So what qualifies someone for public office? I learned this the hard way but when running for office you must have a history of supporting the party you want supporting you. Many Ron Paul Republicans found this out rather quickly but most of them were largely under-funded, unknown and had difficult general elections even if they did win their primaries.
But in the latest chapter of political newcomers, Caroline Kennedy is not under-funded nor unknown among political circles. In her bid for Hillary Clinton’s now vacant seat, Kennedy is getting hounded by those in her own party for not having adequately supported previous Dems. While many of us can probably understand internal party politics (at least pretend to), I do not think the average voter really cares about a candidate’s actual monetary support to other candidates (outside of egregious cases) and would prefer to focus on the candidate themselves. However, if the kingmakers do not support the candidate then it takes an enormous amount of star power and money to overcome. Is this fair to the constituents of the party? Personally I don’t think so but politics is about power and if you don’t kiss the ring you can kiss your chances goodbye.