I’d love to be a U.S. Senator. I really would. I could not only vote on bills, but I could write them too. I’d be all over C-Span and would get to air my views each Sunday on the morning news shows. I think I could do a lot of good.
But my last name isn’t Kennedy, and I am not a cherished member of Manhattan High Society. I don’t know the right people, so of course I couldn’t be appointed the next U.S. Senator from New York. Little people like me need to run for town council, then for county commissioner, then for the state legislature and then, maybe after a nice twelve year career, the Senate.