Looks like the Empire State’s version of “Family Feud” is looming on the horizon. The US Senate seat in New York state being vacated by Hillary Clinton might be filled by either Andrew Cuomo or Caroline Kennedy Schlossberg – depending on which prospective candidate does a better job convincing Governor David Patterson (via key state & national Democrats) that s/he is the person whose pedigree (& political connections) makes said person worthy of being anointed to the world’s most exclusive club. I personally don’t care who ends up getting the nod – either one of them will have to run for reelection in 2010 in order to hold onto the seat. What’s sad to witness is how America’s constitutional republic continues to slowly morph into a political aristocracy where the names of a select few are touted in order to dissuade other candidates from being considered based on their respective merits. This condition afflicts both parties & it shows no signs of abating. A media-centric, consumeristic celebrity culture, the erosion of civic responsibility, & the effectiveness of machine/”gangster” politics on a dynastic scale all contribute in challenging the assumption that a government of the people, by the people, & for the people can sustain itself in the long run. Agree? Disagree?