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Thursday, December 18, 2008

Prince of Wales for US Senate?

Steve Chapman at Reason Magazine has a suggestion for New York Governor Paterson: appoint HRH Charles, Prince of Wales, to fill Hillary Clinton's soon-to-be-vacant Senate seat instead of Caroline Kennedy:
Really, what assets does Jack Kennedy's daughter have that the son of Elizabeth II doesn't? Both owe their prominence entirely to their ancestry. Both are immensely rich thanks to the sacrifices and achievements of people who went before.

Both have often represented their families at the funerals of prominent people. Neither has ever had to stress about finding a job, meeting a payroll, or keeping government functions going during a budget crisis.

And here's the most newsworthy similarity: Both expect to attain a high office without the bother of having to submit themselves to the voters. And both will probably get their way.

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