When it comes to star power, none of the Kennedy heirs can compete with Caroline Kennedy. She has kept out of the limelight her entire life and has assiduously avoided politics, at least until now. Her sudden interest in New York's Senate seat may be fueled, in part, as much by a desire to continue the dynastic legacy as it is to serve the people of New York. For many New Yorkers, the question for Caroline is one of commitment: If she's not appointed by Gov. David Paterson to replace Hillary Clinton, will she still seek elected office in the future? If not, then Governor Paterson is responsible for choosing more than just New York's Senate seat.
Nick Ragone is the author of three books on government and politics, including Presidents' Most Wanted: The Top 10 Book of Extraordinary Executives, Colorful Campaigns, and White House Oddities . His blog is nickragone.com.