No. Obama doesn't reach that crowd with this choice. If that really were the group he was aiming at, then he really made the wrong selection. Those folks aren't going to respond to Rick Warren. Warren is one of the true crazies - he's just wrapped in a more pleasant package.
I have no doubt it's a political maneuver. I just don't buy that Obama really needs political cover at this point for anything he wants to do. He doesn't have some radical agenda planned, and he already has huge support. So what's the point of this?
Well technically, Kennedy is her maiden name, although I can't imagine why anyone cares about that. If my maiden name was Kennedy, or Clinton or Obama, I imagine I'd hang onto it too. Nothing wrong in being proud of your family.
This is a silly argument. Of course she ran because she thought she would win. Isn't that the way it usually works? Most people don't decide to run for Senate because they expect to lose.
The point is, Hillary Clinton did run for the seat, and in the process she faced off with Rudy Guiliani, who was then still very popular in NY. What we're talking about here is being appointed to the seat, which is a completely different thing. I'm not entirely opposed to the idea, but I'm definitely skeptical. But either way, your analogy to Hillary Clinton just doesn't work.
I have no feelings about Caroline kennedy one way or the other, although I'm a huge fan of Teddy. That said, I'm extremely skeptical about this idea. I'd be much more comfortable if she were currently in the House or some other elected office. If this were a special election, I'd certainly have no problem with her running. But I think being appointed to the Senate as one's first public office is a little much.
Of course, I'm also not thrilled at the prospect of one Salazar being appointed to fill the slot of the other (possibly).