Heart-ache: Sweet Caroline withdraws; Update: She’s still in it, claims AP; Update: And out again.

posted at 7:20 pm on January 21, 2009 by Ed Morrissey

So says the New York Post. Why? The always-reliable “personal reasons.” Anyone want to bet that Caroline Kennedy has a “personal reason” to end the embarrassing spectacle of her courtship of David Paterson?

Caroline Kennedy has told Gov. David Paterson that she is withdrawing her name from consideration to replace outgoing Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton in the U.S. Senate, The Post has learned.

Kennedy cited “personal reasons,” according to sources.

Her stunning move comes as sources revealed that Paterson had intended to appoint her to the now-vacant seat today.

The 51-year-old Camelot daughter’s decision removes the highest-profile name in the ring to step into Clinton’s seat, as she departs after getting confirmed as President Obama’s Secretary of State today.

Actually, the trigger may have been Paterson’s statement Tuesday that Andrew Cuomo was under consideration for the slot. The specter of losing after making such a public bid for Hillary Clinton’s seat may have been too much for the Kennedy mystique, or at least the Kennedy ego.

Now that Kennedy has backed out, though, is Cuomo a shoo-in for the slot? Are New Yorkers soured on dynasty politics after Sweet Caroline’s performance over the past few weeks? The Post reports that at leat 15 people might be on Paterson’s list, but none with a name like Cuomo’s. I’d bet that Cuomo gets the call by tomorrow.

Update (AP): I come home from a meeting with the boss, see the headlines about Caroline, pop a bottle of champagne — and now this at 10:38 p.m.:

Source: Caroline Kennedy remains in contest to fill Hillary Clinton’s NY Senate seat.

The Post claimed earlier that she backed out after Paterson decided not to pick her. Did The One ring him up and urge him to reconsider?

Update (MM): OK, now it’s safe to pop the bubbly back open. She’s truly, really, out now. For now.


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I have a hunch she’s going up to Massachusetts and giving that Senate seat a go soon. Hopefully in a free election.

HotAirJosef on January 21, 2009 at 9:00 PM

Well,like ya know,she turned it down ya know,
and ya know,maybe she knew there was alot of
work to it, ya know!

canopfor on January 21, 2009 at 9:01 PM

According to the NY Post, she decided to withdraw AFTER she learned she was not going to get the position.

nor on January 21, 2009 at 9:03 PM

Maybe Caroline went to one of those tea-readers,
and seen the future Obama administration,and
was scared straight,

or,

Caroline had a Liberal version of ‘An American
Carol’,accept in this version it had all the
Kennedys warning her of doom——–the Obama
Administration,

and they told Caroline,not to walk from HilRods
Senate seat,

but,’RUN Like H#ll’!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(Snark!)A Hem.

canopfor on January 21, 2009 at 9:10 PM

R D on January 21, 2009 at 8:40 PM

I assume you already know what’s OK to say.

We already are. :-)

SouthernGent on January 21, 2009 at 8:43 PM

We usually are, but some of the comments concerning Teddy’s health have been fairly Kosish.

Esthier on January 21, 2009 at 9:11 PM

My friends, this is a somber yet heartwarming example of true Family Values.

benny shakar on January 21, 2009 at 9:21 PM

There too many Kennedys in public office now.

Rick007 on January 21, 2009 at 9:21 PM

Then again who cares if she just rides off in the sunset.

Rick007 on January 21, 2009 at 9:23 PM

According to the NY Post, she decided to withdraw AFTER she learned she was not going to get the position.

nor on January 21, 2009 at 9:03 PM

“You can’t fire me; I quit.”

Disturb the Universe on January 21, 2009 at 9:27 PM

Loser

artist on January 21, 2009 at 9:31 PM

Great choices… almost too much for one accidental NY Gov. to handle.

On one hand you have a policial dynasty… on the other, you have Mr. Enforcer of White Guilt & the tip of the spear of the mortgage meltdown.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lr1M1T2Y314

gatorboy on January 21, 2009 at 9:32 PM

Wow, just wow. Thought that was a done deal… handed to her on a platter. I’m going to say she graciously bowed out because she realized she wasn’t quite suited for the job and that there were more deserving and more qualified candidates…hahahaha. Whatever, it was the right choice.

scalleywag on January 21, 2009 at 9:39 PM

Loser

artist on January 21, 2009 at 9:31 PM

LOL

scalleywag on January 21, 2009 at 9:40 PM

Nah, I think she figured out that… like… being a Senator is hard Work… you gotta be there to like, vote and stuff…

Romeo13 on January 21, 2009 at 9:51 PM

This must not stand. Incompetance has never stood as a reason to exclude a Kennedy before.

I have an exclusive confidential inside tip that Carolyn will be officially changing her race to African American.

That will clear up this little mis-understanding.

notagool on January 21, 2009 at 9:54 PM

There too many Kennedys in public office now.

Rick007 on January 21, 2009 at 9:21 PM

If the senate had 1,000,000 members, one Senator Kennedy would be too many.

