On Wednesday she called Gov. David A. Paterson, who will choose a successor to Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Her concerns about Senator Edward M. Kennedy’s deteriorating health (he was hospitalized after suffering a seizure during President Obama’s inaugural lunch on Tuesday ) prompted her decision to withdraw, this person said. Coping with her uncle’s condition was her most important priority, a situation not conducive to starting a high profile public job.
Whatever. Senator Kennedy has a wife, he lives in Virginia and Massachusetts, and he doesn’t have any minor children to look after, so I’m unclear about the services that Caroline Kennedy thinks she might might offer him. What does “coping with her uncle’s condition” involve? I suppose if that’s a deal breaker for you, then you really shouldn’t be in the Senate. (Hey–Gerald Ford was President while his wife was seriously impaired, and John Edwards pursued his latest White House bid after wife Elizabeth’s cancer recurred. What’s so rough about an ailing out-of-town uncle?)
UPDATE, 1/22/09: Hey–don’t complain to me! Senator Kennedy doesn’t like the fact that he’s being used as an excuse by his niece, either. (Via The Daily Beast.)
UPDATE, 1/22/09, evening: Aaaaannd, amateur hour just rolls on and on, doesn’t it? I can’t believe this. (And yes, I’m talking about Gov. Patterson as well as Kennedy! Please, everyone: tell “your people” to STFU already.)