Late word tonight is that Caroline Kennedy has told Gov. Patterson that she cannot accept the Senate seat of Hillary Clinton.
The supposed reason? That she has to care for her uncle, Ted Kennedy, who collapsed during the inauguration.
Now if I had been Gov. Paterson, the way I might have handled this is to get word to Mrs. Kennedy that if she withdraws for her own personal reasons, then I would not have to choose someone else over her. Which outcome do you prefer -- or need that be said?