MB4 on January 21, 2009 at 10:03 PM

I think she bowed out to avoid having to recite the oath of office? Those tongue twisters can be so embarrassing.

fogw on January 21, 2009 at 10:06 PM

buh-bye now. don’t let the door hit yer pampered ass on the way out.

homesickamerican on January 21, 2009 at 10:20 PM

Wow! Finally she did something smart.

Tommy_G on January 21, 2009 at 10:25 PM

This is disappointing. It would have been so cool to have benny shakar’s second-favorite “constitutional scholar” in office somewhere.

ddrintn on January 21, 2009 at 10:32 PM

seejanemom on January 21, 2009 at 7:29 PM

I know you don’t mean that, Mom. Now straighten yourself up and get some black coffee. You’re off the vodka for a month, you hear?

Jaibones on January 21, 2009 at 10:37 PM

Just like a women to change her mind…

RedSoxNation on January 21, 2009 at 10:49 PM

Ouch…my wife just hit me in the back of the head for my last attempt at a joke…oh well…

RedSoxNation on January 21, 2009 at 10:51 PM

Huh. How do I get a meeting “with the boss”?

Jaibones on January 21, 2009 at 11:01 PM

She’s done, and done for good. If she was truly up to the job, she wouldn’t have withdrawn at the possibility of getting turned down. She’s not much of a go getter, and only willing to take it if its served up on a silver platter. I’d say, this tenders the absolute proof of her unfitness for the job. But then again we already new that.

Red Creek on January 21, 2009 at 11:07 PM

Nah, I think she figured out that… like… being a Senator is hard Work… you gotta be there to like, vote and stuff…

Not if she took an example from the current President and Secretary of State…

NCJeff on January 21, 2009 at 11:16 PM

I have a hunch she’s going up to Massachusetts and giving that Senate seat a go soon. Hopefully in a free election.

HotAirJosef on January 21, 2009 at 9:00 PM

As a Massachusetts resident, I ask you to keep your opinions to yourself!!! :-)

ToddonCapeCod on January 21, 2009 at 11:26 PM

Your meeting with the boss, AP– was it good or principal’s office meeting?

Pasalubong on January 21, 2009 at 11:38 PM

Nah, I think she figured out that… like… being a Senator is hard Work… you gotta be there to like, vote and stuff…

Not if she took an example from the current President and Secretary of State…

NCJeff on January 21, 2009 at 11:16 PM

Dam… she musta read your post… now she’s back in?

Romeo13 on January 21, 2009 at 11:48 PM

If Kennedy did withdraw, she showed cowardice. Palin endured so much and never backed down.
Instead Caroline cries to the press to make herself an endearing woman who withstood enough drama that she could not bare anymore ridicule.
What kind of candidate has to have a hack president to get what she wants? Only a princess.

jencab on January 21, 2009 at 11:51 PM

Was your treatment of a certain governor of a certain state a subject of said “meeting with the boss?”

jimmy the notable on January 22, 2009 at 12:00 AM

http://wcbstv.com/breakingnewsalerts/kennedy.ends.senate.2.914497.html

Drudge has a new update: She officially states she’s out of it, for good this time.

Enoxo on January 22, 2009 at 12:31 AM

ummmm update – SIKE!

HawaiiLwyr on January 22, 2009 at 12:41 AM

check the magic 8-ball…..answer “hazy, ask again later”

HawaiiLwyr on January 22, 2009 at 12:41 AM

Did some Andrew Cuomo fan send out a fake press release? and the media just ran with it?

borg on January 22, 2009 at 12:47 AM

AP @ Jan 22 12:42 AM US/Eastern – now says she’s out.

Awww.

notta_dhimmi on January 22, 2009 at 1:05 AM

Michelle Malkin has an update that she’s out, and we can now sing, like the lefties “Na, na, na, na, na….”

Entelechy on January 22, 2009 at 1:11 AM

Entitled, indeed.

Entelechy on January 22, 2009 at 1:16 AM

And the usual pro-Kennedy media outlets get scooped by The New York Post (and, by extension, Fox News), to the point that even after Dicker broke the story, someone fed the AP a fake report that Caroline was staying in the race. Boy, that’s going to leave a mark on a lot of egos Thursday morning.

jon1979 on January 22, 2009 at 1:18 AM

You know, like, you suck.

Mr. Joe on January 22, 2009 at 2:12 AM

Is Patterson blind or what? How could he not pick her?

Mr. Joe on January 22, 2009 at 2:31 AM

Congrats to the good folks in NY who told Paterson they didn’t want her and to all the conservative web pundits who kept up the heat,chalk one up for Democracy. O will probably give her a consolation prize.

Done That on January 22, 2009 at 5:04 AM

In and out, in and out, in and out. It’s the Kennedy way.

SKYFOX on January 22, 2009 at 5:48 AM

The Kennedy vultures are circling ‘dear old’ Uncle Teddy’s seat. Who gets it Robert Jr? Joe, Jr? Sweet Caroline? Poor Deval Patrick that Obama/Axelrod acolyte better hope Teddy lives out the remainder of his term cause he won’t know what hit him.

eaglewingz08 on January 22, 2009 at 7:08 AM

Was this because Gov. Patterson thought she’d be a drag on him in 2010?

