The Party Guest that Nobody Invited

Briefly this morning,

The more the New York Times talks about Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg [Author’s note: there is some confusion about whether my use of her second surname connoted something or other, so I’ll strike it here and leave it in the metatags.] and her attempt to muscle her way into Hillary Clinton’s senate seat in New York, the clearer it becomes just how big a rift she’s created in New York and national Democrat politics with her attempt.

When front-page articles about a Kennedy at the New York Times end on a note like this:

Ms. Kennedy came to the interview with two aides, who had reserved the back room of the Lenox Hill Diner, on Lexington Avenue near 78th Street, for several interviews scheduled on Saturday.

As things wrapped up, a reporter tried to pose another question, but she interrupted him.

“I think we’re done,” she said.

…one doesn’t have to be a rocket scientist to guess that her nepotistic attempt at grabbing that Senate seat has set off a gigantic ickybomb in New York State.   I’m not privy to the conversations generating all the Pepto Bismol and gin sales, but I can guess that they’re moving a lot of both right now. 

Just on the face of it, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg has made herself the poster child for cronyism and nepotism in New York State with this attempt, and my sense is that everyone at the Times knows just what a terrible problem she’s created as a result.   Her “reasons” for seeking the office remain, by the NYTs’ own reporting vague and specious, simultaneously cautious and defiant, apart from her pedigree and her own confident assertions.  And my guess is that the hand wringing over her candidacy is only beginning, because she seems determined to follow through with it.

I think Ms. Kennedy-Schlossberg has poured a big cup of hot coffee right in the lap of New York politics and everyone is trying to figure out how to react to that burning feeling.