Not only is Dowd's appeal for Kennedy cynical and sycophantic, but it somehow aspires to populism as well.
Congress, which abdicated its oversight role as the Bush crew wrecked the globe and the economy, desperately needs fresh faces and new perspectives, an infusion of class, intelligence and guts.People complain that the 51-year-old Harvard and Columbia Law School grad and author is not a glib, professional pol who knows how to artfully market herself, and is someone who hasn’t spent her life glad-handing, backstabbing and logrolling. I say, thank God.
Yes, Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg is one of the common people, not one of those professional, market-tested career politicians. Or, conversely, she is to the manor born, and government ought to come to her naturally, without the over-practised arts of the bourgeois political hack. But in the end Dowd's ultimate argument is that she has spoken with her, finds her intelligent, and presumes her politically correct. What you make of that depends on your estimate of Maureen Dowd. If you don't make a habit of blogging or reading op-ed pages, you may be excused for having no estimate of her at all. But perhaps you know your Green mythology better than she does. She equates the Kennedys with the tragic House of Atreus. That seems plausible to Dowd because several Kennedys have come to bad ends -- that's "tragedy" for some people. But the Atreus myth is about a family whose members are under a curse based on crimes against each other. That's not a flattering analogy for the Kennedys. Nor, probably, is Maureen Dowd's endorsement objectively flattering to Caroline.