Rick Wagner Column January 01, 2009

Kennedy’s sense of entitlement is emblematic of far left

The past year appears to have ended as a year of contrasts. And this week has shown a very obvious one between the once and future Senate hopeful from New York: You know, ummm, you know, Caroline Kennedy, who when asked why she wanted to be a senator managed to use the term “you know” 11 times in a 49-second sound bite, and I don’t know how many “umms.” 

She finally had to resort to simply throwing out catchphrases like” health care crisis” as well as several references that she was a Democrat. I doubt this performance will win over many followers of Daniel Patrick Moynihan, who held the seat prior to Hillary Clinton and was highly regarded for his eloquence and intellect. It does put one in mind, however, of her uncle Ted, who was asked about why he wanted to be president in 1979 and came up with pretty much the same answer. She will probably achieve the same result.

In contrast this week, we have heard from the Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni, a former Mossad agent and terrorist hunter who, in supporting the air strikes into the Gaza strip, told the Associated Press that her country had, “tried everything in order to avoid this military operation,” but that Israel would not “live under attack by Hamas.” 

Ms. Livni dwells at the other end of the spectrum from Ms. Kennedy — not trying to leverage her past as a Mossad agent in Paris and instead allowing her formidable abilities to speak for themselves.

One wonders how popinjays from The New York Times might have been received by her had they asked the same sorts of questions they hurled so blithely at Sarah Palin.

I’ve been waiting in vain for some article comparing Ms. Kennedy and Gov. Palin, who seems like Alexander Hamilton by comparison, but so far I must have missed it.

Ms. Kennedy and her sense of entitlement are emblematic of the far left’s choice of certain types of candidates, who seem to seek office simply because the office is available or to resolve some grievance. Her uncle Ted is an example of the first and Hillary Clinton is an example of the second.

We don’t have to traipse all the way to New York to get our drama with a governor-filled Senate seat, as we have our own little play unfolding in Colorado to replace Ken Salazar.

And many stand a tiptoe, hoping to be touched by Gov. Ritter’s mighty hand.

My personal favorite is Tom “Dollar Bill” Strickland, who twice ran for the Senate against Wayne Allard, spent big amounts of money and lost. According to the Denver media, he has recently made a $50,000 donation to the Obama inauguration fund and expressed an interest in the open seat — much like a coyote expresses an interest in the steak you left on the barbecue.

Tom is not alone in his desire to help Obama out, however. A handful of Colorado Democrats have donated $360,000 to help him place his hand on a Bible and swear to protect the Constitution.

I thought that the left was all about helping the downtrodden? Wouldn’t $360,000 be better spent to feed the homeless or discover “votes” for Al Franken in sofa cushions and whatnot?

We will have to wait a bit to see who is chosen to fill the still-warm seat Salazar is vacating, since in one of the unexpected decisions subsequent to his election, Gov. Ritter has not appointed a blue-ribbon commission to study a problem so that he can then do whatever his advisers tell him.

He now wants people to e-mail him with ideas for a replacement — then, he will do whatever his advisers tell him.

It really is exciting to wonder which out-of-work Democrat politician will next be named to an elected position by Gov. Ritter.

It’s such a money-saving move when you don’t have to go to the trouble of having an election.

Just ask legislators in Illinois, who were all about having a special election for the Senate seat until they met in Springfield and found that a Republican might have a good chance of winning the election. Now, regrettably, it’s too expensive.

There’s a contrast for you, representative democracy versus something else.

Rick Wagner offers more thoughts on politics at his blog, The War on Wrong, which can be reached through the blogs entry at GJSentinel.com.


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