The New York Times broke the story that Caroline Kennedy will tell Governor Paterson that she'd like to be considered for the Senate seat to be vacated by Hillary Clinton after the New Year.
Unlike many in the PUMA movement, I don't see this as a sign of the apocalypse. And as a New Yorker, Paterson's choice affects me.
I've already written about why I am okay with her. In fact, I cross-posted that to another blog where I write and oh my, did that cause a storm of protest. You'd think I'd advocating drowning a litter of puppies! That hate poured out against her was quite ugly, rooted more in her friendship with Obama than in her experience, or lack thereof.
I don't like or trust him still, but I don't hold that against her. Let me be clear that I don't endorse just her. She isn't my chosen successor. I'd also be fine with Carolyn Maloney or Kirsten Gillibrand. Any woman will do.
Women only gained 1 percentage point in representation after the recent election, up from 16 to 17%. Not exactly cause for celebration. We cannot afford to give up ONE SEAT to a man. As the late Bella Abzug said, she was working for the day when "a mediocre woman could get as far as a mediocre man".
So am I. I'd rather have a mediocre Caroline Kennedy than any man.