Kennedy Qualified and Palin Unqualified? That's Just Plain Snobbery

Okay, maybe -- maybe -- someone could have given Kathleen Parker the benefit of the doubt as a voice of "loyal opposition" when she recommended that Sarah Palin drop out of the race after her interview with Katie Couric. That is a big maybe.

The maybe comes from the fact that Couric -- no intellectual giant herself, given that she offered no comment on Joe Biden's claim that "when the stock market crashed Franklin Roosevelt got on television" -- did make Palin look awkward with "gotcha" questions probably scripted for her and that she would never have asked any Democrat.

Clearly, McCain's traitorous and inept team threw Palin to the wolves.

But with her latest column comparing her own criticism of Palin with concerns about Caroline Kennedy's lack of experience as she vies for Hillary Clinton's Senate seat, I have to conclude that Parker just has it in for Palin. Weighing, among other criteria, relative "erudition," Parker concludes that Kennedy is more qualified to be senator than Palin was to be vice president. What evidence does she present?

Well, she "has authored several books."

I was not familiar with Ms. Kennedy's oeuvre so I did a search.

Here's something to delve into in our wood-paneled libraries, her latest, published in 2007: A Family Christmas.

Or maybe Parker sees Kennedy as a woman of letters as evidenced by her 2005 literary collections, Best-Loved Poems of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis and A Patriot's Handbook: Songs, Stories, and Speeches Celebrating the Land We Love.

One suspects that the Patriot's Handbook was part of the larger post-9/11 effort by liberals to reclaim -- or rather co-opt -- the word "patriotism," for among the standard textbook offerings in the volume are several reprints of speeches by her father and uncle, as well as songs by Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead.

Oh, we have also heard that one of Ms. Kennedy's areas of expertise is "education." Although she could list A Family of Poems: My Favorite Poetry for Children on that part of her resume, she would have to give credit to her scholar/collaborator, John J. Muth.

And I am certain that it was the strength of her intellectual abilities and not her family name that garnered the publishing contract for Profiles of Courage in Our Time in 2003.