(I know Jules Crittendon already has this kind of handled, but I saw this on my newsfeed and couldn’t resist).
Sockpuppetmeister Glenn Greenwald (yes, our sins do stick to us) just slammed the hiring of Jenna Bush as a TV personality in a post titled:
The lede is:
They should convene a panel for the next Meet the Press with Jenna Bush Hager, Luke Russert, Liz Cheney, Megan McCain and Jonah Goldberg, and they should have Chris Wallace moderate it. They can all bash affirmative action and talk about how vitally important it is that the U.S. remain a Great Meritocracy because it’s really unfair for anything other than merit to determine position and employment. They can interview Lisa Murkowski, Evan Bayh, Jeb Bush, Bob Casey, Mark Pryor, Jay Rockefeller, Dan Lipinksi, and Harold Ford, Jr. about personal responsibility and the virtues of self-sufficiency. Bill Kristol, Tucker Carlson and John Podhoretz can provide moving commentary on how America is so special because all that matters is merit, not who you know or where you come from. There’s a virtually endless list of politically well-placed guests equally qualified to talk on such matters.
Go read the whole thing, if you haven’t already. Then go read Crittendon’s scathing takedown.
Then go over to ABC News and read this:
Another Kennedy May Head to the Senate:
Will the Famed Family’s Legacy Linger on?
The race to succeed Kennedy has been effectively frozen in place as a handful of ambitious Democrats wait to see what Kennedy’s family members might do.
As reported by George Stephanopoulos today and confirmed by Patrick in a news conference in Boston this afternoon, Vicki Kennedy, the senator’s widow, is not interested in an interim appointment, if state law is changed to allow the governor to appoint a stand-in until the election.
With Kennedy’s widow apparently out of the running, attention has turned to the senator’s nephew, Joseph P. Kennedy II, who was a House member for Massachusetts for 12 years, in the emerging race to fill out the rest of the late senator’s term. One Massachusetts Democrat with close ties to the Kennedys said Joe Kennedy would make up his mind by the end of this week, and that he’s “about 50-50” on whether he will run.
Now I’ve got to tell you that I’m deeply disturbed by the notion that elective office is somehow heritable; but you know it’s funny – I don’t limit my disdain for those who politically agree with me.
In Update III, Greenwald hides behind a figleaf:
That said, today’s post is about a particular strain of royal succession: those who inherit their position and and whose achievement is attributable to their mommies and daddies and yet ludicrously purport to be Stern Advocates for (and Beacons of) Meritocracy and become righteous opponents of “unfair” affirmative action on the ground that only merit should determine advancement. Not everyone who inherits their influence is guilty of that.
So if you’re left, it’s OK to practice dynastic politics because, you know, you don’t really believe in freedom or achievement or anything like that. What an utter pile of crap.