Caroline Kennedy Would Be a Good Senator, Jeb Bush Wouldn't

Who the American public wants in and out of office, part 2.

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By Bonnie Erbe, Thomas Jefferson Street blog

Caroline Kennedy has not exhibited any of the partisan hackery so widely promoted by the extreme right Bush brothers. Yes, she shares with the Bush brothers that she is a "legacy" who became famous via the accomplishments of her family rather than earning political rank on her own.

But I'll trade the quiet, nonpartisan style of Caroline Kennedy for the nasty partisanship of the Bush clan any day.

Her signature issues are education and civil liberties. She has raised millions for the New York City public schools and is afraid public schools will catch short shrift in the economic downturn. She has written two books on civil liberties. CNN's description of Kennedy:

Widely described as extraordinarily shy, self-deprecating and down-to-earth, Kennedy has tended to limit her forays into the public sphere to nonpartisan activity, penning books on civil liberties and serving as the de facto guardian of her father's legacy.

I can attest to her down-to-earth attitude. I interviewed her about her second book on civil liberties, The Right to Privacy.

The nation has expressed its desire to heal the partisan rift that began during the Gingrich Congress and was kept alive by the Bush White House. Kennedy is a healer. Jeb Bush is a fighter. We'd be much better off with her in the U.S. Senate than with him.

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