Caroline Kennedy – Criticism is Unfair

Of course you have heard how Caroline Kennedy has expressed an interest in the soon to be vacated NY U.S. Senate seat but have you heard the uproar about whether or not she’s qualified. The requirements for the U.S. Senate are spelled out in Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution. Key requirements are: No Person shall be a Senator who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty Years, and been nine Years a Citizen of the United States, and who shall not, when elected, be an Inhabitant of that State for which he shall be chosen.

In case you only know Caroline as the daughter of a famous former President, did you also know that she has a law degree? She is licensed to the bar in DC and in New York? That alone makes her a more qualified candidate than a certain comedian who has caused a vote-by-vote recount in Minnesota.

Is it her famous last name that causes the criticism? If so, I could understand if her life had been lived off of her last name like a Hilton heir but she truly has forged her own path. Surely, I hope it is not her gender but I don’t think some would have questioned her qualifications if she were a man as there have been several sons that have made advancements based on their fathers (Adams, Bush, Cuomo, Daley to name a few).

The last time I checked this was still the land of opportunity, so I think she should be able to throw her hat in the ring just like anyone and everyone else that meet the minimum requirements.