I am not really a fan of Caroline Kennedy, and not because I have some reason to dislike her, but because I simply know very little about her, but I have to say I have found the pile-on against her the last few weeks to be really quite distasteful. Another snippy piece in the NY Post today (Guess what? She is rich! Imagine that! A rich Kennedy!) reminded me of all the anti-Caroline pieces I have seen in the progressive blogosphere lately, and for the life of me, I can’t understand it.
I can understand and support some of the criticisms against her, but there seems to be a real mean-spiritedness directed towards her (and again, maybe that is just me reading into things). Every interview she gives is dissected, stripped of context, and played in the most negative light possible, and every thing she says or does is portrayed as if she has some nasty ulterior motive. From where I sit, she has not spent her entire adult life constantly mugging for cameras, she has not killed a campaign worker, she has not been arrested for drunk driving, and she has not pushed a bunch of execrable bullshit about autism. All she seems to have done is quietly go about her business, do solid charity work, and keep a low profile.
Yet for reasons I can not yet ascertain, she is the Kennedy everyone seems comfortable dumping on. Maybe I am just reading into things, or, as we all know I am prone to do- looking at things through my own bizarre filter, but it sure seems like a lot of unfair stuff is being chucked at her. The only thing I can think is maybe Clinton partisans who can’t let go are getting their payback at the Kennedy clan for their support of Obama.
And again, I really don’t care who the next Senator from New York will be, and truly have no dog in this fight. It will be a Democrat. Beyond that, I am grossly indifferent.
*** Update ***
Ok. Not alone. More here.