After Hillary

Kennedy Popularity Nosedives

Bad news for Caroline Kennedy’s campaign to replace Hillary Clinton in the Senate. A new poll out today finds her popularity has taken a “major hit,” with 44 percent of New York voters saying they have a lesser opinion of her now than they did before she started making noises about going to Washington. In a faceoff with state Attorney General Andrew Cuomo, 58 percent (and 54 percent of Democrats) prefer him over Kennedy; a month ago, Cuomo was the top choice for just 23 percent of Democrats. Fortunately for Kennedy, this Senate seat isn’t up to New York voters—it’s Gov. David Paterson’s opinion that matters most.