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Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Words Well Writ

James Taranto:

Bloomberg columnist Albert R. Hunt makes the case for why Basil Paterson's son should appoint John F. Kennedy's daughter to replace Bill Clinton's wife in the Senate:

"[Caroline Kennedy] has all the qualities--intellectual curiosity; a friendly, at times pointed, sense of humor, and a deferential manner (she hails her own cabs)--that are the stuff of a good legislator."

She hails her own cabs! This is what passes for a common touch these days? Lots of New Yorkers can't even afford cabs and ride the subway instead.

When I originally read the Hunt piece, I came away with this feeling that someone close to Kennedy - and to Hunt - had asked him to do this promotional column to boost her image. Because there can be no reasonable explanation for this completely unreasonable bit of syrup.

Instead of helping her prospects, Hunt only manages to make himself look silly. And he does nothing to enhance Caroline's perceived persona.

But, to the point, I like that, "why Basil Paterson's son should appoint John F. Kennedy's daughter to replace Bill Clinton's wife in the Senate." Instead of Mario Cuomo's son, by the way.

Good stuff.