LFRGary on January 22, 2009 at 7:16 AM

Wow. I bet Caroline hugely regrets throwing her hat in the ring in the first place.

misslizzi on January 22, 2009 at 7:32 AM

Is this indirectly related to Gov. Blago? If he hadn’t appointed Tombstone Burris, who is determined to run in 2012, and looks beatable, the Dems might not have worried so much about holding the NY seat?

Wethal on January 22, 2009 at 7:49 AM

If the princess, you know, is really out, so what? The governor will appoint somebody else just as useless and worthless.

abcurtis on January 22, 2009 at 7:59 AM

She wanted it if she didn’t have to work for it…just like most things given to the Kennedy’s…she was probably shocked that she actually would have to be held accountable, actually would have to at least put on a show that she was working, shocked that she would have to have a staff and manage them…in other words, she was shocked that being a Senator is almost like having a real job…

right2bright on January 22, 2009 at 8:31 AM

Really?

Here’s what we know: Caroline Kennedy’s advisers and friends believed she would be appointed to Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat later this week, and were working with New York Gov. Paterson and the intermediaries on the roll out.

They fully expected it to come.

But then sometime early yesterday evening, around the time Clinton resigned her Senate seat, Kennedy called New York Gov. Paterson and said she was withdrawing for personal reasons.

Now, that set off another flurry of activity where it appears that some on Paterson’s team tried to convince her not to withdraw.

The Associated Press then reported Kennedy was not withdrawing. But then there was another conference call just around midnight, and Kennedy finally, finally withdrew.

Her team put out a statement saying … it was over, she is out, it is done.

All we know from her camp is that the reasons for her dropping out are “personal.”

–George Stephanopoulos

/headscratch in disbelief

Schadenfreude on January 22, 2009 at 8:38 AM

I think the Princess’ choice was doomed from the get-go, in spite of all the hype and Camelotty dreams. Remember who she and the rest of the royal clan supported for the presidency. Now think about the exalted position former Senator Clinton has at present. Think about all the Clinton cronies who populate the Obama administration.

I believe the word went out, possibly/probably behind Obama’s back, to the powers that be in New York (maybe Paterson, maybe others) that Secretary Clinton would not be amused if Mrs. Schlossberg, or Kennedy-Schlossberg, or just plain Kennedy, became her replacement. We’re still dealing with the Clintons you know.

Sloan Morganstern on January 22, 2009 at 8:42 AM

I think she will be back. She probably doesn’t want to spend the rest of her life in New York and is going to get the seat in Mass. I just hope she stays out.

Brat4life on January 22, 2009 at 8:47 AM

Tax issues?

Vashta.Nerada on January 22, 2009 at 9:15 AM

My God, she could almost run as a Republican.

Coronagold on January 22, 2009 at 9:26 AM

Benny – if withdrawing from an appointment because of a sick uncle is family values, what’s it called when you keep campaigning in spite of the imminent death of the woman that raised you or the return of your wife’s cancer?

JadeNYU on January 22, 2009 at 9:44 AM

w

hat’s it called when you keep campaigning in spite of the imminent death of the woman that raised you or the return of your wife’s cancer?

Are we talking about Newt Gingrich again??

Vernon Hardapple on January 22, 2009 at 9:48 AM

SECOND LOOK AT ROSS PEROT!

ZK on January 22, 2009 at 9:48 AM

Enough with this sad sack, enough! Is there one picture of her smiling anywhere?

FireBlogger on January 22, 2009 at 10:04 AM

I am glad that we don’t have to suffer through Princess Caroline on the evening news for the next 25 years.

I had a crush on her 40 years ago, but I knew it was for naught because she was a princess and I was a commoner.

I am tired of US political royalty.

molonlabe28 on January 22, 2009 at 10:29 AM

Horray!

The woman couldn’t handle the criticism and she is not accustom to having to get people to like and respect her.

Now, maybe, we will get a real politician to represent New York.

stefystef on January 22, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Now, maybe, we will get a real politician to represent New York.

stefystef on January 22, 2009 at 10:36 AM

Why does the words “real politician” make me shiver?

right2bright on January 22, 2009 at 10:38 AM

All this in/out/in/backout

it’s like she is back in college..

DaveC on January 22, 2009 at 11:44 AM

Something really smell, could there be some tabloid news on a Kennedy?
Perhaps enquirer has pictures of Caroline personal reason?

try again later on January 22, 2009 at 3:05 PM

Is Paterson blind or what? How could he pass up picking Sweet Sweet Princess Caroline?

Mr. Joe on January 22, 2009 at 6:45 PM

Oh wait, that Caroline Kennedy sex tape might be a problem. Oh wait, that is Paris Hilton. Nevermind.

Mr. Joe on January 22, 2009 at 6:45 PM

It is a good thing for Princess Caroline that Elliot Spitzer is not governor now, because he would have made her earn the seat the hard way!

Mr. Joe on January 22, 2009 at 11:00 PM

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