Ending her unusually open campaign for a gubernatorial appointment to the U.S. Senate, Caroline Kennedy has asked Governor David Paterson, Democrat of New York, not to appoint her to the seat that has been vacated by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
Kennedy issued a statement citing unspecified personal reasons. There has been speculation that the worsening health issues of her uncle, Senator Ted Kennedy, are behind her decision.
I wonder whether there's more to it than that. The serious nature of Ted Kennedy's cancer has been well known since it was first diagnosed. I wouldn't think that his family would consider his collapse at the inaugural luncheon for President Obama on Tuesday to represent a deterioration in his condition that is significant enough to cause such a change in plans.