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December 16, 2008

Caroline Kennedy’s Resumé?

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It seems Caroline Kennedy has decided she’d rather have a US Senate seat than a pony for Christmas. — from: “Caroline Kennedy Lets Political Elites Know She Expects A US Senate Seat” by Jane Hamsher (HuffPo)

It’s always interesting to see what non-current images the newswires are propagating to characterize a news story. In those selections are usually the core elements of — and commonly, an editorial spin on — the underlying politics.

This 2005 AP shot many news sites have picked up off the wires can only stoke the fire coming from various quarters, especially several progressive bloggers, that Caroline Kennedy is an egregious choice to replace Hillary Clinton … especially now that Kennedy is apparently openly campaigning for the job. Especially in light of Obama -’s reform tune and gross governmental/Wall Street abuse of power, the attitude is (and what the image can easily amplify) is that this is an awkwardly wrong message to send rewarding (or even appearing to reward) someone for trading on name and privilege.

Considering the image again, especially paired with news stories about Kennedy pursuing the seat, many would assert what we’re looking at is a resumé.

(image: Chitose Suzuki, File/AP. March 7, 2005. caption: Caroline Kennedy, sits in front of an image of her late father President John F. Kennedy at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum in Boston. Caroline Kennedy has told New York Gov. David Paterson she wants to be the state’s next U.S. Senator, becoming the highest-profile name to actively lobby for the seat being vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton)

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