On this, I agree with Charles Krauthammer, who is thankful (sorta) that Kirsten Gillibrand was picked over Caroline Kennedy for that Senate seat:
The most important thing about her is not upstate or downstate, guns or no guns. It's the fact that she is not a Kennedy.I'm glad to see her crushed. It pained me to see her being crushed.
My only regret is that Caroline diminished herself unnecessarily and was actually humiliated in a way that was unfortunate. She is not an unworthy person, and it was all self-inflicted.
But, on the other hand, I am happy to see at least one instance of the reversal of a trend into dynastic succession, which we have a lot of in this country.