Caroline Kennedy to Replace Hillary?

Check out this speculation from NBC’s Andrea Mitchell on the possibility that Caroline Kennedy, daughter of JFK, may be appointed to fill the New York senate seat being vacated by Hillary Clinton — who has been offered the post of Secretary of State by President-elect Barack Obama.

Though Caroline Kennedy has never held elective office, she is an attorney and has been involved in organizations such as the Commission on Presidential Debates and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund.  Here’s a link to her wikipedia biography.  She raised her political profile a bit this year with her endorsement of Obama during the contest for the Democratic Party’s nomination.  If she is appointed to the Senate, we’ll no doubt begin to hear rumblings from far-sighted pundits about a Caroline Kennedy bid for the presidency in 2016. 

The Kennedy family of course continues to be an object of fascination with the American public — some even think of them as our own equivalent to “royalty.”  And as one might expect, there’s quite a corpus of Kennedy literature out there. 

A quick search of the library’s catalog located several books about Caroline Kennedy and her family that may be of interest to our readers:  Sweet Caroline:  Last Child of Camelot by Christopher Andersen; American Legacy:  The Triumphs and Tragedies of John and Caroline Kennedy by C. David Heymann; and White House Nannie; My Years with Caroline and John Kennedy, Jr.  by Maud Shaw; John and Caroline:  Their Lives in Pictures by James Spada; The Kennedy Family Album by Linda Corley with photographs by Bob Davidoff; and The Kennedys:  Portrait of a Family by Richard Avedon and Shannon Thomas Perich.

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  1. Caroline Kennedy’s resume (from wikipedia):
    B.A. from Harvard University
    J.D. from Columbia Law School
    Wrote two books with Ellen Alderman:
    * In Our Defense: The Bill of Rights In Action (1990)
    * The Right to Privacy (1995)
    Edited several books, wrote one on the Kennedy family. Currently President of the Kennedy Library Foundation, a director of both the Commission on Presidential Debates and the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, and Honorary Chairman of the American Ballet Theatre. She is also an adviser to the Harvard Institute of Politics, a living memorial to her father. The Senate would not only be getting another Kennedy and all the stuff that goes along with that but also Jackie’s daughter, A girl raised at arms length fromt he rest of the clan. She would probably be the first Kennedy to serve in the Senate or House who has not been to rehab since Bobby back in 1968. She would be great. . . .

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