Lots of wacky high-jinks with Caroline Kennedy last night. I think it’s fair to say that her withdrawl from the race was badly bungled by her and her team:
The Paterson administration scrambled to respond to the news, providing contradictory answers to reporters’ questions. Just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, Errol Cockfield, Mr. Paterson’s press secretary, said the governor had dismissed reports that Ms. Kennedy was withdrawing as “just the rumor of the day.”
More than an hour later, Mr. Cockfield asked that that statement not be published, and suggested that more information would be provided by the governor’s office. But neither he nor the governor’s communications director, Risa B. Heller, would respond to further questions about Ms. Kennedy.
And this AP News alert sums up the confusion quite well:
Source: Caroline Kennedy remains in contest to fill Hillary Clinton’s NY Senate seat. (Corrects APNewsAlert with source saying Kennedy had withdrawn.)
It goes without saying that this is why it doesn’t make sense to have a completely untested candidate take over a Senate Seat. When rookie candidates make asses out of themselves on a smaller stage — say a House or State Assembly race — it ain’t no thang. But screwing with this much fanfare isn’t good news for anyone….except Rudy Giuliani, of course.
Update: Just to clarify, she is out now, per the first article I linked to. As demi notes:
This is, of course, great news for the Republican leadership in the New York State Senate, since Democratic women who are so scorned will never support to party again. (See, Clinton, Hillary.)
Given that New York is a center-right state and that Democrats will have a trouble capturing the Jewish vote now that they’ve put an Israel-hating Muslim in the White House, this pretty much guarantees a Rudy Guiliani cakewalk into the Senate.