How does being on various non-profit boards, helping choose the new director of the Harvard University Institute of Politics, writing letters of recommendation for kids trying to get into a particular school, lending star power to raise money for public schools and being a Barack Obama insider qualify one for the United States Senate? Is the rule just that if one’s last name is “Kennedy,” all other matters are overlooked?

It’s nice to see that there are other Democrats in New York willing to speak up on this issue. The question, of course, is whether they will carry the day. I’m betting that celebrity will win out over substance in the end.