Nothing against Caroline Kennedy, who is a perfectly nice lady, good mom, etc. But is there any reason that New York’s appointed senator can’t be someone who just once has said something courageous and correct, or had an original idea on a public policy issue and expressed it? Why should she be chosen ahead of Jose Serrano, congressman from the Bronx and one of the steadiest and most eloquent critics of the Iraq war?

Or  Harry Markopolos, who has infinitely more insight than other senators into Wall Street fraud? New York is full of talented and brave individuals. For the son of Basil Patterson to  pass over the son of Mario Cuomo in order to pick the daughter of John F. Kennedy seems really lame.