Washington Ready

Caroline Kennedy is sounding more ridiculous all the time.
Kennedy offered no excuses for why she failed to vote in a number of elections since registering in New York City in 1988, including in 1994 when Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan was up for re-election as the state's senior senator.
Which suggests she's ready for the U.S. Senate.
"I was really surprised and dismayed by my voting record," she told the Associated Press. "I'm glad it's been brought to my attention."
It's a speaking approach that feels very familiar. Remember William Jefferson, the Congressman caught with a hundred thousand dollars in bribe money in the freezer? He of course denied the charges, and blamed authorities for ruining his reputation by leaking details against him bit by bit...
...urging federal prosecutors "to refrain from this process of death by a thousand cuts."
She'll fit in with convicted influence peddlers like Randy "Duke" Cunningham," who joins a list of "public servants" who are rewarded with their pensions while serving out their punishments.
More than 20 members of Congress who have been convicted of crimes, both Democrats and Republicans, are continuing to receive their federal pensions, at a cost of $1 million a year to American taxpayers. Among the convicted ex-Congressmen are Randy "Duke" Cunningham, who is serving an eight year prison sentence, Minnesota Senator David Durenberger, who pleaded guilty to using his Senate expense account for personal profit, and Dan Rostenkowski, the former Congressman from Illinois, who served 15 months in prison after being charged with a slew of corruption charges. Rostenkowski, the former Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee, is receiving $126,000 per year.
Yup - Caroline will do well there. She's actually got the gall to try to convince people that her newly readopted Kennedy name is a burden in her pursuit of the Senate seat.
And I think that in my family, I come into this thinking I have to work twice as hard as anybody else.
Or, perhaps, not thinking at all.