The incomparable Wayne Barett at Village Voice gives us some insight in the blue bloods and rich people coalition that is going to stick us with a brat even more unwilling to work for us than W:
It would be an oversimplification to say that Mike Bloomberg is the main man behind the Caroline Kennedy tsunami that’s hit in the last two days. There are others behind the wave of support, as well. Some, for example, say that Rahm Emanuel has such a need to fill senate seats he’s now calling David Paterson instead of Rod Blagojevich.
Interesting, as Rahm Emanuel ducks reporters these days and NY Times threatened Paterson that not picking the Princess will subject him to speculations of corruption. And Reid is mentioned as well. As for Bloomberg?
Bloomberg’s 2009 campaign and Kennedy’s 2010 campaign will be run out of the same offices at Knickerbocker SKD, where consultant Josh Isay already helped orchestrate the term limits coup for clients Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn, and where he is now trying to help pull off his second coup in three months by securing the Clinton seat with a resume-reinvention for Ms. Kennedy..
Bloomberg wants Caroline’s name support for his forever mayorship
And we also get some glimpses of that resume reinvention:
The most tawdry part of the Bloomberg cheerleading, however, has been the exaggeration of the Kennedy resume. Aside from Caroline’s books–some of which have been collections of her mother’s favorite poems and other people’s essays–the only significant career accomplishment is the two months she worked part-time at Bloomberg’s Department of Education.
Two months, uh? It didn’t say this in the media blabber. And how much work did she do?
The former Klein aide who would only talk to the Voice anonymously said that he sat near Kennedy’s cubicle and that when she came in, she would “only stay a couple of hours or so.”
And then comes credit for other people’s work:
Klein “credited her with bringing in a $51 million gift from Bill Gates’s foundation,” according to a Times piece yesterday, but a top former Klein aide told the Voice that the Gates grant “was totally put together” by Michele Cahill,..
The frequently-cited $65 million for the Academy,is also hype.The Partnership for New York City raised $30 million of it from its own members, and hardly needed any heavy lifting from Kennedy to do so. When Caroline left, Kathy Wylde, the Partnership’s president, tried to depict Kennedy’s role delicately. “Her stature was absolutely critical”
As for the media? Writes Barett:
Kennedy has so far outdone Sarah Palin by enjoying media adulation virtually without talking to reporters.
Actually, Palin was crucified by the media and talked to plenty of reporters. But the comparison is welcome, seing that experience – or lack of it – was such a major issue with Governor Palin but is completely overlooked for Princess Caroline.
The best part is how she came to work for the awful Klein:
Klein, whose wife went to Radcliffe with Kennedy and was a bridesmaid at her wedding, recruited her at a social gathering in Martha’s Vineyard.
No wonder we are told that
Joe Biden’s Senate seat may go to his son Beau. Colorado Sen. Ken Salazar, Obama’s pick for interior secretary, could end up being replaced by his brother, Rep. John Salazar.
And Obama’s own seat could go to the son of the Rev. Jesse Jackson Sr. – less likely now in light of developments in the Rod Blagojevich scandal – or to the daughter of Illinois’ current House speaker.