The AP is reporting that Caroline Kennedy will be appointed to fill Hillary Clinton's Senate seat:
Officials say the daughter of the late President John F. Kennedy will be the governor's choice to fill the New York Senate seat being vacated by Hillary Rodham Clinton.
Two people close to Gov. David Paterson tell The Associated Press they believe Caroline Kennedy will be his choice, but the governor cautions he's still looking.
This report appears solid, now that State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver is now willing to back Kennedy. The deal appears to made, which is disappointing. Not only will she have received the position because of the celebrity provided by her family name and a bullying, Wall Street faction in New York politics, but the general negativity surrounding her poorly run "campaign" for the seat over the last month makes her potentially vulnerable in 2010. She has appeared foolish and unqualified, giving Republicans a shot at winning a seat in one of the bluest states in the nation.
In equally important, thought far less noticed, Senate news, Denver school district superintendent Michael Bennet will be appointed to fill Ken Salazar's seat. Bennet was short-listed for Secretary of Education last month, but ultimately did not receive the job. He is best known for revising a merit pay proposal in Denver so that it would be supported by local teachers. His only political contributions are to Barack Obama (maxed out), and $1,000 to an education and environmental advocate who lost to Jared Polis in the CO-02 primary.
While I am glad that Ken Salazar's Blue Dog younger brother did not receive the appointment, Bennet doesn't seem to be an exciting pick. Also, it is a little disappointing that, with Barack Obama becoming President and Ken Salazar becoming Secretary of Interior, the Senate appears to have gone from six minority members to only four. The Senate really is one of the most retrograde institutions in the entire country.