DESPITE claims that he’s still undecided, Gov. Paterson is “certain” to pick Caroline Kennedy to replace Hillary Rodham Clinton in the US Senate, several unhappy contenders for the job have told friends and associates in recent days.
The contenders based their conclusion on the view that Paterson, after nearly two months of indecision, would “greatly embarrass” and “entirely humiliate” Kennedy, anger her prominent political family and even offend President-elect Barack Obama by picking someone other than President John F. Kennedy’s daughter.
Personally, I don’t see the right’s angst on this. It’s a given that New York Gov. David Patterson isn’t going to appoint a Republican, or a conservative Democrat for that matter. So it won’t affect the voting patterns in the Senate to any appreciable degree. Do we really want Patterson to appoint, say, Andrew Cuomo?
Such an appoint is consistent with the elitist snob society we are becoming. We’re only now ending two decades of two Ivy League educated families dominating the White House, and doing so with another Ivy Leaguer. The result is a ruling class that is both a hereditary aristocracy and an educational monopoly. Those of both major parties trash people like Sarah Palin who come from “outside the loop” and get away with doing it. So why not appoint someone who is, in American terms, an hereditary aristocrat to the body which is the counterpart to the British House of Lords?
It’s becoming clear that Americans’ capacity for self-government–that is, government by those who are really representative of the populace–is ebbing. There’s only one problem with this: when the snobs screw up big time, the only recourse is to revolt, as both the French and the Russians found out the hard way.
You make your choice and take your chance…