I keep hearing chatter that compares Jared Kushner’s lack of experience to Robert F. Kennedy.
I must now take up the cudgel for my first political hero … and it’s not Jared Kushner.
Kushner is under investigation by the FBI and Congress for something related to his father-in-law’s 2016 presidential campaign. He allegedly had some contact with Russian government officials that might be improper, it not illegal.
One of the arguments being offered is that Kushner doesn’t have any experience with government or public policy. They note that his father-in-law, the president, got around federal anti-nepotism laws when he appointed Kushner to be a senior policy adviser in the West Wing of the White House.
It’s the RFK thing all over again, some of them insist.
Hold the phone!
President-elect John F. Kennedy picked his brother to be attorney general shortly after winning the 1960 election. JFK joked at the time that a government job would give his brother some valuable experience when he decided to go into law.
I want to make a couple of points about Robert Kennedy.
One is that he had government experience. He had served as legal counsel to a Senate committee chaired by the infamous Sen. Joe McCarthy. He also served as a legal staffer working with his brother, Sen. JFK, on a Senate committee that looked deeply into organized crime within the labor movement.
After that, Bobby Kennedy then managed his brother’s presidential campaign. Sen. Kennedy won the presidency by a narrow popular vote and Electoral College margin over Vice President Richard Nixon.
Compared to the absence of any government exposure as it regards Kushner, RFK brought much more experience to his job as U.S. attorney general.
And, indeed, he used his Justice Department office as a bully pulpit against organized crime and in the fight to enact civil rights legislation. Oh, and he also played a significant role in heading off nuclear war with the Soviet Union during the Cuban Missile Crisis.
With that, I shall now cease listening to any further comparison between Jared Kushner and Robert F. Kennedy.
There is no comparison to be made, except to point out how utterly unfit Kushner is to perform the duties to which he’s been assigned.