a political force of her own. Along the way, friends and colleagues say, she discovered that she had a higher tolerance than she thought for public appearances and a long-dormant desire for public service.

A “tolerance” for public appearances and a newly discovered desire for public service at the age of fifty-one? This is the best that New York can do?

Update: Geraldine Brooks has another important reason why Caroline Kennedy should be handed the New York senate seat:

She reads poetry. Anyone who doesn’t think that’s relevant needs to be reminded of William Carlos Williams’ observation: “It is difficult to get the news from poems, yet men die miserably every day for the lack of what is found there.”

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