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Posted by: MichaelW on Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Reportedly, Caroline Kennedy is begging off her nearly certain appointment:
Caroline Kennedy announced early Thursday that she was withdrawing from consideration for the vacant Senate seat in New York, startling the state’s political world after weeks in which she was considered a top contender for the post.


Caroline Kennedy announced early Thursday that she was withdrawing from consideration for the vacant Senate seat in New York, startling the state’s political world after weeks in which she was considered a top contender for the post.

Ms. Kennedy believed that the job was hers if she would accept it, the person said, but aides to Mr. Paterson would not comment on whether that was true.
Whatever. Personally, I've never been really sold on the whole experience thing, so I didn't care one way or the other. But, I think it's fairly obvious that Caroline feared the appointment would degrade her otherwise sterling standing amongst the liberal hoi polloi.

Or perhaps she learned that she wasn't going to get the appointment after all. Better to quit than get fired, I suppose.

Donklephant weighs in on the last point:
Supposedly, Kennedy doesn’t want the appointment any more, due to the poor health of her uncle, Senator Edward M. Kennedy. But Ted Kennedy has been very sick since the outset of the Lady of Camelot’s pursuit of the high office. More likely, Dame Caroline learned that the Governor intends to appoint someone else and was given time to gracefully withdraw and avoid further embarrassment.

Only two days ago, there were reports that Kennedy had the Senate seat sewed up.

In her brief mini-campaign, Dame Caroline failed abysmally to garner public support or to convince anyone other than close friends that she had any particular qualifications for the job, as I noted in a series of posts here, here, here and here.
It's probably just as well. New Camelot has taken up residence in the White House, so representatives of the ancien régime would likely be somewhat regarded as out of place and unnecessary. A royal victim of "Hope and Change" of course.
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Obamalot as Camelot II? I don’t buy. JFK at least had the soaring profreedom rhetoric. All BO does is chant about surrender. He calls it peace.
Written By: DavidL
Perhaps the real cost of the "new era of responsibility" came to fully realization in Caroline’s mind.

It takes a thick skin to deal with the push-pull of being a US Senator. She risked destroying not only her personal life with her family, but tarnishing the remaining illusion of JFK’s Camelot.

I think she probably made the better of the choices.
Written By: Neo
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Personally, I’ve never been really sold on the whole experience thing,
Well, the "experience thing" allows us to judge them. Absent experience we can look at, all we have to go on is what they say . . .

Now, she only wanted a Senate seat, not an executive position, so aside from judging her I don’t think experience has much to do with it. For an exaecutive position, like ship captain, governor, or president, I think real experience does count.
Written By: Don
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Word I’ve gotten is she withdrew her name as soon as she found out she wasn’t getting it through some backchannel or another.

My guess, based on what I understand of NY politics... and I’ve lived here since 1957... is that Andrew Cuomo will get the nod. Has anyone noticed they’ve been dragging Papa Mario out again after keeping the old guy in mothballs for around 20 years? And anyway, there’s the future to think about. ZSpecifically, two years from now, more or less.

Boy Andrew, for those who don’t know, is NY’s Attorney General. Or, AG for short. And in NY, AG stands for "Aspiring Gov". THe current Gov, Patterson, is many things, but he’s no political dummy. He knows full well if he doesn’t divert Cuomo’s asperations, he’s going to be out of a job in a couple years. Guess which way that’ll go.
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