Even Representative/State Senator-Elect Steve Urquhart weighs in:
I don’t like her politics. For many, many reasons, I would not like to see her in the Senate. But, let’s stop asking whether serious devotion to motherhood is a disqualifying activity (which really is the question being asked – without, of course, actually being voiced).
Along with being a mother, Kennedy has accomplished much. Along with being a mother, she is very well educated. Along with being a mother, Kennedy is a serious writer and editor. Along with being a mother, she is a serious player in the public education arena. Along with being a mother, she is a political heavyweight.
Flawed and naive in some areas? Of course.
Unqualified? Give me a break.
If she were a man, the narrative would be much different. If, for example, her brother John were alive and being considered, the question of qualifications would not gain traction in the media (though, in that case, it should).
Everyone should be vetted. That’s fine and necessary. So, vet her. Don’t mock her and dismiss her. Don’t dehumanize her.
I agree. Much has been made about the fact that she hasn't yet held political office.
Which is interesting, given that she would replace Senator Hillary Clinton, who had not held office herself prior to being elected to the Senate.
Last time I checked, the Constitution, which sets forth the qualifications for Senators, has no requirement for prior office.
In fact, both of Utah' Senators have held exactly one elected office -- US Senator.