With the surprise news that Caroline Kennedy has withdrawn her bid to be appointed to the now-vacant New York Senate seat, the field is suddenly wide open. Here’s a weird line from the NYT story: “Ms. Kennedy believed that the job was hers if she would accept it, the person (who was told of her decision) said.” Is this “person” just making that up? Or was Caroline Kennedy really convinced that the job was hers if she wanted it, despite the many contrary public indications? Interestingly, the NY Post reports (HT: PP) that Kennedy withdrew “after learning that Gov. David Paterson wasn’t going to choose her.” Choose your version of reality.
In any event, Gov. Paterson is expected to name his choice on Saturday (oddly enough). Who’s your best guess? Me, I think it’s either Kirsten Gillibrand or Carolyn Maloney (if pressed, I pick Maloney). And I think it would’ve been, even if Kennedy had stayed in.
And in other news, the Chief Justice re-administered the oath of office to President Obama, this time without booting the words. Just in case.