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The New York Times Tries To Kill Caroline Kennedy's Senatorial Aspirations With A Single Lede »

Ouch.  But, true!

In a carefully controlled strategy reminiscent of the vice-presidential hopeful Sarah Palin, aides to Caroline Kennedy interrupted her on Wednesday and whisked her away when she was asked what her qualifications are to be a United States senator.

In her first public appearance since letting it be known that wants to succeed Hillary Rodham Clinton, Ms. Kennedy emerged from a closed-door meeting with Matthew J. Driscoll, the mayor of Syracuse, where about a dozen reporters were waiting.

…as reporters asked why Ms. Kennedy was seeking the Senate seat and whether she was ready, she did not answer, then walked away, heading toward a waiting black sport-utility vehicle.

When one reporter asked what she would tell New Yorkers who question whether she has the qualifications for the job, Ms. Kennedy, 51, started to respond. But then an aide stopped her from saying more, and led her to the waiting vehicle.

“Hopefully I can come back and answer all those questions,” she called out as she got into the S.U.V.

If you really want this thing, Caroline, don’t fucking blow it with rookie mistakes like these.  (Although we really WOULD like to know what qualifies you to rep the Empire State in the Senate.  It’s only fair.)

In Appearance In Upstate NY, Kennedy Says Very Little (NY Times)